The vision of God



“…I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven” (NRSV, Matthew 18:10)

Heaven is not where God is, but where God is seen.  It is the immediate sight of the Eternal Maker, of the Lord in his glory, “…who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (NRSV, Revelation 1:8).  And that sight of the King in his beauty (Isaiah 33:17) is what the angels are at this moment enjoying.

The angels are the highest creatures God has made.  We are half animal, half spiritual, but they are pure spirits, intelligent beings who occupy a place above that of human beings in the scale of existence.  When first created they underwent a period of probation to give them the opportunity of choosing God of their own free will.  Those who were led by their knowledge and love of God to desire him above all else and to have him for all eternity, they were counted worthy to see him face to face and, in their dazzling perfection, to enjoy that blessed state for ever.

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