More to Eternal Life than just Heaven

Well, yes, certainly there is more to eternal life than just being in heaven. It is NOT your final destination, Christian. True, it’s still going to be great for if nothing else we know we’re finally going to be with Jesus Christ for all eternity. Now for those of us that have been saved and are living our lives for Christ and God Our Father this is going to be an tremendous existence for us.

I mean even just looking at the short term we know in heaven there is not going to be any death or sickness or envy or fighting or backbiting or gossiping or car accidents, stupid TV shows or Britney Spears News Flashes. Come to think of it there won’t even be any temptation for us in heaven! Let me reveal something about my age when I say,”Hey, won’t that be cool!” In heaven we won’t have to worry any longer about living sin free lives. Again, there won’t even be any temptation to help us mess up our lives.

You need to know however that being in heaven is not our final destination and, naturally, it’s not even our best destination! There really is a lifestyle that is better than living in heaven in a spirit form even though we will also be with Jesus Christ. Nope, even then there is a whole lot more that we have to look forward to. And all God’s children said, “Hallelujah”.

No, just stop and think about this rationally for a moment. Speaking in general terms we know, if only from first Thessalonians, that the Lord is going to return to planet earth and bring all of the departed saints with him. Do you remember a crucial thing that happens at that moment? How about this, “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.”

The dead in Christ will rise at that point and the spiritual existence that you have been living as a saint in heaven with Jesus Christ will be kicked up a notch as you once again take on physical form with your body. This clearly is the superior existence for mankind. Not to be living forever in a spiritual existence, as great as that will be since we will be in the presence of Jesus,but God’s plan is and always has been for us to live in all eternity in a physical body.

Please forgive me for skipping a lot of scripture and a lot of doctrine to get to this next point, but in the end when there is created a new heaven and a new earth and the new city of Jerusalem, all of God’s people will be inhabiting this place blessed with physical bodies.

You don’t have to go any further than the book of Genesis to see that when God created mankind he created him with a physical body. And he said, “it was good.” Which is another way of saying that his creation, mankind, was created perfect. Perfect? Yes, perfect. Perfectly formed in a physical human body. This is what we have to look forward to. Not just some kind of spiritual existence, not to minimize how great that will be, but even being in heaven with Jesus will only be a holding action to greater things when we are given our new perfect eternal bodies.

You know, I’m pretty sure that God is not going to give us any choice about what our new perfect and eternal bodies are going to look like but for me, as best I can, I am going to hold out for hair on the top of my head.

How about you? What’s one or two great things that you are looking forward to experienceing or having?