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Life After This Life

After This Life Series – Part 1

If you are given a choice with new life after death, regardless of what the status may be, either a well-to-do person, a poor person, or return to the same life as before full of struggles, challenges, and dull, will you still consider to be back and embrace the new life? How about having an eternal and joyful life but no recollection of the past? Before you rush to answer,  let me continue with the dialogue.

There are many different beliefs about the afterlife. Different religions have different beliefs, such as resurrection and reincarnation. Some people do not believe in either one. The human body turns into ashes, which is biblically supported—from dust; we came to dust and will be.

We are living for a brief time on this earth, but  according to Paul’s letter to the Philippians (3:20-21)—”But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it, we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Therefore, whoever believes in me, though he dies, shall he live”—John 11:25 and the Father said that “whoever believes with the Son whom He sent will have eternal life” John 3:16.  

What more assurance do we need to be in Heaven’s afterlife but to hold on to the truth of the Word of God? Christian beliefs about life after death are mainly based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. God’s divine plan comes with the condition that to have eternal life; we have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that through him, the World might be saved. John 3:17. Christians believe that Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection of his body is the key to restoring our relationship with the Father.

We learned from Bible Study that the Son defeated death, and we celebrate that victorious day every Sunday. If it is not so, what celebration do Christians do on Sundays? You may get the answers at Worship Series at

On the side of the coin, let us say if everything will be the same in the afterlife: having the same mornings, waking up early, getting ready for work, dropping off kids, going to work, being stressed, eating, going to bed at night, getting sick and so forth. Nothing has changed because the same old worries, stress, and anxiety are still there, and you keep battling the same war.   You will still age, get sick, happy, and sad, and keep fighting, and nothing will be changed because this is God’s plan for humans.  

Is it still your wish to have a life after death after all your experiences on this troubled earth? Do you want to try it? Or was your previous life enough for you, and you’re already satisfied with how you lived your life? When you fully believe what the Bible says, we will recognize each other in Heaven, meeting our relatives and friends who made it there (1 Corinthians 13:12). With this being said, are you going to change your mind?

The Bible says God will give us a glorified body. Therefore, our appearance will change. Our glorified body will never grow old, similar to Jesus’ resurrected body—no more pain or suffering or death. As the Bible says: “For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52). This is promised!

When Jesus was transformed into His heavenly glory before the eyes of some of His disciples, “His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light” (Matthew 17:2). And yet His disciples still recognized Him, and so did Moses and Elijah who came from Heaven to speak with Him.  If this is the pattern,  then there is a possibility we will know each other.

What has been discussed above differs from the idea that we will be in Heaven above the earth, which we may need to digest. Jesus said blood and flesh could not enter Heaven except those who came down from it.

What Happens When We Die?

To die is the reality of life. We are here and will be gone tomorrow because we are created as mortals designed to age and eventually perish from the earth. 

What happens precisely after death? Nobody can testify to a life after death. We may not know until we receive the blessing to be in that event. 

How are we supposed to know if the promise was fulfilled if we were not there to witness it? Will you still be interested? King Solomon said, “The dead know nothing. ” If nothing happens after this life, we will not know it.

Hope is all we have, and our faith will strengthen it. We hold on to God’s word that He does not lie. As stated in John 3:16, if we accept Jesus into our hearts, we are given the gift of eternal life. That may sound wild to unbelievers, but it is a reasonable hope for believers.

What will be next after death?

Is it Resurrection or Reincarnation? Do we have to believe just one, or could we believe both? Even though it occurs in the New Testament Christian doctrine, it is not supportive of reincarnation. We were not taught to embrace it. Christians believe that Jesus is the incarnate God. It is not our stand to disagree or agree. It is how we digest the word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit of God.

The prefix “re” is very powerful; it repeats itself! Incarnation to reincarnation, surrection to the resurrection, gain to regain, claim to reclaim, and many more we can mention, though it is not an absolute use and yet something to work on our mind. We remain hopeful for more revelation to confirm why confusion arises between these two afterlife events.

The Bible is clear that we are inheritors of the earth and not Heaven, and Jesus will reign with his kings. Other verses say he will rule with his saints. So we could say that Jesus will make us kings and priests, which could probably solve the confusion. Either resurrection or reincarnation is God’s will and purpose that will be fulfilled, not what we want. We may not understand His decision because His thoughts are higher than ours, and His way is different.

After life on this earth, heavens await. Is that so? Are we sure that Heaven is our next stop? How sure? Faith is the best answer.

Part 1 Life After This Life Series

Part 2 Resurrection Afterlife Series

Part 3 Heaven Afterlife Series

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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