This past Sunday (02.24.13), as a small part of the sermon, Pastor Josh spoke about glorying in and knowing Jesus Christ intimately throughout all eternity. Here is a part of what he said:
Eternal life is glorying in and knowing intimately Jesus Christ… full complete knowledge of the infinitely beautiful and satisfying Jesus. It’s not only eternal because it’s long, it’s eternal because of its depth.
Pastor Josh then refered to Jonathan Edwards’ thoughts on what eternal life looks like for the children of God. John Piper, in his book God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards, references this same train of thought by Jonathan Edwards. Below you will find a few paragraphs from this book that elaborate on what it looks like to glory in and know Jesus Christ intimately throughout all eternity.
Implication #6. Heaven will be a never-ending, ever-increasing discovery of more and more of God’s glory with greater and ever greater joy in him. If God’s glory and our joy in him are one, and yet we are not infinite as he is, then our union with him in the all- satisfying experience of his glory can never be complete, but must be increasing with intimacy and intensity forever and ever. The per- fection of heaven is not static. Nor do we see at once all there is to see—for that would be a limit on God’s glorious self-revelation, and therefore, his love. Yet we do not become God. Therefore, there will always be more, and the end of increased pleasure in God will never come.
Here is the way Edwards puts it: “I suppose it will not be denied by any, that God, in glorifying the saints in heaven with eternal felicity, aims to satisfy his infinite grace or benevolence, by the bestowment of a good [which is] infinitely valuable, because eternal: and yet there never will come the moment, when it can be said, that now this infinitely valuable good has been actually bestowed.”44 Moreover, he says, our eternal rising into more and more of God will be a “rising higher and higher through that infi- nite duration, and . . . not with constantly diminishing (but per- haps an increasing) celerity [that is, velocity] . . . [to an] infinite height; though there never will be any particular time when it can be said already to have come to such a height.”45 This is what we see through a glass darkly in Ephesians 2:7, “[God seats us in heaven with Christ] so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” It will take an infinite number of ages for God to be done glorifying the wealth of his grace to us—which is to say he will never be done.