Thursday, November 8, 2012

What am I going to be like in Heaven?

What is heaven going to be like? What will I do in heaven? Will I recognize my friends and will they recognize me? It is common to ask questions and it is fun to speculate about what we may do in eternity. This preacher believes that the more we think about heaven, the better we will live.

 The Bible does not give much information concerning what our eternal lives will consist of, however there are some clues. Most of the questions about eternity surround what the nature of our resurrected bodies may be. The challenge is that the only one who has ever resurrected from the dead to die no more is Jesus. Although Jesus was God, and thus he does not operate according to the same rules we often do, His resurrected body may serve as an example of what our resurrected bodies might be like. One must keep in mind that although it is beneficial to dream and contemplate on what heaven and our resurrected bodies may be like, the truth is, we will never really know until we get there.

 Jesus’ Resurrected body:
  • Could Pass Through Walls
    • “Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:26).
    • It may be that in eternity, some of the limitations of the physical world will no longer exist.
  • Could Be Held and Touched: 
    • Mary embraces him and he replies “...stop clinging to me.” (John 20:17)
    • Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”  (John 20:27)
    • It would seem that there is a great possibility that in heaven we will be able to hug and embrace our loved ones again.
  • Was Recognizable: 
    • “So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord....” (John 20:25)
    • Although Jesus’ body may be an example of our resurrected bodies, there are a few passages that give us some more specific insight into their state. 1 Corinthians 15:50-55 teaches us that our resurrected bodies will be imperishable, immortal and victorious. 
    • There is no reason to believe that we will be unrecognizable in heaven or that we will not know who anyone is.
 Heaven will be wonderful and our resurrected bodies will be glorious. We will all be resurrected to something. It is up to us to make sure that we are resurrected to life. Jesus said, “Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28-29).

By Cliff Sabroe - Scripture quotations from NASB95