“Why am I here?” This is the question of the ages, the great mystery of life. Why were you born? Why do you exist? What is the purpose of your life?
What is God’s plan for you? Many believe they will spend eternity in heaven—but doing what? Playing harps and comparing halos? I’ve never heard a good explanation that makes sense.Such a future seems quite dissatisfying. Due to Covid-19, millions of people have spent the last year bored, shut up in their homes doing little or nothing. Do we really want an eternity of that?
If heaven really is the future of much of the human race, the Bible says very little about it. In fact, I’ve searched the Scriptures repeatedly and can find nothing about what believers will do during a supposed eternity in heaven. And for that matter, the common ideas of halos and feathered wings are nowhere to be found either. (To learn more, download or request our free study guide Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach?)
So, what is God’s plan for His faithful believers? What does He have in store?
What the Bible actually reveals is something far greater than going to heaven to do virtually nothing for eternity. It tells us we can become the literal children of God.
That may sound outlandish to you. But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of the apostle Paul, quoting God in 2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Corinthians 6:18And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
American King James Version×: “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (emphasis added throughout).
How did Jesus Christ, who came to reveal the Father (Matthew 11:27 Matthew 11:27All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
American King James Version×; Luke 10:22 Luke 10:22All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
American King James Version×; John 1:18 John 1:18No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
American King James Version×), present Their relationship? As a family—God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son.
God is in the process of creating a family—His own divine family, the God family. And as a God whose nature and character are summed up as “God is love” (1 John 4:8 1 John 4:8He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
American King James Version×, 16), He wants to see us become part of that family—that means you and me.
What will existence in God’s family be like? Notice the apostle John’s description of Jesus Christ as he saw Him in vision in Revelation 1:12-18 Revelation 1:12-18  And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;  And in the middle of the seven candlesticks one like to the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the breasts with a golden girdle.  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;  And his feet like to fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand on me, saying to me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:  I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever more, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
American King James Version×(New Living Translation): “When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were bright like flames of fire.
“His feet were as bright as bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth [evidently figurative of His speaking the Word of God—Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
American King James Version×]. And his face was as bright as the sun in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, ‘Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one who died. Look, I am alive forever and ever!’”
This same John tells us in 1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
American King James Version×that the glorified children of God will also appear as Christ does when they are resurrected and given eternal life in the family and Kingdom of God! He states, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as he is.”
This is the kind of glorified existence God promises to His children in the resurrection of the dead to immortal spirit at Christ’s return as described in 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 1 Corinthians 15:50-54  Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.  Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
American King James Version×. The ultimate purpose of human beings is to become part of the family of God—so Jesus can be “the firstborn among many brethren,” those raised to glory as He is glorified now (Romans 8:29 Romans 8:29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
American King James Version×; Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
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