In All His Glory

45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1 Corinthians 15:45-50

I think we have a very jaded view of heaven. When a famous singer dies, people joke that God needed a great singer. It’s similar with other professions. I know why people do it. Nobody likes to think they the person will be burning in Hell. But heaven and everything that surrounds it is not about us as individuals. We focus on a verse in the Gospels that says “In my father’s house are many rooms,” and write songs about “A Mansion just over the hilltop.” I think that’s so foreign to what Scripture teaches. It’s all so “me” centered. There won’t be flesh and blood in heaven. That will come as a shock to most. There won’t be rock stars or actors or writers or celebrities as those people. We will be one among the throngs of millions. No one will have ever heard of us.

And that’s the way it should be.

We don’t go to heaven to see famous people, friends, or relatives. We go there to see Jesus in all His glory. What a refreshing concept.

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