The Joys of Heaven
By John Bunyan (1628 – 1688), Author of The Pilgrim’s Progress
“There is no good in this life but what is mingled with some evil; honours perplex, riches disquiet (disturb), and pleasures ruin health. But in heaven we shall find blessings in their purity, without any ingredient to embitter.
O! who is able to conceive the inexpressible, inconceivable joys that are there? None but they who have tasted of them. Lord, help us to put such a value upon them here, that in order to prepare ourselves for them, we may be willing to forego the loss of all those deluding pleasures here.
How will the heavens echo of joy, when the Bride, the Lamb’s wife, shall come to dwell with her husband for ever?
Christ is the desire of nations, the joy of angels, the delight of the Father; what solace then must that soul be filled with, that hath the possession of him to all eternity?
O! what acclamations of joy will there be, when all the children of God shall meet together, without fear of being disturbed by the antichristian and Cainish brood!
Is there not a time coming when the godly may ask the wicked what profit they have in their pleasure? what comfort in their greatness? and what fruit in their labour?
If you would be better satisfied what the beatifical vision (beatific – seeing Christ) means, my request is that you would live holily, and go and see.”
[From: Bunyan’s Dying Sayings]