Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Beauty of God Pt. 3: The New Heavens and the New Earth

This is the third and final part of my paper about my meditations on the beauty of God.

The promise of salvation is that one day we will be able to behold the beauty of God face to face.  Many in Scripture desired to see God face to face, but they could not bear to look because the brightness of His beauty and glory overwhelmed them.  In Exodus 33, Moses asked the Lord to show him His glory, but God said in verse 20, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live”.  God did reveal His glory to Moses but only his backside not his face.  Paul likewise encounter the living Christ in all his beauty and glory on the road to Damascus and was struck blind because of the brightness of His radiance. 
            The joy of heaven is that for the first time we will get to see God as He truly is.  We will get to fully experience His beauty and bask in the warmth of His glory.  Revelation 21:3 says, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them”.  What is probably my favorite promise in all of Scripture in found in Revelation 22:3-5.  It says the following regarding the New Heavens and the New Earth:
“There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.  And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.”
In heaven, the beauty of God will eternally be on display.  For the first time, we will experience completely unhindered worship of God.  We will be in awe of His beauty from the first moment, and that awe will never cease but will endure forever!


*Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture was taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, by The Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.

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