Pristine Grace

What A Wretched Place Would Heaven Be
by Jonathan Edwards
What A Wretched Place Would Heaven Be

"Nothing impure will ever enter it."  - Revelation 21:27

    Everyone hopes for heaven—and if everyone who hoped for heaven actually went there—heaven would be full of murderers, adulterers, swearers, drunkards, and thieves! It would be full of all manner of wickedness and wicked men—those who are no better than wild beasts, howling wolves, and poisonous serpents. Yes, heaven would be full of incarnate devils! What a wretched place would heaven be—if it were so! That pure, undefiled, glorious place—would be turned into a hell.

    There would be no happiness there for those who are holy—if they were all mixed up together with wicked men and devils! How would one unsanctified person interrupt their happiness—and fill those regions with the loathsome stench of his sin and filthiness!

    It is impossible that a God of infinite holiness, who is perfect and hates sin with perfect hatred, who is infinitely lovely and excellent—could embrace in His arms—a filthy, abominable creature, a hideous, detestable monster, more hateful than a toad and more poisonous than a viper! So hateful, base, and abominable—is every unsanctified man!

    What a pitiable, miserable condition are they in—to step out of this world into an uncertain eternity, with an expectation of finding themselves exceedingly happy and blessed in heaven—and all at once find themselves undeceived—and sinking in the bottomless pit!