I bet that title made you want to read this one, huh? 🙂 What’s heaven going to be like? That’s some question, huh? Today’s reading doesn’t answer that question, but it does give a glimpse at some of the questions that we may have. Listen to what it says in 1 Corinthians 15: 35-41:
35 But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?” 36 What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. 37 And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting. 38 Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed. 39 Similarly there are different kinds of flesh—one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the glory of the earthly bodies. 41 The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory.
Notice what Paul doesn’t really do here. Answer the question. He’s not sure. And God, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, really doesn’t answer that question in scripture. All we are told is: It’s going to be amazing. It’s going to be better than anything that we could ever imagine.
But we are never really given exact details. Revelation gives us some hints and pictures, but doesn’t answer every question.
One thing that is answered with today’s passage is this. We will have bodies in heaven. We will not be disembodied spirits. We will have some form to us. What we will they be like? We aren’t sure. That isn’t answered. We are simply told that like now, we will have a body. That body will be different from what we know now, but it will be a body.
Why does God leave so many of these things about heaven a mystery? No one knows, but I have a couple of thoughts. First, just like salvation, this requires faith. We have to just have faith about what is to come. We are told it will be great, will be different, will be more than we can even dream. But we don’t fully know what it will be like.
And that’s ok to me. You know why? We will be with the Lord, forever. He will wipe away every tear from our eye. He will love and comfort us. He will be with us. We will be with Him. And we’ve just got to trust. Have faith. Believe. Hope.
In doing these things, our faith grows. Today, believe.
And second, by not knowing all the details, I think that makes us focus as with more of our attention on today. We don’t know what heaven is going to be like. But, we do know today. We know our calling, our focus, our Savior.
We have a lot to look forward to. I can’t wait. But we’ve got work to do for Jesus today. So, believe. Hope. Look forward. But be faithful in this moment.