There are two potential misunderstandings that can creep in when we contrast the way things are now (on Earth) with the way things will be (in Heaven).
The first is misunderstanding the importance of here and now, the remarkable degree to which this life matters.
The second is misunderstanding Heaven as ultimate and complete arrival where there’s absolutely no further progress.
In other words, we can misunderstand Heaven as astatic destination – like the “and they lived happily every after” ending of the movie.
We know that “happily ever after” means everything is going to end perfectly, so we don’t think much about what we’re going to do when we get there.
The common (mis)understanding of Heaven
is that when we die or meet Jesus when he returns,
we are changed in the presence of God,
and no more change ever takes place.
Heaven becomes a picture, frozen in time.
But I don’t think that’s what the Bible says.
Complete does not mean comprehensive.
Of course, on one level, a remarkable change does happen “in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye” at the resurrection.
Typically, when we think of Heaven, we think of how different everything will be there: no more sin, no more suffering, no more grief.
What we can fail to realize is the extent to which life after death is a very real extension of life before death.
The difference can seem radical because one of the realities that will not exist in Heaven is sin. And sin is such a permeating reality here on Earth.
Sin/selfishness/brokenness affects everything:
our relationship with God,
And the absence of sin is a really big deal.
The absence of sin will affect everything.
So it’s easy to see why we think of Heaven as so different.
Rather than everything being broken as it is here,
everything will be whole there.
But, it’s important to realize: whole does not equal infinite.
(In Heaven we will be whole but still finite – we don’t become God).
When Paul says we will know fully even as we are fully known,
he means we will know accurately, truthfully, without deception.
He does not mean we will know absolutely everything about everything ever,
or that we’ll be omniscient like God.
We’ll see clearly, but not comprehensively.
Our knowledge, though free from the corruption and deception of sin,
will not instantly reach the level of exhaustive mastery of nature, art, history, philosophy
and certainly not of God.
What’s the point?
The point is in Heaven we will continue to learn.
We will lack nothing.
But at the same time, there will be so much more to learn.
In a Gallup poll of people’s perspectives about Heaven, only 18 percent thought people would grow intellectually in Heaven. Quoted by Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang, Heaven: A History (New York: Vintage Books, 1988), 307.
1 Corinthians 15:52
 For instance: disease, disorder,decay.