Passage: Revelation 21:5

Will we sin in Heaven?

We have focused much on the perfection of heaven over the past few weeks, making this question an important and relevant one to address.

The first place to start is with the Bible. In Revelation 21 and 22 John describes what the new Heaven and new earth will be like in very specific terms:

  • No more death, mourning, crying or pain. (Revelation 21:4) Cast your mind back to Genesis 3 and you will see that each of these were the result of humanity’s sin against God. Heaven, therefore, will be free from the effects of sin.
  • Revelation 21:8 lists off various types of sinful behaviour people engage in and among them, John also mentions “cowardice, unbelief and lying.” (Similar thoughts are again expressed in verse 27 and 22:15). There will be no sinful behaviour or sinful people in Heaven.
  • “There shall no longer be any curse.” (Revelation 22:3). The most damaging result of humanity’s sin was that we were driven out of the Garden and away from the Presence of God. However, in the new Heaven, “the curse is reversed” and those who love Him “shall see His face.” (Revelation 22:4)
  • Hebrews 9:26 states emphatically that through His sacrificial death Jesus “put away sin.” Jesus put an end to sin once and for all and as a result, we will be in a Heaven completely free of sin and clothed in His righteousness.

There will be no sin in Heaven, we will not sin, and we will not be tempted to sin! As John says, “the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

One author describes it like this:

“The freedom of Heaven, then, is not that the believer just happens to be free from sin, but he/she is so constituted that he/she cannot sin.”

How can we be sure of this?

Because the One Who has told us (Jesus) “is faithful and true.” (Revelation 21:5)

Luis Palau said of Heaven, “We will never sin again. We’ll never have to say again, ‘O God, forgive me.” Think this over and talk about it with someone. How does it make you feel?