Death for a Christian

The old saying holds true: “One is not ready to live life until they are prepared to die.” We all know death is inevitable. Christ’s promise of life (immortality) is the antidote for the second death, To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God (Rev. 2.7b NIV). Those who apostatize will be “burned up”: If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up (Jn. 15.6 NET).

Heaven will not be about sitting on clouds and strumming harps. For sure, there will be harpists and singing, but that’s not the total extent of heaven, according to the bible. One commentator, the reference escapes me, said that place will not be less than fallen creation, but will contain all the good things earth lacks. This seems correct based on Paul’s statement, I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far (Phil. 1.23b NIV). Will our spirits, at death, indwell Jesus’ resurrected body in heaven? This seems to be a real possibility, if I understand the concepts of “absent” (ekdaymaysai) and “present” (endaymaysai) in 2Cor. 5.8: We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord (NIV).

What the following article omits is the New Earth. Humans were made from created dust of the ground and have a sort of natural connection with materiality, it seems. With new spiritual bodies, like Christ’s, we will be fulfilled: who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body (Phil. 3.21 NIV). It probably goes without saying that the New Heavens and New Earth will be accessible to each other, unlike our present reality.

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