Friday, July 03, 2009

When We Go to Heaven, Will We See God Face to Face?

Indeed we will. Theologians call this the "Beatific Vision." Scripture says that the angels already behold the face of God:
  • "See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven." (Mt 18:10)
Paul says that we will see the Lord face to face on the day when everything imperfect will pass away:
  • For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. (1 Cor 13:12)
John echoes this same sentiment:
  • Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 Jn 3:2)
A few more pertinent passages:
  • "Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God" (Mt 5:8).
  • "As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with beholding thy form" (Psa 17:15).
I think the beatific vision should be the passionate desire of every Christian, just as it was of Job:
  • "For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then from my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!" (Job 19:25-27)
I hope that helps.

Pax Christi,

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