For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:23 (NIV).
My friend, Mark (who is also my pastor), is always saying that “we’re part of heaven now.” Not just when we die, but here and now, in this temporal life, living on the Third Rock. We’re not just guaranteed to have a place in heaven because of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice: we’re reaping the benefits of that promise right now. All that happens because Jesus made it so that we’re part of heaven – God’s adopted children of His Spirit – here where we live now. We’ve been born twice, once of a physical parent and once of our Spirit-parent. The life our parents gave us in conception and then birth will perish. But the life God gives us through faith in His Son allows us to live forever. Our death from this life is the entrance to the next phase of eternal life.
Yet we’re part of that eternal life right now. It happened because He who could not be bound by death shared His resurrection with His people who are.
It’s a beautiful thing, you know. It’s the circle of life as it really is, not just a cool song from the Lion King. The perishable seeds of our lives give way to the imperishable life of forever. What’s more, the body that dies on earth will one day be reunited with the spirit that never died but was freed from it for awhile. Until then, as we live, we produce for God’s community and His Earth. When we die, the soul is freed to be in paradise with Christ while the body decays here. And in His good time, the two will be reunited in a life imperishable, living on an earth remade as Eden where sin and pain won’t be present.
We get to live with the knowledge of that now. What’s better, we get to share that knowledge and especially Jesus’ love with others, helping them to know Him better as well. He who was and is and is to come, who is God and was with God before all time, guaranteed this for us. We’re part of heaven now. It’s how God designed things. He uses things in this life to refine and, to teach us how to live holy so that we might give love to others and glory to Him in doing so. We’re part of heaven right here, right now. Let’s live out today knowing it.
For further reading: John 1:13, Hebrews 4:12, 1 Peter 1:24
Lord Jesus, You gave us life for here and for later. You make us part of heaven now so that we might share You with our brothers and sisters. Teach us the best ways to do this today, then open up opportunities to do it.