The ultimate purpose of human beings is to become part of the family of God.
“Why am I here?” This is the question of the ages, the great mystery of life. Why were you born? Why do you exist? What is the purpose of your life?
What is God’s plan for you? Many believe they will spend eternity in heaven—but doing what? Playing harps and comparing halos? I’ve never heard a good explanation that makes sense.Such a future seems quite dissatisfying. Due to Covid-19, millions of people have spent the last year bored, shut up in their homes doing little or nothing. Do we really want an eternity of that?
If heaven really is the future of much of the human race, the Bible says very little about it. In fact, I’ve searched the Scriptures repeatedly and can find nothing about what believers will do during a supposed eternity in heaven. And for that matter, the common ideas of halos and feathered wings are nowhere to be found either. (To learn more, download or request our free study guide Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach?)
So, what is God’s plan for His faithful believers? What does He have in store?
What the Bible actually reveals is something far greater than going to heaven to do virtually nothing for eternity. It tells us we can become the literal children of God.
That may sound outlandish to you. But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of the apostle Paul, quoting God in 2 Corinthians 6:18: “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (emphasis added throughout).
How did Jesus Christ, who came to reveal the Father (Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22; John 1:18), present Their relationship? As a family—God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son.
God is in the process of creating a family—His own divine family, the God family. And as a God whose nature and character are summed up as “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16), He wants to see us become part of that family—that means you and me.
What will existence in God’s family be like? Notice the apostle John’s description of Jesus Christ as he saw Him in vision in Revelation 1:12-18 (New Living Translation): “When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were bright like flames of fire.
“His feet were as bright as bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth [evidently figurative of His speaking the Word of God—Hebrews 4:12]. And his face was as bright as the sun in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, ‘Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one who died. Look, I am alive forever and ever!’”
This same John tells us in 1 John 3:2 that the glorified children of God will also appear as Christ does when they are resurrected and given eternal life in the family and Kingdom of God! He states, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as he is.”
This is the kind of glorified existence God promises to His children in the resurrection of the dead to immortal spirit at Christ’s return as described in 1 Corinthians 15:50-54. The ultimate purpose of human beings is to become part of the family of God—so Jesus can be “the firstborn among many brethren,” those raised to glory as He is glorified now (Romans 8:29; Hebrews 2:10).
That is a future we can believe in and build our lives around! Learn more about it in this issue.