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`Let us then be true and faithful,
Trusting, serving, every day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory
Will the toils of life repay.`

Literary exaggeration? Not by any means!

Dear friends, we are already God's children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.
(1 John 3:2)

He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.
(Philippians 3:21)

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being” ; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?”i

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15)

I personally do not believe (while realizing that speculation is foolish, as this passage says) that when we are taken up to heaven after Christ`s appearing at the resurrection and final judgment, our spiritual bodies will resemble the human bodies we have had on earth. Neither do I believe from scripture that Jesus now resembles the resurrected human body that came out of the tomb--although it certainly is the `same Jesus` who will come--nor yet the symbolic representation we find in Revelation, but rather he is exalted far more gloriously beyond human imagination. So, I do not expect God`s children in heaven to look at all as they appeared on earth: male/female; old/young; fat/skinny--any more than an oak tree resembles an acorn. (If any of us are obese or `nutty,` that may be a source of cheer?) I certainly do not believe the fanciful tales of `I died and spent 15 minutes in hell/heaven and saw my grandpa` and such nonsense. There will not be streets of gold, and we shall not be eating sweet corn with butter dripping off our elbows. But we shall become and forevermore be joint-heirs with our Savior, like him in glory--which is far more awesome than anything we can now conceptualize or even ever remotely deserve, even if martyred like past apostles. How important is it, then, for us to fret or rejoice over the little things of this worldly life, when rather our complete focus ought to be on pleasing Him who has reserved so great an inheritance for all those who remain faithful to his Son, who continually abide obediently and trustingly in him!

`Let us then be true and faithful, trusting, serving every day.
Just one glimpse of Him in glory will the toils of life repay!`
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