Have you ever stopped and ask yourself, " what will I look like in Heaven" ?
Will we be floating around wearing wings ? Will we be disenabled bodies ? What age will we appear to be ? Will we be thin or fat ? Will we be ugly or hansom/pretty ? Will men, who have a hair problem, suddenly grow hair? Will our teeth be straight, pretty and white ? Will our personality change ? Will we be recognized ? This is just a few of the many questions I have about our looks in heaven.
One "ole-time" preacher once said, " Brother, if you have no personality before you are saved, then after you will just be a Christian with no personality".
The Apostle Paul gives us a scripture insight,( 1 Cor 15: 1-58 ) as to our resurrected bodies verses our natural bodies. He states our resurrected body will not be bound by the sin, which resulted from the fall of Adam. ( Genesis 3:1-7 ) While now our earthly bodies are prone to mortality, sickness and decay, we will then be incorruptible and perfect. ( 1 Cor 15:53 )
The best example I can give is that we will have a resurrected body similar to that of our Lord. ( Philippians 3:21 ) (Romans 6:4 ) ( 1 John 3:2 )
Jesus had a resurrected body, as the grave could not hold Him. ( Matt 28:7) ( Acts 1:3 ) His body had physical traits. ( Matt 28:9 ) ( Luke 24:38-39 ) ( John 20:27-29 ) He could speak the language of that day. ( Matt 28:18-20 ) ( Luke 24:25, 38-39, 41, 49 ) ( John 20:15, 17, 19, 21-23 ) He was recognizable. ( Mark 16:9-17 ) ( Luke 24:31) He did eat. ( Luke 24:30 ) ( Luke 24:41 ) ( John 21:9-13 ) He could give instructions. ( John 21:1-6 ) ( Acts 1:4 ) ( Acts 1:4-9 ) He was not limited to time or space. ( John 20:26 ) He could even work, as He built a fire. ( John 21:9 )
Therefore, considering the examples given above, we will have a resurrected body, liken to our Lord, we will be recognizable, we will talk the language, we will eat, we will not be limited to time nor space, and we can reason and give instructions. In other words we will not just be floating around in space, playing on our harp. And we will not be standing around discussing who has the biggest set of wings.
One important fact is that we will not be a particular sex, ( Mark 12:25 ) (Matt 22:30 ( Luke 20:35 ) nor will we be married or given in marriage.
As our natural bodies are prone to weakness , our resurrected bodies will be distinguished by strength. In other words I may be able to play that full court basketball, as I did in my youth. ( 1 Cor 15:43 ).
And, we will feel no more sadness. ( Revelation 21:1-5 ) That's a good trait, as I pray we will not remember our loved ones and friends, who were left behind designated to a "Devil's hell".
So, let us look at some of the other Bible characters that have been taken up to glory. Let us compare their physical state, as they suddenly left this earth.
Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him." ( Genesis 5:24 ) We can only imagine that Enoch was taken to glory, just as he was, cloths and all.
As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. ( 2 Kings 2:11 ) Yes, Elijah got a free ride into glory, just as he was. What a trip ?
On another occasion, ( Luke 9: 30-33) Jesus took three of His disciples up into a mountain to pray. While there, two Old Testament saints, Moses and Elijah, appeared whom the three recognized. These old testament saints apparently had the same physical characteristics, as when they left this world, with the exception of God's glory radiating from their bodies. Luke 9:33-33)
And, when stoned, Stephen saw the heavens open up and he was able to recognize Jesus. ( Acts 7: 54-56 )
We are not really sure, of our appearance in glory, for it is a one way trip, as nobody has ever come back. One thing for sure, according to the scripture, ( 1 Cor 13:12 ) we not only will be known by Jesus, but we will recognize all our family and friends, from earth.
One thing we do know, is that our earthly body has been mired by sin, from our very birth. ( Romans 6:23 ) ( Romans 5:12-21 ) Someone once said that when we are born, we start to die. And most importantly, our sin nature will be gone forever. For we will be with praising Jesus forever more.
You see, I don't think physical traits will be as equally important in heaven as down here on earth. We will all have the all important resurrected bodies. The scripture instructs us to know according to the "spirit" rather than the "flesh". ( Ephesians 4:3 ) ( 2 Cor 5:16)
The most important subject matter now, is that you are ready and prepared for the trip home. For I really feel we are not long to be left on this old earth, with all its embedded sin and turmoil. Any time now, we Christians stand to be caught up to meet Jesus in the air. ( 1 Thessalonians ( 4:13-18 ) ( 1 Thessalonians 1:10 ) ( 1 Thessalonians 2:19 ) ( 1 Cor 15:51-55 ) ( Luke 21;36 )
How can I get ready, you may ask. Simply put, it's by your faith in God's free grace, that you are saved. You see, you can't work your way to heaven. You can't buy your way to heaven. And a friend or loved one can't get you to heaven. ( Ephesians 2:8-9 ) I's only by the love of God, only through His Son, Jesus. ( John 6:14 ) John 3:16-17)