“We know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.” 1 Cor. 13:9-10; “In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Gal. 5:6
Lord Jesus, life in the new heaven and new earth is going to be jaw-dropping astonishing, for many reasons. For starters, your return will put an end to all knowing and loving “in part.”
Biblical and theological differences, skirmishes, and wars will be a thing of the past. For we will see you, Lord Jesus, in all your glory and grace—the “Yes” to every promise God ever made in the Scriptures, the Point of every passage in the Bible; the One about whom the Law, Prophets, and Psalms speak.
The best teaching, preaching, writing, and theological reasoning (this side of your return), will all be seen as woefully inadequate descriptions of your magnificence and mercy—mere hints, whispers, and approximations of your glory and grace.
We’ll all be gladly humbled, awe-struck, undone, and overwhelmed about just how worship-worthy, breath-taking beautiful, and impossible-to-fathom loving you really are. Indeed, when we see you, Lord Jesus, we will be made like you.
Perfectly conformed to your image, we will begin our forever life of loving each other just as fully and freely as you love us right now. Jesus, in light of that Day, convict and compel us to love better in this day—much better. In your tender and triumphant name, we pray. Amen