Revelation 21:4 “Neither shall there be any more pain.” The greatest realities of life need no explanation “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” (Heb.12:17)
Pain in this life is an undoubted reality. It visit all, and in its advent it bear greater anguish to some than to others, all feeling its torturing touch “Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. Lk.7:12)
Pain meets us as we enters this world and follows us through all the stages of life, and leaves us not until our heart grows still in death. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” (Ecc.9:10)
Pain is with us as a dark angel where ever we go, through all seasons of the year, and through every period of our mortal life “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.” (Ex.12:12)
Pain is not needed in glory to stimulate scientific research. Who shall tell how much the cause of science is indebted to pain.
As a rule, our love for truth is not strong enough to aid us in the search of it “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.” (Ps.43:3)
When we are told, therefore, that there will be no pain in heaven, we conclude that men will not require such strong stimulus to inquire after truth and search after knowledge ” For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (I. Cor.13:12)
Pain is not needed in heaven to test the reality of moral principle. If there was not pain in the world, by what means could we determine the reality and the strength of our love, our integrity and our faithfulness? “for love is strong as death;” (S.of S.8:6)
Pain tried Abraham and Moses, pain tried Job it came to him in its most torturing character, but his principles stood firm before it, and he said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him” (Job 13:15)
Pain tried Paul. Note his suffering “In labours more abundant, in death of the Jews, five times received I forty stripes save one,” (II.Cor.11:26)
In heaven there will be no need for such a trying test of principles, our character will be perfect “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Phil.2:5)
Pain in heaven will not be there to promote the development of our character.
Pain must be need here on earth to development our character. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Phil.4:8,9)
Pain, in us will promote patience, despair and forgiveness. Pain is needed in other, in order to awaken our charities. “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.” (Ezek.16:48)
Were there no suffering about us, charitable virtues, which are essential to the Christian character, would have neither scope nor stimulus “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (I.Cor.13:13)
The naked, hungry, imprisoned, afflicted, these furnish a field for the exercise of our benevolences. “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.” (Mt.25:42)
In heaven our character will be perfect, no such discipline will be required.
We shall be made like Christ “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (II.Cor.3:18)
Pain is not needed in heaven to recognize the suffering of Christ. Christ proved his love by suffering and giving his life for us.
Jesus suffered poverty, abuse, persecution, shame, crucifixion. Yet “Made himself of no reputation.” He took in him the “form of a servant,” Became “obedient unto death, even through death of the cross.”
Every man must bear a cross in order to know what the cross of Christ really was. In heaven we shall not require this.
Pain is not needed in heaven to impress us with the vastness of sin.
The first thing for a sinner to feel in order to renounce sin is a conviction of its terrible consequences. Sin is the cause of all sorrow, suffering, and death.
In heaven, sin being pardoned, it will be unnecessary to impress us with its vileness.
What a blessed place is heaven. A world without pain of any kind, no physical pain, intellectual pain and no moral pain.“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Rev.21:4,)