Will sin be possible in the Kingdom of Heaven?

In our study of Heaven for the Good News sermon series, one question has been asked online perhaps more than any other. Since Satan and the demons who started as angels sinned in the perfect environment of Heaven, and Adam and Eve joined them by sinning as perfect people in a perfect place, will it be possible for us to sin in Heaven after the resurrection?

The short answer is no, there will be no sin in Heaven. The long answer is that we won’t sin actually or potentially, for 7 reasons:

  1. Jesus took care of all sin at once.

Hebrews 10:10 – We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

  1. We will be forever free from sin.

Romans 6:7-11 – One who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

  1. We will be changed forever and separated from sin

1 Corinthians 15:52 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

  1. We will be perfect.

Hebrews 10:14 – By a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

  1. Forever with Jesus is forever without sin.

Hebrews 9:26-28 – He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

  1. The temptation of the World, Flesh, and Devil will be no more.

Revelation 21:27 – Nothing unclean will ever enter it [Kingdom of Heaven], nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

  1. We won’t want to sin after Jesus’ nail scarred hands wipe our tears.

Revelation 21:4 – He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

Of these reasons, which do you find most compelling for you personally?

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