People in heaven will have different blessings and rewards. It will not be like the British aristocracy or India’s class society, but there will be many distinctions. Being closer to Yeshua will be a greater honor. Being a martyr will carry special honor. The past things of this world will be forgotten completely. (Rev. 21:4). There will be no semblance to any worldly hierarchy. There will be no pride, vanity, jealousy, class, envy, selfishness or independence. However, there will be positions, but they will have been prepared for everyone and perfect in all respects. When the mother of two disciples asked that her sons could sit on His right and left, Yeshua explained that it was not even up to Him to make that decision, but it would be for the one for who it was prepared. (Matt. 20: 21-23). The forgetfulness of Heaven is a wonderful thing. All the lies, misconceptions, assumptions, baggage, bad habits, worldly thinking, limitations, suspicions, bad memories, fears, hurts, all the corrupt, broken, fallen nature of mankind will be over and beyond recall. In its place will be love, a love that will make all things new. (Rev. 21:5). This love that will make marriage insufficient, (Luke 20: 34-36), but for the wedding of the Son of God, Yeshua, to his spotless prepared bride, the Church.
In Heaven we will see that everything has been from God and to God. All of God’s hidden sovereignty will become visible with His glory, majesty, and honor. We will have crowns but readily lay them before His throne. We will see and experience what it means, “who ever is greatest among you is the least.” (Matt. 18:4). Nevertheless, there will be things of this life that will carryover, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. All the things that had eternal significance will be waiting for us in heaven. Our treasure is heaven will be securely kept, because it has eternal value. (Matt. 6:19-20). In the mind it seems a very difficult task to separate all the events, acts, and relationships, including the temporal nature of lies, deceit, selfishness, etc. These are mere shadows and phantoms that have no real substance. They will vanish like a wisp of smoke in the realm of the eternal. C. S. Lewis, great book, “The Great Divorce”, carries this illustration much farther, and is a book easy to read and we’ll worth the reading.
Lord, Yeshua, thank you for your promises and assurance of eternal life with you and the family of God. The difficulties of this life are nothing compared to the surpassing glory that awaits all believers. Maranatha, Lord come quickly.