(This is part eighteen of a multi-entry blog series exploring the Apostles’ Creed.)
After discussing the resurrection of the body in the previous post
, we’ll be looking at what the Creed says we resurrect to; namely
“the life everlasting.”
There have been entire books written about this subject, but I want to highlight a few simple aspects of the life everlasting that I find particularly encouraging.
First, there is a reason that Christians throughout the ages have endured hardships and suffering with joy that is glorious and inexpressible (1 Pt 1:8). Peter wrote that we have been born again to a “living hope” (1 Pt 1:3). He wrote that through the resurrection of Christ, we have been granted “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Pt 1:9). But here’s the kicker, in the next verse Peter wrote that they were rejoicing in their future inheritance, “though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials” and that these trials serve as a test to see the genuineness of their faith (1 Pt 1:6).
It’s that “for a little while” that catches my eye. How long is “a little while”? Is it a few hours? Is it a few days? A week? A month? A year? A decade? Since Peter was just speaking about our eternal inheritance, it makes perfect sense to read the phrase “a little while” within the context of our entire lives. Eternity is a long time; our life on this earth is “a little while.” If we view our lives from an eternal perspective, we will see how short and temporary this life truly is! The brevity of life cannot be overstated.
It’s this perspective that allowed Barb to finish well. It’s this perspective that will empower you to finish well. It’s the promise of a life everlasting that gives us hope, if not for this life, then for the life to come.
This is our great hope; our great joy; and the secret of Christian contentment: the life everlasting.
Second, do you know what will be the best part about Heaven
? God! We get to spend eternity with a perfect being that offers endless love and infinite joy; if that sounds boring to you then it’s only because you fail to grasp the fact that God has infinite glory. We could never get tired of worshiping Him; we could never get bored with Him. It’s like Amazing Grace says:
“When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
Than when we first begun.”
It’s an impossible concept to grasp this side of eternity, but we will never run out of reasons to worship our God. Never. We must remember this: the thing that will make Heaven so heavenly is the fact that we will be with God forever.
Third and finally, we will all experience Heaven uniquely! Consider Revelation 2:17b, which says: “To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.”
What can be more a man’s own than this new name which even in eternity remains a secret between God and him? And what shall we take this secrecy to mean? Surely, that each of the redeemed shall forever know and praise some one aspect of the divine beauty better than any other creature can. Why else were individuals created, but that God, loving all infinitely, should love each differently? And this difference, so far from impairing, floods with meaning the love of all blessed creatures for one another, the communion of the saints. If all experienced God in the same way and returned Him an identical worship, the song of the church triumphant would have no symphony, it would be like an orchestra in which all the instruments played the same note.
At the risk of sounding silly… THIS BLOWS MY MIND!! You will have a unique, intimate communion with God for all eternity. There are dozens of other facets concerning Heaven and eternity that could be explored, but those are probably my three favorite. Praise be to God for the grace He extends in His salvation!