Philippians 3:20-21 For our conversation (citizenship)
is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus
God's work (conforming us to the image of Christ) will be completed when we are gathered unto the Lord. Our mortal corruptible physical bodies will be changed into immortal glorified bodies. We will have a body like Jesus did, after His resurrection. He is the first fruits of the resurrection.
1Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
1Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to
God's calling in the Christians life, has an eternal and temporary purpose.
God is preparing the church to reign with Christ.
Revelation 5:9-10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy
to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain,
and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and
tongue, and people, and nation;
Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt
have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth
good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
2Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
This life is on the job training, that we may reign with Christ.
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
2Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a
moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.