Face to Face


The Pleasures of Heaven

Key Bible Verse: For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12, ESV)

Dig Deeper: 1 John 3:1-3

When we first saw [the ultrasound image of our grandson, Aksel], we stared at it, turned it, and moved it so we could take closer looks. We studied the picture so carefully that we thought we could identify [him]. He was a living human being, but he was nearly completely unknown to us.

Then he was born. Suddenly, he became to us a living, colourful, crying, hungry, needy, and adorable little boy. Today we look forward to the times when he [visits us]. Aksel unstraps himself from his child seat, opens the car door, and skips and hops and runs to the back door to let himself in. No sooner than he is through the door then off come his shoes, and he begins telling us a story about something that has happened. We knew his existence in the ultrasound, but we not know him face to face. Knowing Aksel now is so amazing that we don’t even look at the ultrasound image anymore.

Our pleasurable experience of God now is an ultrasound image compared to the living, interactive reality we will experience in heaven. Our communing with God now, even in our best moments, is but a black-and-white, static image of the ecstatic union we will experience in heaven.

– Scot McKnight in the Heaven Promise

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