Just watched a video made from CS Lewis' “Man and Rabbit”. It made me uncomfortable watching the end, as the rabbit is removed, scruff by scruff, until the son of God is revealed. It may correct, but it is very dangerous in my mind to deem ourselves a god of any sort. This was what got mankind into trouble in the first place, and seems to be a reoccurring theme all throughout history. Problem is, that people who call themselves such, were always the bad guys.
But it got me thinking, there may be more to this song of God thing, than we realize:
Christians will have a much more significant role in heaven than we realize. "Do you not know that we are to judge angels?” (I Cor 6:3); ”Or that we will be “like the angels in heaven” (Matt 22:30); and how God made man "after our image" (Gen. 1:26). Do we really appreciate what it will mean to be "conformed to the likeness of his Son?" (Rom. 8:29).
After much mulling and pizza, I am starting to think we become or join God’s Divine Council.
The more I ponder what it means to be a son of God, what they were, and all the people in history who claimed to be such a thing, the more uneasy this topic makes me. Because it starts to make me think the Mormons are on to something, as it does seem that we do take on some kind of divinity. Unlike the Mormon though, I contend we will not rule a universe of our own, but rather we will administer and become stewards over God’s infinite creation. This time on a much larger scale than the earth in Genesis, in that we will now manage aspects of the whole universe.
What leads me to this is God's propensity to allow his creation to participate in divine decision making. For example in 1 Kings 22:20, God asked His council to formulate a plan to destroy King Ahab. In Deut. 32:8, when God put the first nations under control of its own ruling angel, and later judged them for it (Psalms 82). Also note the reoccurring theme of a main god with helper gods replicated all throughout the worlds ancient pantheons. This must be based upon an original model, which I suspect is Yahweh's Divine Council.
There is a very strong argument to be made for beings who assist God in cosmic affairs. Not that God couldn't do it alone, but probably to allow for some sort of self-governance as people want to be free to worship, and not out of coercion. God doesn't seem to have "control issues" in that He is very willing to give up some of His sovereignty, for whatever reason that may be, and chooses to delegate.
So my question is, would this continue in heaven? This taking on of responsibilities in cosmic affairs? I am starting to lean to yes, we will.
If we embrace the true story arc of the Bible, then were it leads is much more profound than what we have thought in the past. Heaven seems to be more than harps, halos, and Pina Coladas. I conclude eternal life would be boring without work, therefore we must truly serve in heaven, but the question is to what extent?
It seems there are at least job openings for what once held by a third of the angels in heaven . . .
Life in heaven itself? What is the reality of that? What do the sons of God do all day when the War is finally over?
I think we work and they are going to be jobs of great importance.
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