Our Next Life

Q. The Bible says that in the Millennium the old things will not be remembered. What, exactly, constitutes the ‘old things.? I’d like to see, up close and personal, the great events of history; the life of Jesus, the Flood, the Creation, etc. Will all of that be forgotten? And yes, there are some earthly things that I really enjoy, sports, trains, Mexican food, etc. Will those things be forgotten as well? What about relationships? Will we have best friends, lovers, romance, dancing, etc? David said in Psalms that he desires nothing except God. Really? So, does that mean we’ll remember nothing of our life here and know only God?

A. The Bible does not go into that level of detail where our eternal life is concerned. Therefore, since we only have our experiences of this life to draw upon, many of us think of our eternal life as being a “supersized” version of our current one, with all the bells and whistles but none of the disappointments or frustrations.

We don’t consider the possibility that after we’re perfected the things of this life may no longer be of any interest to us at all, and maybe that’s why we won’t remember them or even think of them. Besides, eternal life won’t be about doing all the things we used to do, but about finally becoming all the person we were created to be.

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).

When Jesus came to Earth He stepped all the way down from what He was to become like we are (Phil. 2:5-7). We cannot imagine what that must have been like. Neither can we imagine what it will be like to step all the way up from what we are to become like He is. It’s beyond our comprehension.

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