Saturday, October 11, 2003

This morning, Sam Storms, a professor at Wheaton, delivered a message on Edwards' view of Heaven that absolutely blew me away.

The very brief crux of it was this: Heaven is not a place of stasis (as we tend to imagine it--we're plopped down into a beautiful place and that's sort of it for eternity). Rather, it is a place where our enjoyment of God will be ever-increasing. Because He is infinite and we as creatures are finite, we will never reach the end of Him, even in our glorification. The more we desire of Him, the more He will reveal to us and meet that desire. And then the more we see of Him, the more our desire for Him will be increased. Whatever we desire (which will be completely God-centered, because our desires will be sanctified) will be gladly given to us. And so on into eternity. The implications of that, if you chew on it for a while, are staggering.

I had never heard of Storms before, but his presentation (based on Edwards) of our ever-expanding enjoyment of God was worth the trip in and of itself.

This evening is J.I. Packer on The Glory of God and the Reviving of Religion.

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