40 • The Eternal Blessedness of God’s Children
God’s promises of eternal life, glory and joy in His presence are found repeatedly in God’s Holy Book (Psalm 16:11; John 3:16; Daniel 12:2, 3). If these promises were not true, then we would be the most miserable of all people (1 Corinthians 15:19). But Jesus did conquer sin, Satan, hell and death, He lives forever. The Bible says that a time will come when Jesus Christ will return to earth and fetch His children. Just as He went up with the clouds into heaven, so He will return on the clouds in all His glory (Acts 1:11). No one knows the time of this event, only God the Father (Matthew 24:36); but it is written in God’s Book that when He comes, every eye will see Him because He will come in great glory (Revelation1:7). Jesus said that as lightning flashes from east to west so will be His return to this earth (Matthew24:27). At that time, He will fetch His children.
All those who belong to Jesus will be given a glorified body (Philippians 3:21). They will then be with God forever and will see Him face to face. They will worship and praise and honor Him forever and forever. In 1 Corinthians 2:9 it is written that no eye has seen, nor ear heard, and that no mind has conceived the things that God has prepared for those who love Him. We can’t begin to imagine the glory, the exceeding joy and blessedness that God’s children will experience when Jesus Christ returns. If children of God die before that time, they will be translated directly to paradise (Luke 16:22-26).
As was said before: ‘The suffering that we now endure is not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us’ (Romans 8:18). We now have a natural body, a perishable body, a body subject to temptation, sickness and sin. But then we will receive a glorified, imperishable, incorruptible body, a body free from temptation, sin and death. The bodies that believers in God will receive will not even be subject to pain or sickness (Revelation 21:4). When you see movies of superheros that have abilities to fly, break steel, swing from building to building like Spider-Man, and possess unusual strength of some kind, some people think, ‘If only I had those capabilities it would be awesome’. The fact is that if you die as God’s child you will receive a body vastly superior to a superhero’s body, a body like the one Jesus now has, an indestructible body that can walk through walls or just appear somewhere (John 20:19).
Another wonderful thing is that with your new body you will still be able to enjoy food (John 21:5-14). In 1 Corinthians 15:52, 54, God’s Word says that as God’s angel sounds the last trumpet, we will all be changed in an instant. And death, the last enemy, will finally be destroyed. Can you imagine such a time when you will experience only joy and love and peace and glory and happiness without end? Jesus said heaven will be different from this life. Sexuality will be no more. There will be no drugstores, liquor-stores or 70 virgins waiting for you in heaven as some delusional religious fanatics believe. Jesus said that there will also be no marriages, because everyone in heaven will be like the angels (Matthew 22:29).
Truth to consider: All people now live in a time dimension where death is a daily reality. But one day the time dimension will be exchanged with eternity, and death will no longer be a reality. How we live in time and the choices we now make will have eternal consequences (Romans 2:15, 16).
Read: Psalm 16:11; John 3:16; Daniel 12:2,3; 1 Corinthians 15:19; Acts 1:11; Matthew 24:36; Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:27; Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Luke 16:22-26; Romans 8:18; Revelation 21:4; John 20:19; 21:5-14;1 Corinthians 15:52, 54; Matthew 22:29; Romans 2:15, 16.