1 Corinthians 2:9 states that “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (KJV). In other words, “The best is yet to come.” There are “glories” that come to the Christian who has left this life. Paul speaks of these glories in 1 Corinthians 15:40-44. Paul uses the word “glory” seven times, and calls attention to the different phases of glory as seen in the sun, moon, and stars. He then takes these glories and indicates that there is a difference in glory between the earthly physical body and the heavenly body. Our earthly body is corruptible and ceases to exist after we die, but the heavenly body will live on. Our heavenly body corresponds to the earthly body, as far as identity and likeness goes, but it is spiritual and incorruptible in nature and quality. Human language cannot describe the glories that are waiting for believers. The Apostle John, in Revelation 22:1-6, saw seven glories for the believers in heaven. We want to look at these glories very briefly… THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
The glory of a perfect environment… Revelation 22:3… “The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be therein” (ASV). None of the imperfections of earth will be there. Nothing that has cursed mankind shall exist there. Whenever the prophets saw a crisis in their nation, they often were transported in a vision where they saw the throne of God (note Isaiah 6:1-8, Ezekiel 1, Daniel 7:9, Revelation 4:1-3). Why? God reassured them as to whose world it was and showed them the right throne. The first glory that the believer experiences when they arrive in heaven is the throne of God. THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
The glory of perfect service… Revelation 22:3… “And his servants shall serve him” (ASV). The word “serve” means “to minister unto God, worship, give honor.” Many people serve the Lord here on earth with handicaps such as criticism from others, lack of finances, pressures, anxieties, persecutions, and a lot more. Yes, they love the Lord deeply, and they see a need and try to fill it. But in heaven there will be freedom from earth’s restrictions. This is the second glory the believers will experience… pure worship and service. BUT THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
The glory of perfect vision… Revelation 22:3… “And they shall see his face” (ASV). No longer is God’s face (presence) hidden. Often on earth, His presence is not seen or felt because of imperfections in the human character. But in the perfect environment of heaven, there is no sin and the believer experiences the glory of seeing God. 1 Chronicles 16:27 speaks about glory, honor, and power in God’s presence. Exodus 33:13-15 speaks of rest in His presence. Psalm 31:20 speaks of security in His presence. Psalm 16:11 speaks of joy in His presence. Acts 3:19 speaks of refreshing in His presence. THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
The glory of perfect character… Revelation 22:4… “And his name shall be on their foreheads” (ASV). The “name” stands for character. Your name here on earth is a prophetic insight into your character. For example… my name is George. The meaning is “a seed planter, a farmer, a tiller of the soil.” I like the phrase “growth facilitator” better. My name is a picture of my character and ministry. Not being in heaven as yet, my character and ministry are not perfect. In heaven, God puts His name in my forehead; i.e., His character becomes my character. Here in this life, we struggle to perfect our character. In heaven, the struggle is over. THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
The glory of a perfect day… Revelation 22:5… “And there shall be night no more” (ASV). Night speaks of darkness and all its “hidden works.” These hidden works cause sorrows of every kind. The glory of heaven is that it’s a perfect day; there is no darkness. Nothing can go wrong when everything is righteous and free from defilement. We all long for the glory of a perfect day. We do try to make a good day here on earth and often we fail. THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
The glory of perfect light… Revelation 22:5… “For the Lord God shall give them light” (ASV). Note Revelation 21:23… “For the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamp thereof is the Lamb.” The word “candle” refers to manmade light, artificial light. With all the great sermons preached today, it’s still “candle” light. THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
The glory of a perfect rule… Revelation 22:5… “And they shall reign for ever and ever” (ASV). Here on earth, we reign with limitations. We start and stop. Our work is related to time, minutes, hours, days, months, and years. How do you describe forever and ever? After death, all time disappears. We are free from hindrances. No one in heaven can say, “I have no time.” We reign as kings forever. THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME… There is a glory that is beyond earthly glory, and it is waiting for us. Paul spoke of the Holy Spirit in 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 and 4:1-10 and he states that God gave us the “earnest” of the Spirit. The word “earnest” means “a pledge of something given in advance, as security for the rest that is to come.” God gave the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. While you wait for the glory that is yet to come, be filled with the Spirit. Walk in faith and love and hope… keep pressing on.
Pastor George Belobaba
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