In the previous article, we found, based on several instances in Scripture, that we will know each other in Heaven. What a joyous thought! But we won’t just know the people we know now in this life; we will all know each other.
My heart leaps with anticipation when I think of taking a walk by the River of Life with my Old Testament heroine, Ruth. And I currently have a literary crush on one of the great writers of old, A. W. Tozer. Hearing him chronicle the moments that inspired his great works is near the top of my list of things I want to experience at least once in eternity.
As my imagination was running wild, thinking of all the people I will get to meet and live with in Heaven, I was reminded of a fascinating scene in Revelation 7. In verse 9, John describes a great multitude of people, filled with representatives from every nation, tribe, people and language. This disparate group of saints is standing before the throne of God.
There they are, in God’s presence, finally together in Heaven. Yet none of their diversity as distinct nations and people groups is lost.
The prospects of this boggle my mind. Each culture will maintain its individuality, but obviously in a better way. Ethnic groups will no longer be in competition with one another. Cultural trends and inventions will only be used for the glory of God and for the enrichment of the Kingdom.
Revelation 21:24 tells us that the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into the New Jerusalem. the Heavenly City. The unique gifts and contributions of the various people groups we enjoy now will continue and mature, thereby sweetening our daily walk with one another.
So, in Heaven we will work — building, creating and applying our God-given talents in ways we’ve never dreamed possible. As if that weren’t enough, we will all know each another, fellowship with one another, and enjoy the absolute best that human culture has to offer in a completely sinless environment.
This grand gathering of multicultural saints will be knit together through faith and love in our Lord. Jesus will bring us together through His blood-bought covenant, and He will meet us there in the New Jerusalem. There we will live in community — a festal gathering, where all the evil has been removed, but the good things God gave man the ability to create will be redeemed.
A perfect world!