In the previous issue, we discussed the question of, "Is there to be an eternal punishment for the wicked?" We probably failed to convince anyone to have any different view than they did have, but we did make the effort. But today, let's discuss the biblical description of heaven and see what we come up with. We can know that this physical body is not that which we will have in eternity. Why not and how do we know?
First, let's look at some logical reasons, reasons we can understand. (1) All physical matter is susceptible to decay, injury, damage, etc. (2) Living physical matter requires nourishment, protection, cannot withstand extremes of heat cold, radioactivity, etc. (3) Currently, all physical matter is deteriorating, running down, headed for extinction. Literal billions of physical bodies have totally decayed and returned to molecules. So, cannot God miraculously reverse or counteract all those deficiences? You bet, he can...but he won't.
You may want to know just what will happen and how we know it. Let's look at some scriptures to see what they tell us. Let us begin with Genesis 1:1..."In the beginning, God created the heaven (heavens in ASV, NKJV, RSV, NRSV) and the earth." Now he did not make all this from some other stuff. He created it. He spoke it into existance. (And you wonder why he is called omnipotent?)
You possibly will think, SO? Well what that indicates is that there was no physical matter here before that. Which means that the Godhead has no need for physical materials, nor do the angels or any other thing which God had previously created.
Now, let's look at another scripture: "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 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. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." (1 Corinthians 15: 50-53)
Now if you want to ask me how that will be accomplished, I cannot give you a rational answer, but you can depend upon it, that is the way it will be. Just what form this new being will have, I do not know, but it will not be flesh and blood. What is left? The spirit. We can understand that whatever this new being is, it can be recognized one by another. Perhaps we will appear the same but just not made from these physical materials.