I want my heart, and the hearts of my people, to hunger for Heaven as God has revealed it in his Word. Planning to wrap up our studies in 2 Peter with a lesson tonight on the New Heavens and New Earth (2 Peter 3:5-13), I am trying to remember the two potential errors we can make in thinking about (or preaching about) heaven, from A.A. Hodge:
In meditating upon what is revealed of the conditions of the heavenly existence two errors are to be avoided:
1st, the extreme of regarding the mode of existence experienced by the saints in heaven as too nearly analogous to that of our earthly life;
2nd, the opposite extreme of regarding the conditions of the heavenly life as too widely distinguished from that of our present experience.
The evil effect of the first extreme will, of course, be to degrade by unworthy associations our conceptions of heaven;
while the evil effect of the opposite extreme will be in great measure to destroy the moral power which a hope of heaven should naturally exert over our hearts and lives, by rendering our conceptions of it vague, and our sympathy with its characteristics consequently distant and feeble.
A.A. Hodge, Outlines of Theology (1860; Repr: Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1999), 579. [emphasis mine]