Have you ever thought about your immortal life as already here right now?
Most people think about immortality as something that happens after they die when they get to heaven. But Jesus promised us the kingdom of heaven is at hand – right now. That means our immortality is at hand too.
What if we could see things the way he did? But somehow we don’t think we’re able to do that. We’re all too conscious of our shortcomings and can’t imagine seeing, thinking, or acting like Jesus did.
“We have the mind of Christ.”
This is one of Paul’s famous declarations (1 Corinthians 2:16). If it’s really true, and I believe he knew what he was talking about, then we can start to think like Jesus did. It means that we can begin to see our immortal life right now. But how do we do that? It’s all a matter of how we see ourselves.
How do you see yourself?
When you look in the mirror you see your reflection. And we usually identify ourselves by how we look, how tall we are, what color of hair and skin we have, etc. But how does God see us? He sees who we are spiritually. He sees us the way He originally made us in the image and likeness of the divine.
In this episode of The Bible Speaks to You Podcast, I talk about the importance of thinking about our immortality, not as something way off in the future, but something that is true about us right now.
You are immortal
The fact is, we are immortal. We can’t see or understand this with the five material senses or the human mind. God reveals it to us. We catch glimpses of it when we feel God’s love. Your immortal self, your true spiritual identity, is intact and indestructible. It hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s here right now.
Take some time to consider this profound fact that you are immortal, spiritual, made in the likeness of God. This is true of you in eternity, so it must be true of you now as well.
Let go of identifying yourself in material ways. Think about your spiritual identity, the spiritual characteristics that make you who you are, like love, joy, peace, wisdom, etc.
The more you contemplate who you are spiritually, the more you peace, harmony, and vibrancy you will see in your life.
Here’s the previous episode I mentioned: You Are the Image and Likeness of God. What the Heck Does that Mean?
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Bible verses in this episode:
Genesis 1:26, 27 ESV
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
2Corinthians 5:7 ESV
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Romans 8:8, 9 ESV
8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.
2Corinthians 5:16 ESV
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
1Corinthians 2:16 ESV
16 But we have the mind of Christ.
John 3:3-6 ESV
3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again [from above] he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Matthew 3:2 ESV
2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Luke 17:21 KJV
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Psalm 91:1 KJV
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
John 11:23-25 KJV
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
1 Corinthians 15:50 ESV
50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
1 Corinthians 2:9, 10 ESV
9 But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
Ephesians 4:22-24 KJV
22 …put off concerning the former conversation the old man [old self-ESV], which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man [new self-ESV], which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.