It is by grace that you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) The Christian life is God’s work in which we become involved. The problem is that we can become so interested in what we are...
Witness #2: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
“Many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 8:11).
Notice the clear identity of these men—Abraham is Abraham in heaven, Isaac is Isaac, and Jacob is Jacob. They retain their distinct identities. We do not become nameless, anonymous spirits in the presence of Jesus. Abraham is enjoying the company of his son and his grandson. Jacob is enjoying the company of his own father and his grandfather.
Also notice in the resurrection what Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are doing: They are reclining at a table. They are eating and drinking. You have identity, relationship, conversation, and sharing a meal. And many will come from the east and west and join them! In other words, many, many others will enter into the same joy and the same experience.
Witness #3: Jesus and the disciples
“I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matt. 26:29).
Notice the same clarity here: Jesus will drink the cup in his Father’s kingdom with the disciples. The eleven, who shared the Last Supper with him on earth, will drink the cup again with Jesus in heaven. These disciples are named and they are known.
Reflect on the fellowship and relationships you have with fellow believers, and rejoice that these will continue into eternity in the presence of God.