Can We Comprehend It?

"But, as it is written, 'What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love Him.' "
(NRSV, 1 Corinthians 2:9)

Though the future has magnificent events too great to fully comprehend now, we can have a glimpse of what's in the offing. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people in this world stumble along in their narrow pursuits totally oblivious about the big picture of our potential. Let's continue then searching out the "Hope For Beyond," our destiny from the Word of Truth.

"...these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit;
for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God."
(NRSV, 1 Corinthians 2:10)

If we can appreciate the depth of what we are exploring, perhaps the Spirit of God is working with us. If then, God is working with us and we respond, what does He have for our Grand-Planned-Destiny?

What Will We Be & What Will Life Be Like?

"For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God."
(NRSV, Romans 8:14)

We considered this Scripture before, concerning how we can have empowerment of God's Spirit in us at the present; but now we'll envision life as a Spirit Being in the Kingdom. We think of being a child of our physical parents, as a child of our Dad; but can we really comprehend being called "children of God?" Think about it; with the change from physical to Spirit (see beginning on page 129), we then can become part of the greatest Family in all of Universal history! As the above Scripture states, presently we can be considered His children, and then in the future as we'll see, we will even "be like Him..." Since we know God is Spirit, obviously we shall be Spirit! Beginning on the next page we'll ponder this fantastic future.

Let's jump ahead then, and suppose someone in the Kingdom inquires about your family lineage; so with the following short dialog consider the magnificent response you could give when we are Spirit as God is Spirit and His child.

"We know you are one of the distinguished Spirit Beings;
so tell us you life's story."
"Oh, since my Father was and is the Eternal God of the Universe...
I'm a Universal Child of God!"

The mystery of eternity is hard for the average mind to fathom; but God's Spirit and Word is revealing. With our change we'll live forever-there-to-fore, but God is Eternal, existing eternally; so He has quite a jump on us since our eternity will start from the time we become Spirit. At present there never is enough time; but as Spirit life without time restraints, and this not only could pertain to long-term existence, but what about instant situations? Let's; say someone is about to take a wrong course of action, and the next second they would have. Without time restraints, that critical moment wouldn't be just a mere second; but with unlimited time on our part as "teachers" we could warn them, maybe even change circumstances. (The Scripture below refers to physical beings in the Kingdom and us as Spirit Teachers.)

"But your eyes shall see your teachers.
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
'This is the way, walk in it,'"
"Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left."
(NKJ, Isaiah 30:20-21)

"Now we are subject to and encapsulated in the constraints of time,
but in our future destiny as Spirit, time will have no restriction or limitations; only eternal freedom."

"See what love the Father has given us,
that we should be called the children of God;
and that is what we are.
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.
Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.
What we do know is this: when He is revealed,
we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is."
(NRSV, 1 John 3:1-2)

"As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness:
I shall be satisfied, when I awake (resurrection from the dead), with your likeness."
(KJV, Psalms 17:15)

The following may seem too-far-out for many to comprehend and accept now in our limited world, but you recall we've seen what Christ was like and could do after His resurrection (page 134). So ponder the possible reality of our future after our resurrection, the change from physical beings to Spirit Beings:

With 1 John 3:1-2, "we will be like Him" (see again page 134), this Greek word is homoio (hom-oy-os) meaning; similar (in appearance or character), like + manner. The Hebrew word in Psalms 17:15 for "likeness" is temunah (tem-oo-naw) and means; embodiment, manifestation, image, likeness, similitude. Since "we will be like Him" what are the limits? Let's extrapolate on these and other beloved Scriptures. Use your creative thought and we will consider maybe some unique possibilities. Below, metaphorically David the Psalmist set the stage for us, and the Apostle Paul with inspired words of our future without bounds:

"If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me."

"Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high,
I cannot attain (realize) it."

"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love..."
(we'll be) "...raised up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places..."
(NKJ, Psalm 139:8-10,6 & Ephesians 2:4,6)

"If I make my bed in hell... You are there." This word "hell" in Hebrew again is showl (sheh-ole) and means "grave, hell, pit." In the dark depths of the Earth how would you like to explore for vast treasure-mines of precious metals, stones, and valuables? We have such a promise; and since God will be there we'll ask Him where to find it, or maybe He'll just tell us:

"Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they find it."
"I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord, who call(s) you by name..."
(KJV, Job 28:1 & NKJ, Isaiah 45:3)

"If I take the wings of the morning..." As Spirit of course we will no longer be only restricted to walk on the let's fly! If you should see a magnificent Bald Eagle ready to engage in flight, perhaps you should takeoff and soar with him; watching the wind at his wings as he glides in the morning calm and catches afternoon thermals that lift him higher and higher...beside him you peruse the valleys and rivers of our good Earth.

"If I...dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me." Let's say you and a group of your Spirit friends or family want to take a aquatic-tour-bus to "the uttermost" depths of the sea; your party could latch on the back of a mighty Sperm Whale (60 feet long and 40 tons). Diving deep to 3,000 meters (9,840 feet) and since God is there to lead, He puts the brakes on the whale so your group can ponder a Colossal Squid (32 feet long and 1,000+ pounds). Then you say to the Creator..."What an unusual creature you created!"

Now for our ultimate freedom; "If I ascend into heaven, You are there" (Psalm 139:7). "...and made us sit together in heavenly places..." (Ephesians 2:6, see page 86 for a full explanation.) At the bottom of page 134 we envisioned gliding along in a comet, and visiting our galaxy and other galaxies beyond. Let's further contemplate the fascinating prospect of visiting vast reaches of the Cosmos. Consider God's greatness as we..."reach-for-the-stars:"

"Is not God in the height of heaven?
And behold the height of the stars, how high they are!"
(KJV, Job 22:12)

"He counts the number of the stars; He calls them by name. Great is our Lord..."
(NKJ, Psalm 147:4)

Ponder the following to envision our place in the Universe. With the Kingdom established, let's say you and numerous Spirit friends and family want to embark on a trip to the "uttermost parts" of the Creation. It's only logical to consult with the ultimate travel-agent...who not only knows "the number of the stars," but can give you their "names," that's how "Great is our Lord" to us. Of course this is Christ, Creator of the heavens. Since the Kingdom will be on Earth then and headquartered in Jerusalem (Zechariah 1:16-17, see page 136), and He will be "King of kings," you might first plan your itinerary there. The final stop will be at God's throne in the "third heaven," to "sit together in heavenly places." So with an able-angel tour-guide, you and your entourage are off...for the Universe before you!

First it is to the North Star, since as humans we looked to this star to aid with our physical locations, and we knew God's throne was to the north (Isaiah 14:13); so it will be exciting to see the view from the opposite direction. Next it's to the planet of Saturn, as your group thought it would be delightful to "sit together in heavenly places" on the rings-of-Saturn.

Then we'll go on to the star we humanly referred to as "Starry Night," and travel deep into the halo of light surrounding it (see picture by page 1). Next to the merging of two galaxies, as humans we called NGC 2207 and IC 2163 (again see picture by page 1). We know stars in galaxies are so spread apart there is only a small chance of colliding, so it may take several hundred years before some do; but we'll return then. (See page 6, "Do Galaxies Collide?") Finally, we shall stop at the third heaven... God's Throne!

What unique expectations we have now with these future experiences to possibly come; giving us abundant reasons to..."think beyond!" So to be alive and aware of this Calling provides zealous anticipation.

Continued in the eBook...