Biblical Foundations: Sexuality Perfected
God will ultimately bring an end to life as we know it and move His dear children into the next and final stage of life. We will live in glorious and perfect fellowship with God, His angels, and with all of the saints who have ever lived. This life now is a preparation for what is to come later. This makes an enormous difference in how we live our lives now.
First, this lets us know that we will never fully understand all of our lives here and now. Adults know what it is like to understand a broader context that our little children cannot. We have held them screaming while a doctor gives them the shot that makes them well; we have held them tight to prevent them from chasing a ball into a busy street. They did not know why we did what we did; but we knew. Thankfully, much of God’s will makes sense to us because He has revealed His truth in the Bible and placed the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Not all of it makes sense now, but it will. As the old song says, “We’ll understand it all by and by.” For now, we trust.
Second, this teaches and encourages us to live in hope. Someday, all of our suffering and difficulty will be over. The apostle Paul said, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. … For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?” (Romans 8:18, 24). Does obedience to God hurt sometimes? Does it cause us to deny ourselves what seems immediately gratifying? Of course. But this is small change in comparison to the treasure that God offers us for eternity. And so in hope we live and teach our children to live.