by Joel Joseph | ThePropheticScroll.org
Written exclusively for ERFMinistries.com
"May God bless you always, may you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true, may you always know the truth. May you stay forever young, forever young!" Well, Bob Dylan – Have I got news for you! We will stay forever young and it will be forever and ever.
Recent studies have discovered that human DNA doesn’t age beyond 30 years or so. This could imply that our eternal resurrected age will be somewhere in that range. The resurrected body will be something to put science fiction to absolute shame.
In the resurrection we will have both physical and supernatural spiritual qualities and be able to "switch" between them at will. Our state will be perfect, disease and deformity free. Our senses will be "supercharged" to say the least.
We will be able to travel the universe at the speed of thought, appear in one place and then another in an instant. We will have full and perfect knowledge of all things and the power of sin will be forever gone.
1 Corinthians 13:12 "Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall be known, just as I am known."
Both Heaven and hell are largely misunderstood in these days, but the Bible does give elaborate insights into both, which we would do well to give heed to.
The Bible speaks of the Heavens above us, but also of an actual place called Heaven. This will be the eternal home of true believers, but we will not be limited and restricted to that actual place / planet.
The Biblical descriptions of Heaven are many, varied and absolutely wonderful. Numerous verses of scripture paint a picture of cities built of gold and jewels, designed by the architect of our bodies and the entire universe! There will be unimaginable plants producing different types of fruits on the same tree and what about wildlife? Well, there will be angelic beings, creatures, birds of some sort and animals of the most amazing proportions, and all in perfect balance and harmony.
Romans 8:19, 21 "For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the revealing of the sons of God ... because the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."
Some people have the mistaken idea that people in Heaven will spend their time playing harps and other such things. Let’s have a look at the important issues of our eternity.
We Will Rule and Reign!
Daniel 7:18 "The saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever."These verses above speak of true believers ruling and reigning with our Lord forever. There are many other similar verses. Do you see that we will be "granted to sit with our Lord on His throne?" That speaks of the authority which will be given us in this future reign.
Revelation 22:5 "And there shall be no night there: There will be no lamp or light of the sun, for the Lord gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever."
Revelation 3:21 "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne."
The murderer on the cross next to our Lord was saved, because he called out in sincerity to our Lord. But he will get to Heaven without any Spirit-led works done in his life, and no rewards as a result. But hey, he will have a big smile on his dial forever compared to the guy on the cross on the other side of our Lord!How to Get to Heaven With An "Abundant Entry:"
You need to be saved, you must come to the cross of our Lord and invite its work into your life. You need to come to Him in surrender and be born-again of His Spirit. This is the salvation-foundation. Serving and following our Lord is all part of the deal after salvation, but not for salvation. No one is saved by works or by how good he or she is.
2 Peter 1:10-11 "Brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things, you will never stumble; for so an entrance will supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord."
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Yeshua our Messiah. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and straw, each one’s work will become manifest; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire and the fire will test each ones work. If anyone’s work which he has built endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."
2 Corinthians 4:17 "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."
These verses above speak of rewards for the Spirit-led works we do as believers. Note that we all produce gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and straw. And note what happens to each group when fire hits it. One lot is left as a puff of smoke, and the other lot endures. Note also that the final reward-state is an "eternal weight of glory."
Do you think it’s wise to get your priorities right with God now?
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