STAGES OF ETERNAL LIFE
By Michael Caputo
Eternity is something that humans everywhere seem to long for. Most religions, in fact, offer a promise of eternity. All strive to satisfy this longing that dwells inside the human psyche.
Where did this deep longing come from?
The answer is given to us by the Word of God in Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He (God) has put eternity in their hearts…”
God is the One who has put the awareness of and the craving for eternity in the human heart. He wants humans to long for it, because eternity is their destiny.
Most of all, He wants Christians to long for it, for that’s what they were called to:
“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time…” (Titus 1:1-2).
Eternity, therefore, is a promise from the one who cannot lie: The Great God. Consequently, the promise is absolutely sure. Lest there be any doubt, Jesus Christ confirmed His Father’s promise: “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28).
The Apostle Paul asserts with certainty that our hope is indeed eternal: God, “…who will render to each one according to his deeds: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality” (Romans 2:6-7).
Paul also adds that the life awaiting us will be thrilling beyond our comprehension:
“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him’” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
In the Book of Psalms, David gives us a vague but very inspiring glimmer into that future:
“I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:8-11).
This is figurative language, of course. Christians will not spend their eternity sitting at the right hand of God. Being at the right hand of God simply implies Divine rulership, Divine authority, Divine power.
But what are the pleasures the scriptures hint at? What will give us fullness of joy forever and ever? Does the Bible give us any hint?
Yes, the Bible gives us several hints into our eternal future, which this article will explore in detail. To accomplish this article will be divided into ten chronological phases, beginning with the return of Christ and on into eternity.
Let’s, therefore, begin with phase one.
Phase one: Our Transformation
We don’t know if we’ll be dead or alive, when Christ will appear at His second coming. Whatever might be our state, there will be a moment when we will be transformed from mortal to immortal. For a while we will not know if it’s a dream or reality. But the moment will come when we will realize that we have passed from death into eternal life. That will be one of the most overwhelming and joyful moments of our life. Everything is in doubt until that moment, but at that moment the ultimate hope and dream of our existence will finally be fulfilled. That is the moment when the war against Satan will be declared won. That is the moment when the finish line will be crossed and eternal life will be assured.
That is also the moment when our implacable enemy, death, will be declared defeated, and it will never again have power over us. As Paul emphasizes in 1 Corinthians 15:54: “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 'death has been swallowed up in victory.’"
This is the stunning reality that the Apostle Peter is referring to in 1 Peter 4:13: “But rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” In other words, because you have suffered with Christ, when He will appear, you will experience your reward: ecstasy.
The transformation phase will be characterized by another aspect as well: the realization that there has been a transformation not only into eternity but also into power and glory.
Weight will become weightlessness; weakness is suddenly replaced by power. The eyes can see clearly and far into the distance without the need of glasses; the ears can hear clearly without the need of ear instruments; the aches and pains that accompanied us for years are no longer.
Soon after this amazing realization, we will be puzzled by the fact that the blinding light emanating from others around us is the same blinding light that emanates from us as well. We will then realize that Christ’s promise in Matthew 13:43, to make us shine as the sun, has also been kept, and that we are fully in the Divine realm.
Phase Two: Meeting Christ and the Dramatic Events that Will Follow
After coming to terms with our transformation, we will be overwhelmed by a blinding light at the centre of all the commotion. That’s the moment when we will see Christ for the first time, but not as a human being, but as the glorious, powerful God that He is. From that point on, it will be very hard to take our eyes off our glorious older brother. Will He communicate with our minds at that point and tell us personally “Welcome! Congratulations, you made it, I can’t wait to spend time with you”?
One thing is certain; we will look at Him, and we will be filled with wonder. Jesus said in His prayer to the Father, before His death, that He was impatiently looking forward for us to see His glory (John 17:24). That moment will come, and it will be majestic.
We will then fly with Him to Jerusalem where His feet, and our feet, will finally rest on the Mount of Olives. Then the nations will surround us and a horrific battle will ensue. Millions of soldiers will gather to attack Christ and us His saints, only to have their eyes melt in their sockets (Zech, 14.12). It will be a battle humans will never forget. We will be there speechless, witnessing the awesome power of God, slowly becoming aware that much of that power is available to us as well.
Phase Three: Meeting Christ and God our Father
We do not know when, but there will be a time appointed when we will meet Christ personally. Will there be a long line up? For certain there will be hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of Old and New Testament saints longing to meet Him. Will we meet Him in alphabetical order? Will we meet Him in chronological order? Is there need for either? Christ can be anywhere at any time, He, being God, can be in many places at the same time. If He so wishes, Christ can meet will all of us separately at the same time and spend much time with all of us at the same time as well, if He so chooses.
The moment we will be able to say “thank you” to our great Savior face to face will be a time of incomparable joy. How will we feel? Will we be overwhelmed by the experience?
When we will appear before Christ, most of us will probably be speechless and we will probably have a hard time saying anything at all for a while. At that moment, we will experience powerful emotions of great joy, mixed with awe and the deepest love and gratitude. We will fall on our knees; we will worship Him, and we will probably say, “Thank You” countless times, while crying with joy.
He will then ask us to rise and will probably tell us how happy He is that we made it, and that He had known us since time began and was rooting for us, all this time. He will probably tell us He can’t wait to spend time with us, and that He will answer any question that we may have in due time. If any Archangel will be present, He will probably introduce us to them and other mighty angels that He surrounds Himself with.
Then probably the most sweet and most longed for words that anyone could ever hope to hear: “Our Father would now like to see you.”
Those words will probably leave us overwhelmed and astonished. We will probably then fly into Heaven, and as we approach from the distance we will see millions of angels looking our way. We will see a Great light shining in their midst. We will land onto the sea of glass, and we will be overwhelmed by the spectacle: A glorious throne emanating light so powerful that no human eye could ever bare to look at, and a stunning rainbow framing it all. We will also see smaller thrones set on both sides with beings looking at us with a joyful smile.
But our eyes will be transfixed by the centre of it all. The One who loves us with love we cannot comprehend, there looking at us, showering us with warmth; our eternal Father, the source of everything, right there in front of us.
Will Jesus announce our arrival by name? Will the Father ask us to approach? What will we do? We will for certain fall on our knees on the glass floor. What will we say? Will we be speechless for quite some time? What will the Great God say to us? What will be His first words toward us? We are his babies; newly born, sort of speak.
Will He say “Come to me my beloved child?” Will He stand up and meet us? Will he hold us to His spiritual self? We are his children that He invested so much time and anguish over. His love for us is beyond anything we can ever feel.
Will He be a distant father? Will it all be a formal event? God is Love. He will neither be cold nor distant. That moment will be the most loving moment we will ever experience. And that is the love we will feel forever; for He is our Dad and will be our Dad forever; a Dad who only wants our best; a Dad who wants to share all he has with us; a Dad who will love us with holy love forever. A Dad we can access at any time; that we can talk to at any time; that we can consult with at any time. A Dad who will most probably be present during the most important moments in our eternity and will celebrate our achievements forever
What then? Will there be a gigantic Feast? Will there be a magnificent celebration that will go on and on?
We will never tire. We will not get tired and want to go to sleep. How many angels will we meet? What will we say? What kind of spiritual drinks will be served? Or spiritual snacks? What kind of music will be played? How big a chorus of angels will sing to our honor? Will there be a song composed and sang for each one of us? Whatever will be sung will be much greater than anything Handel or Beethoven could have ever composed.
But there is more. Let’s read some intriguing scriptures in the Book of Revelation.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it”(Revelation 2:17).
We only and the Father and Christ will know that special name, of course. When will it be given to us? What will it be? Will it capture the essence of who we are to Our Father and Christ? It will be “our” secret. And without doubt, we will treasure it for ever.
Further down in Revelation we find other exciting details of what awaits us. “Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.” (Revelation 3:12)
Christ will write on us the name of the Father, the name of the New Jerusalem and a “new” name. Where will these names be written? Having the name of the Father and Christ’s new name on us is the ultimate honor. This is one more proof of the great familial bond that will exist among us.
When will he do so? Will the father give us the stone and will then Christ write on us the name when we appear before the Heavenly Throne?
In verse 21 we read another great promise. “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Christ has His throne at the right hand of the Father. He is co-ruler with God the Father, though the Father is supreme in authority. Does it mean that anytime we go to the Father and Christ is not on His throne we can sit beside Him. For certain it means that we will share in the rulership of everything God possesses, as we are told by Paul that we are co-inheritors with Christ.
Paul also tells us in 1 Corinthians 9:25 about a future crown to be given to Christians once transformed into spirit beings: “And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”
This reality is further amplified in 2 Timothy 4:8: “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Is Paul saying that the crown will be given to us the day of Christ’s return, or is it a generic “day,” meaning at the general time following Christ’s return?
Will the crowning take place in Heaven?
Can we visualize the moment when Christ will place that crown on our heads? Can we imagine the deafening shouting on the part of millions of angels and saints applauding our crowning?
Can our minds even begin to imagine the exhilaration of the moment?
Phase Four: Our First Assignment
Christ promised us that some Christians will be rulers over a few cities, some over several. Will the assignment be given immediately after Christ’s return? After the crowning? Will we be assigned big cities? Will they be small cities? Will they be a combination of both? The world has hundreds of thousands of big and small cities. There will be plenty for all.
Soon after, we will fly to the locations assigned to us and, rest assured, none of us will find joyful, thriving places. The cities of the world will be in a horrific mess. Buildings will be rubbles, water will be polluted, food will be scarce, and disease will be rampant. We have recently seen the mess in New Orleans. We have seen the desperation in the eyes of the elderly and the children. We have seen their longing for help. They knew that eventually soldiers would come to give them help. But after the Great Tribulation, the throngs of the nations will not have such a luxury. Their desperation over time would have turned to listlessness and hopelessness. We will be their only hope, and this will be our opportunity to use our newly found powers to serve and to heal.
Upon our arrival, most probably with a squadron of angels, the people will be bewildered by these shining beings that will appear out of nowhere. At first, their reaction will be fear and astonishment. Some will run and hide; some will be frozen with fright. Soon after, they will soon be reassured by our warm smiles emanating concern and love, and though they will be anxious, they will be soon be reassured by our soothing words and kind and loving actions.
Then will come our first opportunity to use our powers for good. Who will be the first person we will heal? An old man covered with painful boils, nearing starvation? A sickly, starving woman protecting a baby? A paralytic? A blind person? A deaf and dumb person? A dying baby? Who will be the very first one we will touch and totally heal?
There will be a blissful, unforgettable moment, when we will touch and totally heal our “first” patient, and the sight of complete recovery will fill us with unspeakable joy. And then another, and then another, then hundreds will crowd around us, and then thousands seeking relief from countless diseases, like they did with Jesus while He walked on earth.
And the lame will walk, and the blind will see, and the deaf will hear, and the sickly will regain their health, be it physical or mental, and the dying will be filled with life and vigor. Terror will be replaced with peace of mind; depression with joy; anxiety with assurance; confusion and hopelessness with hope and meaning.
The rivers, lakes and ponds will be filled with fresh clean water teeming with life. The land will produce abundant crops; the weather will be neither too hot nor too cold, neither too wet nor too dry.
We will watch over the people assigned to us with love and concern, and they will experience true loving, godly rulership for the first time ever.
And then we will share with them the knowledge of the true God, and physical and spiritual principles that will bring lasting solutions to chronic human problems.
Phase Five: Getting to Know our Eternal Brothers and Sisters and the Angels
Once things are under control, then comes a phase that we all long for: Getting to know our eternal brothers and sisters and the angels that have been faithful to God.
We will get to know Adam and Eve, our parents, Abel, Noah, Abraham and the patriarchs, David and the great prophets of old. We will spend time with Paul, Peter, John, and the other apostles.
I will spend time with Michael the Archangel, Gabriel the other Archangel, and the millions of angels that populate the universe. And each moment with them will be indescribable joy.
Phase Six: The Final Judgment of Satan and his Demons
After re-building the world and making it a stunning planet, God has seen it fit to give humanity one last taste of what Satan’s spirit can do. Satan will be freed for a little while and the results will be utter chaos. Again he will possess the nations and they will try to attack Christ, you, me, and all his saints. The results will be catastrophic for humanity and for Satan and his followers.
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:7-10).
The day will come when we will witness the end of Satan’s work forever. The day will come when the great destroyer will be banished for eternity. The personification of evil, the one who has brought about nothing but chaos and turmoil in the universe will be totally neutralized for ever -- and we will be there to witness it. And as he is taken away into his eternal prison and as the the door is sealed forever, a great sigh of relief will engulf our minds; and wonderful feelings of jubilation will invade our spirit.
That day there will be a great celebration that will last a very long time. That will be another time of great joy we will never forget.
Phase Seven: The Great White Throne Judgment
Billions of people have died ever since God has placed humans on this earth. Some have died of old age, many have died as a consequence to horrific consuming diseases, large numbers have died in wars. Whatever the cause, death has left behind a trail of anguish and desperation. Parents have left children; children have seen their parents go to their untimely death. Death has broken many a heart in its relentless quest to end human life. Death has been the great enemy of humanity from the start. Death has reaped havoc for thousands of years. But death has been defeated by the One who died for the sins of all mankind, and it will finally be forced by Jesus Christ Himself to regurgitate all the humans that it has devoured for generations.
Most professing Christians believe in the resurrection from the dead. Most believe in one resurrection to judgment—a time when people will be rewarded or to be punished forever. Very few understand that there are three resurrections. Most have no idea that humans who have died without hope will be given an opportunity at eternal life at the second resurrection. This is one of the greatest truths that our Church is preaching to the world. This is one of the greatest times in human history, and we Christians will have the opportunity to be the ones who will welcome back to life all the billions that died without hope.
Throughout the one thousand years of our reign with Christ, we will look forward longingly to the second resurrection. As the Millennium comes to an end, the expectation will be electrifying. As the glorious day will approach, we will be filled with deep longing to again see the many loved ones we had not seen for centuries. Our minds will be filled with images of the dead rising, of standing before our parents, brothers, sisters, children. We will also see in our mind’s eye the moment when we will say to them: “I am your son, your mother, father, brother, sister.” We will imagine their confused bewildered eyes. We will see ourselves explaining what has transpired. We will see the moment when we will hug them and share tears of joy with them.
As the day will approach, the excitement will mount. Finally the great day will arrive, and so will the hour. Then God will command that all the dead come back to life. And there will be a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones will come together, bone to bone…the sinews and the flesh will come upon them, and the skin will come them over; …and breath come into them, and they will live, and they will stand upon their feet, an exceedingly great army (Ezekiel 37:7, 10); and the sea will give up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades will deliver up the dead who were in them (Revelation 20:13). Armies of billions will be given life, and they will be in a state of utter bewilderment.
No doubt all of us will immediately be searching for all our loved ones. When found, the joy will be immeasurable. We will reassure and comfort them and then on to our job of comforting, reassuring and explaining the events to the throngs.
Angels by the billions will be busy at work providing reassurance and nourishment to all. Once the momentous truth of what has just transpired will be understood, the fearful faces will turn into glowing faces. Then the roar of joyful screaming, as families come together after centuries of separation.
We will be there introducing them to one another and witnessing their joy and the tears streaming from their faces. We will be there explaining to them the momentous event and giving them a hope that by then will be totally real.
Will the throngs be open to instruction? Knowing that God is showing such great mercy as to give them the first real opportunity at salvation will be very motivating. Some will be disappointed having believed all their lives that their reward was Heaven. Some will be suspicious. Some might even be difficult to deal with.
The job of educating, convincing, transforming such huge numbers will be daunting. It will take long periods of time and much patience and longsuffering. Wrong attitudes will need to be addressed. Satanic customs will need to be unlearned. Billions will have to adjust their views of the Divinity. Some may not want to adapt.
In time the vast majority will gladly accept God’s mercy, Christ’s sacrifice, God’s ways and attitudes and will adapt to a totally new way of thinking. Most will finally be ready for true repentance and life-long commitment to God. The numbers who will ask to be baptized will be vast. That alone will take much of our time.
It will be exhilarating to meet people who lived horrible lives; who killed, and robbed and lived very sinful lives come to their senses and beg God for forgiveness and repent in deep sorrow.
It will be inspiring to see people who killed the many, such as horrible dictators of the past feel profound regret and rejoice at seeing the many whom they killed come back to life and express their sorrow and regret to them.
It will be most humorous, to see the countless atheists tremble before the God they despised, begging for mercy for their arrogance and the harm they caused humanity.
Most of all, it will be awe-inspiring to give true hope to all of humanity, to see their glowing faces, to watch their harmonious spirit as they strive to please God and look forward to their spiritual transformation.
Phase Eight: The New Heaven and the New Earth and the Arrival of the New Jerusalem
The Bible promises a New Heaven and a New Earth. But what does that mean? Will God just refashion the universe? Will He create new galaxies and a totally new earth, but with different dimensions? Or will this planet be just cleansed and simply retain its present dimensions? Hard to say; one thing is for sure, though: we Christians will be a part of that recreating and refashioning. And then one of the most astonishing things ever seen will occur: the arrival on earth of the New Jerusalem.
We know that the stunning New Jerusalem will come down from Heaven. But will we get to see it before it comes down? Will we be allowed to have a say in the completion of our “mansion,” as Christ mentioned? Will it be kept a surprise until its arrival?
The day will come when our eyes will behold what is God’s greatest architectural masterpiece that He has ever conceived, and our eyes and minds will be awed.
The Apostle John was blessed with a glimpse of that stunning city, and he briefly describes it for us in Revelation 21:
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Rev. 21:10-14).
What is stunning about the New Jerusalem is its great size: “The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long (Revelation 21:16).
There are different estimates for the size of the New Jerusalem. One source estimates it to be a minimum of 375 miles long on each side and 375 miles high. On the high end it is estimated that each side and the height will be up to 1500 miles long and high. Whichever the estimate, the size is gigantic.
Will the city be shaped like a cube or will it be pyramidal? Will it have hundreds or thousands of levels? Will there be a building at the centre shooting up 1500 or so miles into the sky were God and His children will live? Will God be at the very top? One thing is for sure? This city will be the greatest architectural wonder ever conceived, with buildings having stunning original designs and sizes. There will there be city squares, fountains and gardens teeming with the most magnificent plants ever made. We will slowly explore God’s wonder and we will be awed by every detail.
Tourists tend to be awed by the beauty of various cities around the world. Compared to the New Jerusalem, the great cities of the world will be nothing but pathetic, insignificant memories. We will be there savouring every detail, awestruck by the shapes, the designs, the scents, the order, the peace, the joy, the harmony, the unity, the grandeur of it all.
The city will be teeming with life. Countless angels of all shapes and sizes will be found therein, as will be billions of transformed humans. That will be the centre of the universe, a thriving, living universe teeming with life and activity.
Phase Nine: Into the Universe
By that point we would have finished our rulership over the few cities assigned to us. The Universe will be ready for re-creation. The children of God would have been manifested. It’s time for life and beauty to replace the vanity, and emptiness, and barrenness that is presently apparent in all galaxies (Romans 8: 19-21).
Now it’s time for the next assignment. Most probably, we will be assigned our first planet in groups. We will proceed to transform arid areas into shimmering seas, lakes, and majestic mountains, with flying creatures never before conceived, and land animals never before seen. And angels will be there to behold our stunning new creations, and as they celebrated the creation of the heavens and the earth, when God the Father and Jesus made them, they will celebrate our glorious accomplishments as well. And without doubt so will our great Father and older Brother. They will behold our excitement and will celebrate our achievements filled with pride.
How will our first tree look like? What kind of stunning flower will be our first flower? What kind of bird will be our first bird? What about our first animal? Those first creations in the future we will treasure forever, not because they will be our best, but because they will be our first.
And our other brothers and sisters will come to visit and behold our accomplishments, and we will travel throughout the universe to behold the accomplishments of our millions of brothers and sisters. And there will be no competition, no envy, no strife, just joys for evermore.
But what is next?
Millions of years have passed, and by now we would have become competent creators with the ability to create self-sustaining planets. We would have experimented with thousands of various life forms. What then?
Let’s not forget that there are an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe each containing 100 billion suns, each having several planets rotating around them; that’s several hundred billion planets all waiting to come alive. There is work out there for hundreds of billions of years -- exciting, awe-inspiring work.
Once we are been able to re-create and administer planets, and then galaxies, could it be that the day will come when we will be given the opportunity to create -- not just re-create -- on a vast scale. Could it be that the day will come when our Great Father will say to us, “Now it’s your turn to create your own universe, from scratch.” And could it be that there will be a time when many of us will get together as brothers and sisters, and we will plan together a totally different universe that will keep us busy for hundreds of billions of years. Is it inconceivable that someday we will have our own Big Bang?
Phase Ten: Forever with God the Father and Christ
No doubt the joys of creating will be unfathomable and stunning. But for God’s children the greatest joys will not come from re-creating or creating. For the children of the God of love, the greatest joys will come from being together with the ones we love forever. Millions of brothers and sisters, that share the same views, the same goals, the same values, the same fruits of the spirit, the same longing for peace, the same craving for harmony, that will rejoice at our accomplishments, as we will rejoice at theirs.
Most of all, the greatest joys will come from knowing personally our Saviour who loves us without end and without reservation, and from knowing our Father personally and intimately and to be able to access Him at any time for as long as we want to and to talk to Him and to look into His loving eyes knowing that we will experience His great love forever. That we can address Him not as Father, but as he wishes: “Daddy,” not in prayer, unseen, but face to face.
That will be the greatest joy of all. That is the thing that should move us and motivate us the most: To Know God our Father and Jesus Christ our Brother personally, intensely, and being with them forever. That will be our greatest joy forever, and ever, and ever.
For eternity stretches before our eyes, waiting for us, inviting us to enter into it for days without end.
Thus, in summary, the reassuring and inspiring words of Paul the Apostle: in Romans 8:18: ”For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” And the words of David in Psalm 16:11: ”Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
In God’s presence there are indeed pleasures forevermore. Let’s never forget what our destiny is, therefore. Let’s think about it; let’s long for it; let’s crave it with all our being, so that nothing, ever, may prevent us from reaching our stunning future.