The Last Great Mystery

Last time I introduced the first thought from 1 John 3:1-3, of the love of God ‘lavished on us’. Now, verse 2 says this: Dear Friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. What an extraordinary and wonderful statement. John, who had such a close relationship with Jesus, knew that God’s plan for the present age was for believers to be brought into the relationship with him as sons, but in the age to come it will be a different sort of relationship, and God has not revealed it yet. John, in Revelation, got as far as the marriage supper of the Lamb. He was told to write ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ Rev 19:9. And we know God is going to make of us a bride for his Son. But even John did not know what that would look like.

A bride preparing for her wedding has really no idea what married life will be like, whether it will be joyful or disappointing. And we don’t know just what it will be like in the age to come.

But there are some hints in the Scriptures. We will receive responsibility. Jesus in his parable of the talents says to the one who used his talents well, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matt 25:21.

We will be called to judge. In 1 Cor 6:1-3 Paul says in dealing with disputes in the church, that in the age to come we will judge the world, and we will judge angels!

We will feel at home. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us, and then he will come back and get us, so we can be with him. John 14:2

And we will be like him. This is how John continues in 1 John 3: But we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. We shall see him in all his wonderful glory and majesty, be like him and be with him forever. Hallelujah!

Brenda Critchley