Question of the Day

Will we miss those who are not in Heaven when we are in Heaven?

A member of my church mentioned, during a rabbit trail of his sermon, that Christians will not miss those who are not in Heaven, because Heaven is perfect…there is not more tears, pain, suffering, etc…therefore it must be so.

I do not know if that is true. I do not know if it is even something we can know for sure. But at first thought I recall that there is tears in Heaven. Although it is Christ Jesus who wipes away those tears. I am not sure I even like that line of thinking, because an extreme case of this type of thinking will lead to hyper-Calvinism… “I don’t need to share the Gospel, cause God is ultimately in control and did not want everyone in Heaven in the first place and I will not miss any one who is not up there any way!”

Albeit, this person was NOT preaching a Calvinistic sermon and he is not a hyper-Calvinist by any means. He did not mean it that way, but when reflecting on this question that thought came to my mind.

To me, it is vital that we think about eternal life while we live in this temporary one. It is vital that we share our faith. And while I do not want to merely give out “get out of jail free cards.” I do think that the after life, Heaven and Hell can, will, and should motivate us Christians to share our faith and the unsaved to act upon the Good News. Becuase Hell is real.

We should build relationships of discipleship and not merely save’m and leave’m. Of course. But do not forget about how real and life changing the message of Heaven and Hell really is.

Now back to the question:
“Will we miss those not in Heaven?

I have heard and read some pre-millinalist dispensationalists say that “Yes. We will miss those not Heaven.”

So what do you think?

Sealed w Holy Spirt

Eph 1:13-14
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

These two verses are encouraging to me. And I like to use them in the P of the “tuliP” argument.
(P is for
“Perseverance of the saints.”) On this issue I agree with John Calvin.

The argument is that none who are truly saved can be condemned for their sins or finally fall away from the faith. The idea in sum is “once saved, always saved.” And people who “fall away” from faith, were NOT ever truly saved in the first place.

Now this is a very controversal topic and again it is one of the non-essentials. What you think about this toppic in the end does not really matter, we are all going to live and get along together when we reach Heavan and have full understanding of the topic as God reveals these things to us.

I have recently read an interesting thought-provoking, but not convincing argument, “can the seal be broken?”
The more I read about their positions, the more I am confused by their understanding of Scripture…
Thet try to say that you can lose your salvation with one sin, but not all sins are of equal degree and then they try to examine scriptures and determine who is in Heaven and who is not due to their sins. King David is a good example. Based on his adultery is the “man after God’s own heart” not in Heaven?

Some intersting reads, that is for sure…..