The Joy from heaven interprets three different ways expressing our love to God through heart, bliss, and worship.

There are many pictures of [Heaven] which imaginative church leadership might describe in sermon and song—some of these are even supported by scripture. …streets of gold [Revelation 21:21], mansions [John 14:1], a palatial and lavish table spread as a marriage feast [Revelation 19:9] for innumerable guests all wearing white [Revelation 6:11] and drinking a divine vintage [Mark 14:25]. And no one sees a time piece anywhere, neither is there any concern about time since there is no setting sun [Revelation 22:5]—the most definitive sign that we have entered eternity. A crowd gathers, an excited assembly, a worship service, a saintly choir with an angelic accompaniment [Revelation 5:9; 7:9]. In perfect unity they raise one voice to sing a new song.

In The Heart

(Pastor Lenny Evans, Niles Ohio)

“Christ did not die so much to get us into heaven as He died to get heaven into us”.

But these acts describe the appearance of things, a glorified body in the tireless ebullience of an eternal youthfulness, but do not envision what changes might be occasioned in the heart that might make this all possible. 

We shall know then [I John 3:2] more completely the unity that the Trinity shares [John 17:22]. We have enjoyed here but a taste of the “love” that defines God Himself [I John 4:8] that will define our relationships then. Sorrow, grief, and fear will then no longer challenge  our happiness [Revelation 21:4]. 

In The Beatitudes

In this life our happiness is tied to living within the wisdom of Jesus’ sermon on the mount. Here is profound insight into our current reality that will be exchanged for that heavenly reality. Our worldview which explains suffering will be laid aside for a heaven-view without suffering. The beatitudes [Matthew 5:3-12] encapsulate sources of happiness now which will be exchanged then for an eternal joy:

  1. Now, our happiness is tied to our relinquishing everything we have and are for His service, which Jesus goes on to explain, includes a few tears.  We will then exchange this all for a tear-free inheritance in the Kingdom of God  [Matthew 5:3].
  2. Now we mourn as an expression of a deeply meaningful prayer life—essential to our happiness here, which we will exchange then for an eternal comfort [Matthew 5:4].
  3. Now our happiness is tied to a passionate desire to sacrifice all to follow Him.  We will someday inherit all things that now we have surrendered in His name [Matthew 5:5].
  4. Now nothing gives us more joy than by faith to know Him and share in His calling [Philippians 3:10]. Then we shall know the happiness of being forever with Him [Matthew 5:6].
  5. Now, our happiness is tied to giving, not receiving, but then we will be the beneficiaries [Matthew 5:7].
  6. Now we eschew evil. We joyfully stand tall in the winds of trials that blow [Ephesians 6:14], but then, our lives will be defined by a happiness free from trials [Matthew 5:8].
  7. Now we seek peace and reconciliation and forgiveness, the forerunners of all happiness here. But then, we shall share in the peaceful unity of God’s family [Matthew 5:9].
  8. We rejoice now to share in His sufferings [Philippians 3:10] in our world. Then our happiness will be complete when we are welcomed into His [Matthew 5:10-12].

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:21

Our happiness now, in short, is tied to this world’s experience, to a worldview that makes sense to us in terms of the joy of our salvation, that includes the trials and sufferings of this life. We have learned to sing in prison [Acts 16:25]. Our happiness then will be tied not to a worldview that must include suffering or persecution.  Our happiness then will  be a worship experience unleashed, unhindered, unchallenged.  [Psalms 115:18].

Worshipping God

Our worship of God is the key to our happiness.  We get but a glimpse here of what will be a way of life there.  Our worshipping God is a complete expression of who we are. Worshipping God is the ultimate expression of our unity in which each believer finds self-expression and complete self-fulfillment. Acting in God’s interests serves our own. Heaven becomes the place where our interest is to serve Him.

Psalm 37:4 New International Version (NIV)

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Worship then will be as natural and as “us” as breathing is now. It might be best explained in 7 words:

Acting in God’s interests serves our own.

Our happiness feeds off worshipping God. In heaven love will be mutual, shared—no longer misunderstood, no longer expressed with faulty or clumsy miscues, no longer unrequited.  Zephaniah gives a glimpse….

Zephaniah 3:13; 19-20

No violence rages in their eyes
And no deceit upon their tongue
No more guile and no more lies.
A song of praise and worship sung.
Like precious lambs in pastures graze
Which lie contented all their days 
No longer will they be dismayed
In safety they are unafraid.

His word fulfilled for all who roam 
To gather them and bring them home.

John H. King – United States

Reverend John King’s ministry as a pastor/teacher spanned the years 1969-1993. Pastor King was known in Western Pennsylvania for his knowledge of Koine Greek and Classical Hebrew, having taught in Western PA Bible Institute in Butler, The Lighthouse Ministry in Washington, and Faith Seminary in Bethel Park, PA in the 1970’s. He also taught at the Charismatic Conference in 1979 at Duquesne University. He graduated from a four year ministerial program at Northeast Bible College, which is now Valley Forge Christian College, and later returned to complete a course of study for a B.S. in Bible. In 1982, he received a Master of Bible Theology from the International Bible Institute & Seminary. Currently retired from the pastorate, he lives with his wife of 50 years in their townhouse in Massachusetts.

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