I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven’s door, not by the beauty of it all, nor by the lights or decor. But it was the folks in heaven who made me sputter and gasp. I mean the thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics and the trash. There stood a kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice. Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice. Herb, who I always thought was rotting away in hell was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.
I nudged Jesus, and said: “What’s the deal? I would love to hear your take, how’d all these sinners get up here? God must have made a mistake. And why’s everyone so quiet, so somber – give me a clue.” “Hush, son,” He said, “they’re all in shock. No one thought they’d be seeing you.”
Many of us have read this little story before, but it’s really profound when we ponder what God has in store for Christians when we get to heaven. In Randy Alcorn’s book entitled “Heaven” He put it this way about learning in Heaven: ” When we enter Heaven, we’ll presumably begin with knowledge we had at the time of our death. God may enhance our knowledge and will correct countless wrong perceptions, and then set us on a course of continual learning. Once we’re in resurrection bodies with resurrected brains, our capacity to learn may increase. Just think about how much more we will discover about God.”
Will we find books in Heaven? We know that sixty-six books, those that comprise the Bible, will be in Heaven, “Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89). There is the Book of Life which contains the documentation of everything ever done by anyone on earth (Revelation 20:12). Found in the Book of Malachi there is a remarkable passage that tells us God documants the faithful deeds of his children on Earth (Malachi 3:16-18).
While some people take these books figuratively, to represent God’s omniceience, we should not assume these aren’t real books. God makes a permanent record so that the entire universe will one day know his justification for rewarding the righteous and punishing the wicked. God is watching, He is keeping track. In Heaven he’ll reward us for our acts of faithfulness to him, right down to every cup of cold water we’ve given to the needy in his name (Mark 9:41). And he’s making a permanent record in Heaven’s books. – Randy Alcorn
What we do now is not discarded once we enter eternity. What we learn now is not erased in Heaven….What we experience in joy and understanding and insight now is not destroyed, but is the foundation on which all our eternal experience and growth is based. – Sam Storms