Q. I am trying to understand something. Will we have the desire to sin in heaven? I understand that our sin nature will finally be gone and the tempter Satan will be dealt with but won’t we still have emotions and desires? Some of the angels sinned in heaven. I assume they had no sin nature to begin with. Wasn’t Satan also created without a sin nature? Is there anything in the Bible that gives us assurance that “sin” will be finally gone in the end or is that unknown? If the possibility is not gone then does that mean Jesus remains our intercessor for eternity?
A. Although it’s not clearly spelled out, I’ve always thought that once we’re divested of our sin nature, we’ll lose any desire to sin, even though we might retain the ability.
Ezekiel 28:15 says that Satan was blameless in all his ways until iniquity was found in him. After he convinced others to follow him in rebellion, the Bible doesn’t record any instance of other angels sinning in the angelic realm. To me that means the original group that joined him were the only ones who ever did.
Romans 8:29 says God has predestined us to be conformed to the likeness of His Son. And in 1 John 3:2 we read,
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
An alternate translation of “when He appears” is “when it is made known.” To me that means when we’re in our resurrection bodies we’ll realize we’re no longer like we used to be, and we’re not like Satan, or even the angels, but like the Lord, absolutely pure and holy.
I believe John’s promise that when the Lord comes we will be like Him is our assurance that we will no longer sin.