Today’s Scripture: John 12:26
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“Where I am, there will my servant be also.”
While Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 emphasized the reality of an immortal, spiritual body, John in revelation called our attention to the reality of our eternal presence with God: “and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away’” (Revelation 21:3-4).
In the next chapter we read, “no longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:3-5).
The day will come when our perfected spirits and immortal bodies are forever united. And in that glorious condition “we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:17, NIV). Hallelujah! At that time we will experience the full reality of the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Before we experience that glorious reality, we still live in this life. We’re not just to wait for our hope of heaven, but to be actively and vigorously engaged in becoming more like Christ (the process called sanctification) and of extending the rule of his kingdom (the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13). (Excerpt taken from The Gospel for Real Life)
Source: Your Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges