[Papercut Press Publishing]1997-10-14 - Believers Being Raised in Glory

1 Cor. 15:43: It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.

Yesterday I was spending some time in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and looking at various commentators on the 38th question. I found what Alexander Whyte said on “Believers being raised in Glory,” to be especially interesting. Here is what he said:

This is the last time “believers” shall bear that name. From the day of their effectual calling to the day of their resurrection they have been “believers,” but after their resurrection there is no more room for faith; then and thereafter they shall know even as they are known. At the Resurrection Christ shall change their vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body. But what that glory shall consist in we cannot in this life tell; we are “believers” in the resurrection and the resurrection life. “Therefore some of our divines say that our Saviour Christ did not simply merit the resurrection of the dead, for that apart from Him they must have risen again and been brought to judgment; but these glorious qualifications the saints have at the resurrection, which is the preparation to the glory in heaven--these He merited, this some divines say” (Goodwin)

The quote from Thomas Goodwin is included in Whyte’s comments and so it is included here. Here is a bold statement. There will be no faith in heaven. I think that for the first time, yesterday, I came to understand that fact. And as Whyte says, we really do not understand the ramifications of this fact. However, it seems that faith is needless, when all things have become known. The profundity of my personal grasping of faith not existing in heaven is minimal, but I thought I would share it anyway. There will be no believers in heaven. Some rebellious part of me likes to say that. It is like kicking at the establishment, and being right at the same time.

“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” Martin Luther (Father of the Reformation)

“We are more sure to arise out of our graves than out of our beds … Oh! How precious is the dust of a believer!” Thomas Watson

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim