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When I was a young Christian and spent quite a bit of time with my high school friends, some would speak of their hopes for a heavenly home, mixed with their fears about the nature of tha Is it disembodied Maybe I want to reach a heavenly rest but I will miss all these things - good things - that I enjoy here. I was talking once with a Christian singer/songwriter on a concert tour. Before the concert, he said he enjoyed deer hunting. He was looking forward to an eternity where he could shoot a deer, it would fall down, get up, congratulate him on a good shot, and be completely unharmed.
These ideas about eternity are entertaining. But they are contradicted, in part, by Isaiah 65:17-18, In verse 17 we are told that in the new heavens and new earth we won’t remember “the former things.” Do you enjoy fishing, hunting, gardening, making cheese, or playing the trombone in this life? That’s perfectly fine. Eternity will be a place of delight. But “the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind” (v. 17, ESV). We can expect the Lord to give us joys and delights that we don’t have now. Yet we will not miss anything. We will be glad in what the Lord gives us. It will be better than we can imagine.
That’s just the point of the Christian life, isn’t it? We are made new in Jesus. We don’t cling to the old. And as we look to God’s recreation of all, we can’t imagine what it will be like, but we know it will be good.
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