The Eternal Enjoyment of God (Vincent)

One of my favorite resources on the Westminster Shorter Catechism is Thomas Vincent’s 1674 work called The Shorter Catechism Explained From Scripture. Vincent was an English teacher and pastor who ministered during the 1665 plague that passed through London. His commentary on the Shorter Catechism was highly esteemed by men like John Owen, Thomas Watson, and so on.

Below one section I marked in my book. I thought our readers would like to reflect upon this comforting reality for God’s people. In this section, Vincent is commenting on WSC #38: “What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?” (Note: I’ve edited it slightly for readability.)

The full enjoyment of God which believers shall have in heaven, implies:

1. …That they shall have the glorious presence of God with them. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them” Revelation 21:3.

2. …That they shall have the immediate and beatifical vision of his face. “And they shall see his face, and his name shall be in their foreheads.” –Revelation 22:4. “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face.” 1Corinthians 13:12. “We shall see him as he is.” 1John 3:2.

3. …That they shall have both a full persuasion and sense of God’s love for them, and perfect love in their hearts towards him, which necessarily results or arises from the vision of God in heaven.

4. …That they shall have fulness and exceeding joy. “In thy presence is fulness of joy.” Psalm 16:11. “Now to him that is able to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” Jude 24.

Q. 9. What will sweeten the happiness of believers in the full enjoyment of God in heaven?

A. That which will sweeten the happiness of believers in their full enjoyment of God in heaven, will be the eternity thereof – that it shall be without any interruption, and without any end. “And so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

Thomas Vincent, The Shorter Catechism Explained, p. 107-108.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015