Will we learn in Heaven? If so, what will we learn in Heaven?
For any questions regarding Heaven or the Afterlife, Randy Alcorn’s book “Heaven” is a valuable resource.
Some people believe that in Heaven people will automatically know everything. However, according to the Bible, “knowing everything” is a characteristic only attributed to God (Isaiah 46:9-10; 1 John 3:20). It is a non-communicable attribute known as omniscience. The Bible never states that a human will be omniscient. Ephesians 2:6-7 (ESV) indicates that we will be learning “in the coming ages.”
Ephesians 2:6-7 (NIV) And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
The word show in this passage means “to reveal.” Clearly, there will be ongoing “showing” or “revealing” of learning more of the riches of God’s grace as the ages keep coming. As a finite human being, we will explore the depth of our relationship in the infinite Jesus for eternity. It seems that we will forever be learning and growing deeper in our knowledge of God. God clearly wants us to be learners. He created us this way. Mark 12:30 says to “love the Lord your God with all your…. mind.” To quote Jonathan Edwards, “The number of ideas of the saints shall increase to eternity.” We will never stop learning in Heaven.
God is bigger than forever, and it will take eternity “to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18-19). In other words, we will never stop learning about the extent of God’s goodness. The Bible reveals that God will one day recreate a New Heaven and New Earth. This alone gives us an entirely new way to explore the depths of God’s goodness and experience His love. To think, our current world resides under a sin curse, and even under a curse it captivates us with beautiful scenery (Romans 8:18-22). Yet one day we will see a New World and a New Heaven absent from the curse of sin. We will never be bored by what awaits us, but rather we will be continually captivated by the wonder of His glory (2 Peter 3:13; Rev 21:1).