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- The New Creation
- Eternal Life
- The Heavenly State of God’s People
- Being with God
- The Punishment for the Ungodly
The believer’s hope is largely based on God’s wonderful promises for his people in the afterlife, the life begun by their resurrection. At the center of these promises is the final, everlasting phase of God’s relationship with his people. In contrast to these promises are the teachings about the horrific eternity that the ungodly face.
[John, describing a vision:] Then I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, dressed like a bride ready for her husband. … 27Nothing unclean, no one who does anything detestable, and no liars will ever enter it. Only those whose names are written in the lamb’s Book of Life will enter it. Revelation 21:2, 27 GW
[Paul, to believers:] It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown [one’s natural body] is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. 43It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. … 49And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust [Adam], let us also bear the image of the man of heaven [Christ]. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 49 NET
Paul implies that believers will be made perfect.
[John, describing a vision of believers in heaven:] Then I heard what seemed to be a large crowd that sounded like a roaring flood and loud thunder all mixed together. They were saying, “Praise the Lord! Our Lord God All-Powerful now rules as king. Revelation 19:6 CEV
Presumably such praise of God will continue throughout eternity.
[John, speaking of believers in heaven:] For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. Revelation 7:15 NET
[John, describing a vision:] This is the second death – the lake of fire. 15If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:14b-15 NET