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The Kingdom of Heaven

When Christ will come in glo­ry at the end of the ages, and God will be all in all, then will come the new heav­en and new earth fore­told by the prophet Isa­iah and described in the book of Rev­e­la­tion. (cf. Isa­iah 65:17–66:24)

Then I saw a new heav­en and a new earth; for the first heav­en and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, com­ing down out of heav­en from God, pre­pared as a bride adorned for her hus­band; and I heard a great voice from the throne say­ing, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be His peo­ple, and God Him­self will be with them; He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, nei­ther shall there be mourn­ing nor cry­ing nor pain any more, for the for­mer things have passed away.”

And He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Also He said, “Write this, for these words are trust­wor­thy and true.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the begin­ning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water with­out price from the foun­tain of the water of life. He who con­quers shall have this her­itage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son. But as for the cow­ard­ly, the faith­less, the pol­lut­ed, as for mur­der­ers, for­ni­ca­tors, sor­cer­ers, idol­aters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and brim­stone, which is the sec­ond death.” (Rev­e­la­tion 21:1–8)

Behold I am com­ing soon, bring­ing my rec­om­pense to repay every­one for what he has done. (Rev­e­la­tion 22:12)

To gain the “her­itage” of the New Jerusalem is the whole mean­ing of life, the sole pur­pose of man’s being cre­at­ed by God. “He who con­quers shall have this her­itage.” And as St. Paul has said sim­ply, “We are more than con­querors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

For I am sure that nei­ther death, nor life, nor angels, nor prin­ci­pal­i­ties, nor things present, nor things to come, nor pow­ers, nor height, nor depth, nor any­thing else in all cre­ation, will be able to sep­a­rate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38–39)

For this rea­son I bow my knees before the Father’ from whom every fam­i­ly in heav­en and on earth is named, that accord­ing to the rich­es of His glo­ry He may grant you to be strength­ened with might through His Spir­it in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being root­ed and ground­ed in love, may have pow­er to com­pre­hend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which sur­pass­es knowl­edge, that you may be filled with all the full­ness of God. (Eph­esians 3:14–19)

To be “filled with all the full­ness of God” — this, and this alone, is what Ortho­dox spir­i­tu­al­i­ty is about.