What will it be like?
1 John 3:2 (NIV)
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
I don't know much about heaven; the Bible does not answer a lot of questions that I have. The answers the Bible does give seem to just pique my interests and make me want to know more. Here are some questions I have:
Since there will be no marriage in heaven (pretty much solves the divorce problem of whose wife will she be?), does this mean that our families will not be together? I think there must be a great and far more wonderful reason we will not be concerned about that in heaven, but I am still left wondering while I am here.
Will there be children in heaven? I realize that there will probably not be any procreation going on but what about children that have died? My baby boy is in heaven so this one is particularly of interest to me. In 2 Sam 8, King David said of his dead son, "He will not return to me, but I shall go to him." This gives me great comfort that my baby will be in heaven, I just wonder if he will still be a baby when I get there.
What are we going to do all day there? I truly enjoy worship but is that all there is? I have learned that any appreciation of God and his works is worship, so perhaps we'll have an infinite number of ways to "discover" more about or magnificent God.
The description of the New City of Jerusalem at the end of the book of Revelation is mind boggling. But what about the pearly gates and the streets of gold? Is that really what it is going to be like? Forgive me Lord, but I've seen some pretty gaudy looking pearl and gold stuff before. I like the rolling hills and majestic sunsets sort of look personally. Well, Jesus did say he was preparing a place for me in John 14.
Finally, what is a resurrected body like? Jesus had one and he walked through walls. He ate fish and bread too. I like the food idea but I hope I'll be able to control my weight; heaven's food must be really good. Somehow though, I don't think this is a very full description of what a resurrected body will be like. My clue is the above verse. We have not yet seen Him as he really is. But I love the certain promise: We shall be like Him.
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