Kamocalos and Bodokasilaus had just presented their passports to the Seraphim manning the gate of paradise. The two friends were not anxious about the thorough scrutiny the Seraphim subjected their passports to. They had accepted the seal of the Blood of the Lamb instead of that of religion. Their Christocentric zeal showed how they valued the seal of the Saviour.
They avoided all the cages of the enemy. They were now at the verge of meeting the Rock of Ages and harvesting the pledges in the pages of His Word.
“I am smelling something”, Kamo stated as he stared at his friend’s face for concurrence.
“I am not surprised”, Bodo responded as he confirmed that his olfactory mechanism was alert.
“They don’t have an ounce of anxiety over what my verdict might be!” The Seraphim wondered.
He was impressed by their relaxed disposition but tried to hide it. He had seen the seal of the Blood of the Lamb and knew that they had made it. But just to “test them”, he explained that they were at the verge of either stepping into eternal glory or eternal agony.
They were unscathed.
Finally, he tantalised them a bit just to ascertain that they knew “where” they were.
“I hope you know that no hate is allowed beyond this gate”.
“Hate!” Kamo, was surprised to hear the word. “My mate and I know our fate. We were never late when the Lord Jesus called us to have our hate washed away”.
With a smile, he congratulated them and handed them their passports.
As they walked through the gate, Kamo noticed Bodo having some strange, long, deep inhalings. His friend was enjoying the aroma that was now becoming increasingly ubiquitous and assorted. He remembered what Bodo had said.
“Did you say you were not surprised?” Kamo asked.
“I hope you didn’t mistake ‘not surprised’ with ‘not liking’”, Bodo responded and explained further why he was ‘not surprised’.
1 Corinthians 2:9 was one of his favourites:
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”.
He was “prepared” to smell, see, hear and feel things that he had no chance perceiving when he wore an earthly body.
No sooner had he quoted the above scripture than he realised that there was no amount of “preparation” that could stop him from being “surprised”. He had just had overwhelming rash of new experiences. Now Bodo had to admit—he was surprised. The fragrance had become even compellingly sweeter. He had just “smelled” the fragrance by the tasting of the mouth.
The beauty of paradise and the experiences of the new body was something that MUST surprise any created being. There were not only thousands of new senses added to them, but they could also see with their ears and tell the taste of something by smelling it; they could hear by their eyes and see by their nose. One could smell and see the sound. The smell of sound, for example, gave its other properties that the ear couldn’t bring out.
Any time they saw sound by their nose or smelled a colour by their ear, Kamo, would exclaim, “It is beautiful!”
Bodo would respond, “No! ‘Beautiful’ is not the word!”
According to Bodo, ‘beautiful’ was the word they used to describe natural beauties on earth. If one were to go back to earth and use the word ‘beautiful’ to describe the paradisal spiritual beauties, people would think these things are comparable to the beautiful things on earth yet there is no comparison.
“There must be heavenly language to describe the paradisal beauties”. I believe we are soon getting the vocabulary to describe what we are experiencing”, Bodo poised.
“Listen, I can hear something….!”
“Yes! I can taste it….!”
“I can now see the taste…!”
“Wow, What was that? I have just had a new experience through the new sense. I don’t have the vocabulary for it! You just have to experience it for yourself”.
There was no end to new experiences. As they shouted to each other about the beauties they were seeing, smelling, feeling, tasting, hearing and other innumerable ‘...ings’, it turned out to be a beautiful song—a new song whose melody was capable of healing any malady on earth. If only they could send the melody back to earth…!
“Wow, what was that…?”
“Call it, ‘Somothbe’—SOmething MOre THan BEautiful!”
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