When you look around at the world today, do you ever wonder what God is doing? It’s easy to feel hopeless when we watch the news or when life becomes personally difficult. But the truth is that we have a glorious hope and an amazing future in Christ. And even though we don’t always understand how God is working, we can trust that He is always at work carrying out His plan for mankind. From glory to glory… This is the way the Bible describes our growth and transformation as children of God.
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But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18
Eternity in Him…
As Christians, our future hope of heaven is everything. We know that when we die here on earth, we will be in heaven with God. In fact, the Bible doesn’t even describe it as “death” rather it tells us that we are simply “absent” or “away” from our earthly bodies. And while I am more than excited about what heaven will be like in the future, it’s important to remember that eternity begins the moment Jesus transforms your heart. We are being transformed from glory to glory. We begin with glory in our salvation and we end with an even greater glory in heaven.
Forever begins the moment we say yes to Jesus…
Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 5:8 (NLT)
There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. …So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. – 1 Corinthians 15:40, 42-44 (emphasis added)
If you’ve ever experienced sickness or pain in your body, you know how amazing this promise of God truly is. Our mortal bodies won’t come with us into eternity, rather we will be given immortal spiritual bodies. We will be raised and brand new!
Perishable… to imperishable.
Dishonor… to glory.
Weakness… to power.
Natural… to spiritual.
A New Heaven and a New Earth…
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be remembered or come to mind. – Isaiah 65:17
We often speak of heaven and eternity when we leave this earth, but the truth is that God’s ultimate plan is for a new heaven and a new earth… a brand new creation where we will dwell with Him forever. This plan is spoken of throughout Scripture including one of the final chapters of the Bible in Revelation 21.
A Glorious Hope…
This world can be rough. There is still plenty of brokenness, darkness, and sin. And even though we have been made spiritually whole and have been set free from the power of sin and darkness, we will still feel the effects of living in a broken world.
One thing is clear through the Bible for God’s children… we have hope!
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. – 1 John 3:2-3
There is hope for all of God’s children. We are being transformed from glory to glory!
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