Things which eye has not seen, nor heard, neither have entered into the mind of man, God has revealed them unto us through the Spirit. I Corinthians 2:9,10 (ASV)
This is one of the most misunderstood texts in the whole Bible. Most people think it is talking about heaven. And so it is. But not about heaven hereafter, but something which every Christian has right now. Things which unbelievers never knew nor ever will know – God has revealed them to those who love Him.
The simple fact is that a person enters eternal life the moment that he becomes a Christian, not just after he dies. The Bible says repeatedly, “We have passed from death into life.” “He that believes on the Son of God has everlasting life.”
Just think for a moment of what that all means! If you are a Christian you will never have to die: you already did that when you were born again and your old self died and was buried. (Romans 6:3-11, Gal. 2:20) What the unbeliever calls “death” is for a Christian simply gliding into glory, as painless as falling asleep, in Jesus. A Christian doesn’t have to think about “facing his Maker” and being judged; that too is a thing of the past. (John 3:18, 5:24)
This is what Paul means in Ephesians when he says that we are already “reigning with Christ in the heavenlies.” Out salvation is not some vague hope for the future; it is a sure thing of the present and the past.
A devout Scot was asked as to whether he were looking forward to heaven. “Hoot, mon,” was his reply; “I’ve been there now for fifty years!”