Q. In reference to Luke 15:7,10, if we are to know no sin in heaven, how is it possible for the redeemed in heaven to rejoice over a sinner who repents? Please help. God bless your ministry.
A. You don’t have to “know” sin to rejoice when a sinner repents. But I believe that Luke 15:7,10 are talking about angels, not the redeemed. When Jesus spoke those words there were no redeemed in Heaven. But He used the present tense, not the future, indicating that whoever He was talking about was already there.
The Bible only mentions five things that make the angels in Heaven rejoice.
The first was when God said, “Let there be light.” (Job 38:7)
The second was on the night of the Lord’s birth. (Luke 2:13-14)
The third is whenever a sinner gives His heart to the Lord. (Luke 15:7,10)
The 4th is when the Church arrives in Heaven. (Rev. 5:11-12)
And the fifth is when the Lord defeats His enemies on Earth and returns to reign. (Rev. 19:6-7)
Comparing it to those other events, you can see how important the salvation of each believer is to our God.