“Hound of Heaven” Meditations: 31. Achievement
Rev 21:3 God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
People will quite often ask, what will it be like in heaven? Will there be heavenly choirs and will we just be worshipping God all the time? Is that it? The very questions suggest there will be something more than this, more than simply singing.
Revelation 4 and 5 are prophetic visions that convey truths. Whether they convey what is going on all the time in heaven is questionable. When we get to the end of Revelation we see various things that might convey a bigger picture. “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (Rev 21:2) That followed, “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.” (v.1)
A change has come about. The world as we know it has gone only to be replaced by a new creation and, intriguingly, there is no sea. Sea divides. But there is more. The old Jerusalem, the supposed place of God’s dwelling once, has gone and is now replaced by a new city that is full of expectancy like a bride waiting to meet the bridegroom, as we saw yesterday. And in case we aren’t catching the full import of what John is seeing, it is followed by our starter verse today: God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
This is the goal to which the ‘Hound’ is pursuing us – God with His people, God dwelling with them, their God. There is a sense of solidity and purpose and sureness about this statement; it is the goal that God has for us. But isn’t He with us now – Immanuel? Aren’t we indwelt by His Spirit so we are one with Him? Yes all of that is true but there seems there is much more for this new earth continues as v.22-27 indicate – a new world AND a new city and the light of the city that seems to permeate the world, is the Lord Himself. I feel like I am trying to convey color to myself and others who have only ever known grey. It is almost a concept beyond us. Singing all day? I don’t think so. Consider this world that God made with its staggering variety and complexity. In the new eternal existence it must surely be much more glorious, wonderful, complex and varied than anything we can presently comprehend. Rejoice in the wonder of today but rejoice that He has something that is so much more glorious so that the most common word the writers used was “like” as they failed to describe heavenly visions in earthly terms. Hallelujah!