The Heaven Answer Book
By Billy Graham
Fear will not be present in God's eternal kingdom. We won't need locks on the doors, or bars on the windows, or alarm systems warning of intruders. Everything that causes us fear right now will be eliminated.
Fear is a powerful emotion with many dimensions, and the one that affects us most is described as "distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain-whether real or imagined."
If we were familiar with another of fear's definitions, however, it would cancel out the preceding one. You see, fear can also mean "reverential awe"-giving full respect to our holy God, who will execute judgment on the unrighteous. Those who dwell with the Righteous One will have nothing to fear, however. The Bible says, "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe" (Proverbs 29:25). This is why the phrase "fear not" runs throughout Scripture. Victory over evil will prevail in the kingdom of God. John writes, "Perfect love drives out fear" (1 John 4:18).
Today, fear stalks the world. Even though the psalmist said, "In God I have put my trust; I will not fear" (Psalm 56:4 NKJV)-in our frail humanness, fear still creeps in. Jesus knew this and said, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32).
Everything in Heaven is made perfect by God, and His perfect love will conquer all our fears. In Heaven, we are promised unending reverential fellowship with our holy God, who will destroy all evil forever. The Bible says, "In righteousness you will be established . . . Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you" (Isaiah 54:14).
I have spent my life preaching good news, and here is some good news: In Heaven "there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" (Revelation 21:4). The heavenly kingdom will be filled with all that is pure. That's good news!
© 2012 by William F. Graham, Jr.
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