reply to post by Seagurt
"Future bliss can neither be imagined, explained, nor described. We know nothing of its nature, form, greatness, or beauty, its quantity or quality.
This much one should know, the phrase, "the world to come," does not imply that it is a world yet to be called into existence; it exists already, but
the phrase is employed to describe the life into which those who are in the present stage of existence will be transposed when they throw off this
This is a quote that I like from the Midrash Tanhuma. The fact that the human mind cannot yet comprehend the next stage of our spiritual life is
important to note. There is nothing in this reality that gives us a sense of the true reality. Why is that? Because we are living in an image. We
are an image of our soul.
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
There are two things to note about this. First, we are inside an image created by God that is a moving image in 3 dimensions. It is a image that is
multidimensional, with color, taste, touch and smell. We already live in a multidimensional reality that is then moved in the fourth dimension of
time. Time, Space, Matter and Energy in an image that moves. Images are not real. They are only a reflection of the original.
In the Beginning (Time), God created the heavens (Space) and the earth (Matter). Let there be light (Energy).
If we are going to then think of what it is like to remove our consciousness from the image, we need to know what we are the image of. Hebrews helps
us with this.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
First, it is not visible with only 5 senses. The wavelength that we can sense is narrow. What if we could see other frequencies? What texture would
they possess with a broadened awareness at our disposal? What if I could experience thoughts from others with the same five senses I possess today?
What if mathematics had texture? For me, the next life is one where our vehicle is broadened with new gifts of awareness and ability. Why are we
fixed to the senses we possess in this life? I think the answer to this is for our safety. We are bound by a law that will also be removed after
this life. In fact, it was removed 2000 years ago for anyone who has faith in God.
23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law
was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to
Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
All of this is locked in a word called Spirit. Spirit is consciousness. A Holy Spirit is one that only desires good. Currently, we are locked in
the middle. Why? The simple answer is so that we are forced to make a choice between the darkness and the light. The kingdom of God must only have
light. We make choices. Better stated, our choices make us.
What if fruit and vegetables tasted like chocolate and cane sugar? What if all food was profitable to our taste buds? What if we inherited a world
that was already built? This is the case when we step into the promised land. What do we inherit? We know by checking the instructions for the
19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars —all the heavenly array —do not be enticed into bowing down to them and
worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. 20 But as for you, the Lord took you and brought you out of the
iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are.
Notice that the universal symbol of Earth is Egypt. Notice that it is a smelting furnace. Trials shape us for our future in God's kingdom of the
universe. What do we inherit in the universe (Heaven)?
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would
I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with
me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
What can we expect there?
10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large,
flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and
olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out
of the land of slavery.
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