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A few people this past week made reference to the closing section of Sunday’s sermon.  I closed the series on the Apostle’s Creed with a section on the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.  Here’s that section:

Theologian J.I. Packer suggests that heaven may not be tilted toward either of those extremes.  Eternity is probably not an everlasting classical harp concert any more than it is an everlasting orgy.  Packer says this about life in the kingdom of heaven:

 What was said to the child (about heaven) – “If you want sweets and hamsters in heaven, they’ll be theer”’ – was not an evasion (of the question), but a witness to the truth that in heaven no felt needs or longings go unsatisfied.  What our wants will actually be, however, we hardly know, save that first and foremost we shall ‘always want to be with the Lord’ (I Thessalonians 4.17).[1]

 Packer also says this:

 What will be do in heaven?  Not lounge around, but worship, work, think and communicate, enjoying activity, beauty, people and God.  First and foremost, however, we shall see and love Jesus, our Savior, Master and Friend.[2]

 In other words, we will eternally grace the new creation in the same way that God intended us to grace this creation in the very beginning.  We will love God, because each one of us was created to walk with him.  We will work because each of us was created to tend to and care for the creation.  We will think grander thoughts of greater purity and capacity than any thoughts humanity has yet to think.  We will communicate with each other in a harmony that is free of anger and jealousy and “come-uppances”.  We will enjoy activity and beauty and other people for we were made to walk hand-in-hand with one another in the open-sun of the meadows and beneath the shade of the trees, to enjoy the songs of the birds, to lie down with both the lion and the lamb for naps in the cool of the afternoon.  And best of all, we were made to see him with our eyes, to hear him with our ears, to touch him with our hands and to be held in the embrace of Jesus everlastingly.

            Feeble though these words may be in their descriptive power of eternity, this is something of what it will mean to be resurrected in the body and to live everlastingly; to become the finishing touches that God designed you and me to be on that sixth day so very long ago.  We believe in finishing touches:  the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.

[1] Packer, J.I., Affirming the Apostle’s Creed.  Crossway Books:  2008.  p. 148.

[2] Ibid, p. 146


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