Bruce Baber (25
"The capacity to enjoy
all of the experiences and joy of the New Jerusalem!"
I want to extend my thanks to those Doves who
shared their thoughts about what their homes in the New
Jerusalem might be like. I know that when I am faced
with troubles it is a comfort to think about our eternal home
and I can see from the responses that I am not alone in
this. Jesus gets all the glory! It is certainly a
great comfort to spend some time thinking about what lies
beyond the trouble we see in this present world.
I'd like to add a few additional thoughts. Years ago I
wrote a short speculative paper about the nature of our new
bodies that would enhance our experience in our new
homes. In it I mentioned that in the animal kingdom here
in the present world there are numerous animals with senses
that are superior to our own. Animals with greater
hearing, sight, smell and so forth. It is not too much
of a stretch to imagine that our our new bodies will be
superior in every way.
As humans we can only see a few bandwidths of light. Our
eyes can't see all of the spectrum of light and as a
consequence there is a limited range of colors that are
visible. Just imagine being able to look at a flower
garden that has a hundred shades of color that you could never
Our hearing is also currently limited. Imagine being
able to listen to a symphony or hear the angels sing and enjoy
notes, timbre, pitch that we've never heard before! The
music will be incredible!
Smell the perfumes of heaven (remember that with an improved
sense of smell, we'd also have an improved sense of
taste!). Hear the music. See the glories of God's
perfect creation in ways we can't even begin to imagine.
And if that wasn't enough.... just try and imagine what seeing
our Lord Jesus would be like with new eyes! The book of
Revelation is full of descriptions of colorful images, but
John could only describe what his eyes were able to see.
"But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which
God hath prepared for them that love him." (1