Question: I just read the Q&A in the June newsletter, and now I have a new concern that popped into my head out of nowhere. I hope you can ease my mind.
Heaven was originally without sin, and yet we have Lucifer, who rebelled and changed everything. Then Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world but chose to sin, resulting in the havoc of today’s world. I’m wondering, when I’m blessed with the place the Lord is preparing for me, and where I expect to live a sinless, peaceful, stress-free eternal life, what assurance do I have that wrong choices won’t be made there that will affect its perfection?
You would think that after 50-plus years of being committed to Christ (30 of which I’ve been blessed by your ministry), I’d have thought about this and had it figured out. I’m sure I’m missing something somewhere, but do hope you can get me back on track.
Response: We are given great assurance that the scenario you wonder about will not happen. According to 1 Corinthians:15:51-52, we read: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
First, we all shall be changed. Second, we shall be raised incorruptible. That encompasses every aspect of our beings. It’s not just that our bodies are no longer subject to decay, but that the curse of sin that affects us in this life shall also have been dealt with.
Furthermore, we need to remember the promise of Scripture concerning those who will be gathered in the Rapture of the church. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [our emphasis].