Adoption is biblical doctrine that allows for all elect believers to become children of God. When God saves us, He not only frees us from the penalty of our own since, but He also ADOPTS us into His family. In that sense, we are ADOBTED heirs with the Jesus only because of HIM. Jesus Christ is our Lord, our Savior, our King, our High Priest, and we are IN HIM by faith.
Jesus owns everything and is blessed with all the promises of God. They are to Him, for Him, and by Him. We are joint heirs with Him because of Christ, we Christians can come confidently to the thrown of God. We call Him “ABBA FATHER”. We inherit the promises of salvation in the everlasting Kingdom.
But when the fullness of the time had come, God send forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the ADOPTION AS SONS and because you are SONS, God has sent forth the SPIRIT of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a SON, and if a SON, then an HEIR OF GOD through Christ.”- Gal. 4:4-17.
The term ‘AFTERLIFE” is not found in the bible. However, it is a term that refers to what life is like for people after they die in this human life on earth. For BELIEVERS, who are elect and redeemed sinners from among all the races and nations, it is an eternal blessed existence in the unseen heavenly realm in the visible presence of Christ.
After 70 ad., with the final judgments having been completed; all of God’s elect saints, upon their deaths, join the pre-70 ad saints in the New Jerusalem City where Christ is present. Each believer, after the second coming Parousia of Christ in 70ad, is part of the New Covenant gospel kingdom and has fully consummated salvation in Christ -Heb 9:28.
When they die, they immediately PUT ON their new incorruptible, immortal, glorified, spiritual, visible, heavenly body that has been waiting for them in heaven. Their old flesh and body falls away in decay to NEVER be seen again. – 1 Cor. 15:54. They are NEVER found unclothed when they die but are further clothed. Death of the mortal body is swallowed up by life of the new immortal body. -2 Cor 5:1-4. These elect children of God stand in the New Jerusalem in the external presence of CHRIST.
“Then I, John, saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with the, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” – Rev 21:2-4
For Unbelievers the “AFTERLIFE” is and external existence in the part of the unseen real identified as “Hell” or Lake of Fire. All unredeemed, unbelieve, sinners from all humanity are sentenced to eternal condemnation. They shall experience the righteous wrath of God forever. – Rom 2:5; 9:22; Eph. 5:6; Col 3:6; 1 Thess 5:9; Rev. 14:10-11
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who DOES NOT BELIEVE the son shall not see life, but the WRATH OF GOD abides on him.- John 3:36
The UNBELIEVERS live forever in a certain bodily form that does not include flesh and blood. They are disembodied from their physical bodies but have a different kind of bodily form that the bible does not fully describe for us. Christ told His Disciples that the unredeemed go to hell when they die. The bible at least mentions that they have “hands”, “feet”, and “eyes”, and their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched”. – Mark 9:43-48′ also see Isa 66:24.
Christ mentioned that a certain rich man in “torments” in Hades had “eyes” and a “tongue” and is able to “speak”, “think”, and “feel”. But that description goes no further. – Luke 16:22-24. The unredeemed shall not experience the graces of God in the Afterlife, since they rejected Him as their Savior. Their names are not written in the Book of Life and each of them had his part in the Lake of Fire. – Rev 20:15
Note: I’m still studying on the topic of “Hell” (Gehenna, etc. and its many meanings.)
Always learning, always growing. Always allowing scripture to interpret itself; always understanding it in context, HIS -Story and Truth! The question “who is the audience” is key!
Next subjects: AGE (This) & AGE TO COME.
All my love, Diana.