We have a lot to look forward to in the New Heavens and New Earth and our Father which is in heaven wants us to be aware of our future blessings in order to give us hope. In this present creation, which is passing away, many suffer from various physical issues such as illness, old age, and dissatisfaction with how they look. I wish to share with you some insights into what is in store for us. I am going to talk about what will take place after the resurrection and we receive our glorified bodies. I believe that God is revealing more and more about such topics because we are nearing the day when we will stand on the shores of a new creation.
To begin with, there is not much written about this topic and many people do not know anything about what their glorified bodies will be like. Paul states,
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew 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.”
1 Corinthians 15:50-53
From these verses we learn that we shall all be changed. Changed in to what is the question. While we are corruptible in this present creation, meaning we die and decay, we will be incorruptible in the next. Paul is speaking of immortality in relation to our new bodies and also when He speaks of the Kingdom of God he speaks of the New Heavens and New Earth.
It is my belief that when God makes all things new He intends to also make our bodies new. This is the reason that God changes our present bodies into glorified bodies during the resurrection. For if God made all things new and our bodies were not changed we would be out of place in His new creation. Moreover, our bodies need to be changed to be made immortal for we cannot live in a perfect place forever without being perfect ourselves. Just as we have bodies to interact with this present creation we also must have bodies, albeit perfect ones, to interact with the next creation. This fact is one of the strongest arguments for the New Heavens and New Earth being very similar to this present creation.
In the new creation of God, i.e. the New Heavens and New Earth, God re-creates everything that was corrupted by sin and makes all things new. Notice, I did not say “remake,” for this present creation is totally destroyed by fire and is completely done away with. It is worth noting that God does not create a new creation that is markedly different from our present creation but rather recreates a new one very similar to it. Why does He do this? It is because God had an original plan for mankind that was never fulfilled. Once God makes a plan He always fulfills it no matter how long it takes. Therefore, even though Adam chose to sin He fathered a second Adam that chose to not sin. Even though the first creation was damaged by sin God is going to make a new creation that is not. Even though present day Jerusalem has been the scene of unspeakable violence God is going to fashion a New Jerusalem that will be filled with peace. Whatever God purposed originally will in fact be fulfilled eventually through His great power and wisdom.
I believe that our resurrected bodies will be the bodies that we would have had if Adam never fell and Gods creation remained perfect. Adam and Eve were perfect and immortal and most likely beautiful to behold beyond anything we can imagine. Had they not sinned and continued to obey Gods commandment all their decedents would have been immortal and beautiful too. (This is why mankind is so preoccupied with beauty for something deep inside us instinctively remembers what we were.) Therefore, if God is going to restore those who know salvation back into the perfection that was lost, He will also bring our physical bodies back into a similar perfection. For all of us who know God that is a very good thing to look forward too. Imagine how you would feel if you looked and felt better than the most physically fit man or the most beautiful woman in the world. That is part of what awaits those who love God and are called according to His purposes in the world to come.
Also, there is a misconception that we will all somehow be eunuchs in Gods new creation. I do not believe that this is the case because God commanded Adam and Eve to go forth and multiply in this creation before sin entered into the world. Therefore in the new creation I believe that this commandment will still be in effect and God will desire for His people to bring forth children to His glory. It makes no sense to me that the very central theme of this creation would be radically different in the next since everything else is reset to what God originally intended.
This brings up the obvious question of whether or not there will be relationships between men and women in the New Heavens and New Earth. Personally I say yes and I believe that men and women will still procreate and bring forth children throughout eternity. It is just that the institution of marrying and given in marriage will no longer apply and that God, through His Holy Spirit, will lead and guide men and women differently in this area. Though the natural bonds that men and women have formed in this life will still be present, the way in which they conduct themselves in these unions will also be made new and reset to what God originally planned. What this is we do not know but my sense is that it has something to do with and is foreshadowed in the New Testament by love feasts.
If you think about it, God probably intended mankind to not only populate this present Earth but also the other worlds throughout this solar system and indeed the Universe. Today we know through scientific observation that other planets exist in solar systems far beyond our own. Perhaps there are galaxies beyond our Milky Way that hold such planetary systems too. Though it boggles the mind could have God’s original plan been for mankind to spread across the entire universe so that He could be worshiped and loved by a people as numerous as the stars of heaven?
We have witnessed, in only a few hundred years, the rise of technology capable of exploring our own solar system. Mankind’s fascination with the stars most likely has its roots in God’s desire for mankind to be fruitful and multiply to a degree we cannot imagine. If this is indeed the case it is not impossible that God still wishes for mankind to fulfill that destiny in the New Heavens that He will create. If the Universe (or as God refers to it “The Heavens”) is indeed infinite would it not suit an infinite God to have an infinite number of souls populate it and worship Him?
Though what I say is theory and conjecture it is not totally outside of the realm of possibility or the scriptures. It is good to expand our horizons to consider just how big and how grand God’s ultimate plan for mankind may be. It is encouraging to know that what God has prepared for them that love Him is truly beyond our ability to fully comprehend. Just glimpsing what God is planning to do is wonderful and can give us hope for the future.
Some of us are suffering greatly and when we look at natural circumstances on this Earth we can become depressed. However, God wishes for you to unbend yourselves and look up for your redemption is certainly near. If your body is not well or you are not satisfied with it know that God will change it into a body that will function perfectly and be more beautiful, in a godly and holy way, than any found on Earth today. If you have struggled to have children know that when God glorifies your body it will function perfectly and you will bring forth abundantly in His holy mountain. If you suffer from debilitating illness that you cannot seem to overcome know that God, only a short time from now, will restore you to perfect health and you will feel better than you ever thought possible.
Finally, whatever God has in store for us it will be wonderful and fulfill the deepest desires and longings of our hearts. No one who passes away knowing Jesus and His Father will be disappointed. No one that has lost loved ones in Jesus Christ will miss them forever. No child that has died will be separated from their believing parents for long. Truly, God is about to make all things new and we shall eternally rejoice in His goodness and mercy.