The life to come

The ultimate reality for God’s people (all those who trust in Jesus as their saviour), is called by various names in the Bible eg “a new heaven and a new earth” (2 Peter 3:13). “The new creation” is another term to describe what we commonly call heaven. What will it be like? Bruce Milne writes:

 

It will be a physical life. We will have wonderful new immortal resurrection bodies (1 Cor. 15:35f). Imagine that! No more pain, disability, disease or decline ! We will NOT be disembodied spirits. Remember Jesus’ resurrection body.

 

It will be a social life.The heavenly world is a community, not isolated, lonely individuals. It is seen as a perfect city (Heb. 13:14) (with all the social life of a city) and a celebration wedding feast (Rev. 19:7). If our greatest pleasures come through human relationships now, how much better will that be in the life to come.

 

It will be a life of satisfying responsibilities. eg  Luke 19 Parable of Talents implies that there will be work to do to serve the Lord (“take charge of five cities”). But these responsibilities will be free from all our current  frustrations ….

 

It will be a perfect life– perfect relationships with God, our neighbours, our environment and ourselves, even better than life in Eden (Gen. 1:28).

 

It will be an endless life – rejoicing in God and with his people forever.

 

It will be a God-centred life.The crowning glory of our experience in heaven will be exploring the wonderful beauty, majesty, love, holiness, power, joy and grace of God himself. “You will fill me with joy in your presence” (Psalm 16:11)