There are several stories about Heaven and what will happen there, but most are full of misconceptions and have no biblical proof to back them up. For example, some stories depict Heaven as boring, with people living somberly in the clouds. However, these groundless views of what Heaven will look like and what we will do are not in accordance with what the Bible says. So, what will we do in Heaven?
There will be several eternal activities that believers will be indulged in when in Heaven. From some passages in the Bible, Heaven will consist of activities like worshiping God and engaging with other believers socially. Additionally, people will work and serve God using their special spiritual gifts. Scholars also believe we will participate and contribute to culture in Heaven.
So, is there work in Heaven? What does the Bible say people will do in Heaven? Will we feast in Heaven? What does it mean to rule and reign with Christ? Continue reading to get the answers to these questions and more.
Is there work in Heaven?
Revelation 14:13 says we will rest from earthly labor in Heaven. “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” However, we will still work in Heaven, as everyone will have a task. Revelation 22:3 tells us that we will serve God in Heaven. However, theologians posit that the kind of labor in Heaven is not similar to earthly labor.
Some people cannot comprehend working in Heaven because most have been working on earth. But the good thing is that the work in Heaven will mostly involve worshipping God and not the earthly work we do. Our job in Heaven will be simple, serving the Lord because we are his servants.
Human beings were created to work from the beginning. Genesis 2:15 says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Another core hint that makes us believe that we will work in Heaven is because God calls himself a work. In the gospel of John 5:17, Jesus teaches and notes that his father, God, is still working in Heaven. Therefore, just as the book of 1st John 3:2 reads, we will be like God when we appear in Heaven. This indicates that we will join God in working, as we are his servants.
Therefore, if biblical evidence is anything to go by, then we know that angels already have special jobs in Heaven, also believers will have some jobs too. Even John, in the book of Revelation 22:9, calls himself a servant. And just as in the book of Colossians 3:23, whatever we will be doing in Heaven will be to glorify God.
Therefore, though we cannot conclusively say which kind of work we will be engaged in Heaven, we know for sure we will be working just like our father God is working right now. We also know that the labor we will be involved in Heaven is nothing close to earthly labor. The scripture tells us that death liberates us from earthly labor, and that will be it.
What does the Bible say people will do in Heaven?
Our main job in Heaven will be serving God. Revelation 7:15 says, “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.” There is enough biblical evidence to indicate that though we will be resting in Heaven, we will also have to serve God. The service in heaven, however, will not be hard labor, like on earth.
Additionally, each Christian has been given a gift, and the probability is high that we will be using the gifts in Heaven. 1st Corinthians 7:7 says, “I wish all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has a gift, another has that.” Scholars of the Bible tend to believe that each one of us will use the gifts given to us by God to worship Him.
The book of Romans also talks about serving, what theologians and scholars, and even the Bible, says we will be doing in Heaven. Just like God said, we serve diligently on earth, which is what we will do in Heaven. Romans 12:7-8 says, “If it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then encourage; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Even when John had a vision where he saw Christ in Heaven, he was being worshipped. Several theologians claim that though we have a low rank than angels in Heaven, we will engage in some activities that they are engaged in, like worshiping God.
Will we feast in Heaven?
The Bible does not straightforwardly say that we will feast in Heaven, but a few scriptures hint so. During the Passover, Jesus told his disciples that there would be drinking in the kingdom. Mark 14:25 says, “Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.” Jesus also went ahead and mentioned that he has to go before us to Heaven so that he can prepare a place for us.
However, we do not know which kind of food will be on the heaven menu. We know for sure that we will be like Him in Heaven. 1st John 3:2-3 says that we know that when Christ appears, we will be like him, and everyone who hopes in him will be pure like him.
What does it mean to rule and reign with Christ?
The Bible in the book of 2nd Timothy 2:11-13 says, “Here is a trustworthy saying, if we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, and we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown us.” Christians, in some ways, share the anointing that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, enjoys. The Bible also calls Christians co-heirs with Christ. This means that we will share in his throne.
However, some theologians note that though we will be given some authority and enjoy some anointing in Heaven, it won’t be the same for everyone. The kind of authority one receives will be based on how obedient one was to God’s commandments while on earth. However, this line of thought has no biblical proof at all, as the scripture says that it is not by our works that we are saved but by the grace and mercy of God.
Therefore, theologians believe that to rule and reign with Christ means that we will have some privileges that Christ has. Just as Christ overcame the devil and conquered death, so will we also rise from the dead and go be with him in Heaven. Worshiping and serving our father, who is God.
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