Rev 3:12 “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.”
How can I refrain from evil for all eternity?
If I get tired worshiping for two hours in church, how will I praise God for eternity?
Will heaven be boring?
We all know the answer to these questions intuitively. We know that we will be free of sin, rapturously worshipful and joyfully occupied for all eternity, but I want to share a thought which gave me great comfort regarding why this is so.
First, what is infinity minus one? Mathematicians agree that infinity minus one is still infinity. Even if you managed to subtract a trillion from infinity, infinity would continue to stretch out indefinitely, infinitely.
Similarly, the Bible says God is One. He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct Persons and yet is undivided, undiminished, God, unifying the parts into one Whole.
God has a way of giving away parts of Himself without being diminished. For example, without losing any of Himself, He gives life to every man. This is no small accomplishment. Anybody can create a puppet or even a computer that makes logical deductions, but self awareness and emotions such as love, and actions, such as sacrifice, cannot spring from dead, inert materials.
How can people be conscious unless God breathes into them life and the light of consciousness? In this sense we are all His offspring and can never be uncreated. Why? Because, without diminishing Himself, God put something of His very own nature into us. As has been said, in this sense we are “sparks of the divine.”
Whether we live eternally in His presence or outside His presence, live we shall.
Fast forward into the eternities to come.
Will I refrain from evil for all eternity? (Fidelity)
Will I be able to praise God for all eternity? (Joy)
Will I have eternally satisfying aspirations? (Purpose)
Yes! Because in heaven we shall be as He is.
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
Yes, we are now created in His image; yet we cannot see Him face to face. But in heaven we will see Him so and not perish. We will awake in His likeness in a much greater sense than now. We will be like Him! We will be direct partakers of His very nature. In heaven we will possess the name of God. We will not be Gods but we will have God’s name written upon us and thus share of His nature.
What do we know about God and His nature? One thing we know is that He is infinite in every attribute, including fidelity, joy and purpose. Therefore in Him, because of Him and because of the very Nature that He grants us, we also will be forever faithful, eternally joyful, and never, ever bored for even one moment. We will drink from eternal springs and eat forever of His delights!
We do not need to fear sin, apathy or boredom. Why? Because the Eternal One will stamp His very nature hard upon our soul.
For infinity minus one (or even a trillion) is still infinity.