Beyond Words

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago – whether in the body … or out of the body I do not know … [who] heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 NASB

Paul described how an unnamed man (whom many believe was Paul himself) was “caught up to the third heaven” (v. 2). This must have been amazing!

Paul’s account is filled with mystery. He did not know how this had happened, or if the man was in or out of his body. He could not describe what Heaven was like. What he saw was “inexpressible” and could not be repeated.

Certainly Paul realized that Heaven is a place of the extraordinary, the indescribable, and the overwhelming. Pondering this experience, he realized how often people boast about themselves or their abilities. But after seeing Heaven, he became keenly aware of his own limitations versus God’s greatness.

Paul realized that no one could boast about anything except our own weaknesses. Everything we have is a gift from God. We owe everything to Him.

Let this glimpse of Heaven encourage you! Remember, Jesus said He was going to “prepare a place for you.” He “will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

If Jesus is your Lord, you will spend eternity with Him. You will see that indescribable place and hear those inexpressible words.

You can prepare for that glorious day right now. Humble yourself before God. Seek Him. Worship Him. Don’t boast in yourself, but rather dedicate your life to serving Him.


Father, thank You that I will spend eternity with You! I humble myself before You. Use me for Your kingdom and glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.