For the most part, people do not give much thought to death and just how short life really is until somene close to them dies or is in the process of dying. Then attention is shifted away from the mundane and worldly and thoughts tend to drift more towards the spiritual and the "after-life". What is also not well understood is that the benefits of that spiritual world are also available to us here and now; maybe not completely physically as yet but nevertheless, as Jesus said, "the kingdom of God is within you", showing that it is a spiritual thing and not to be thought of in terms that we have been trained to think in all our lives, and that is that we should only believe what we can see.
Our body, the physical vehicle that carries our soul around, is only temporary. When we are in our youth and young adulthood we seldom give a second thought to our mortality, although once into middle-age then all of a sudden we come to the realization that we just don't have that much time left before we also, like the millions before us, will cross the great gulf of the spiritual world. To think that there is no such thing as an "after-life" is really to cheapen life itself as the great gift of God that it is. If there really isn't anything after all this then why bother going through it at all ? It seems an awful lot of trouble just to end up nowhere !
But, what if there is another world ? Another dimension that is at the same time invisible yet all around us at the same time, the world of the spiritual ? Many people have had experiences with it and have recounted their look into it in many books and articles. Jesus spoke of accumulating the true riches in Mt 6:19-21 " Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." He is saying here that the true riches are not of this earth, but rather are in the spiritual where they are eternal.
So then, what is this obcession with the physical ? Some people will dedicate their whole lives to toning and primping their body to what they perceive as "perfection" while at the same time completely ignoring the far more important "body" of the spirit, the soul that lives inside that outer shell. Just how important is the physical body ? Well, the Bible says that it is the temple of God and that the Holy Spirit wishes to live in it, if invited. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"(1Cor 3:16) But it also says that we are not to give it more attention than is reasonable for it's proper maintenance. " For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."(1Tim 4:8)
Was Jesus a physically attractive man ? You'd think that according to worldly standards He should have been quite the hunk, the best example of physical prowess, but what does the Bible say ? Speaking of Jesus in prophecy Isaiah wrote," For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him."(Isa 53:2) So, it does not appear that He was that great to look at, but what does that say ? Does it not again emphasize that what is important is the spirit by which He spoke was far more important than what He may or may not have looked like ? The spiritual being the eternal value, and the physical mearly a temporary shell to carry the soul around in.
The apostle Paul revealed in 1Cor 15:51-54 " Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." This is speaking of the time when Jesus will return and collect those that have made the choice to be with Him. It is clearly stated that we will be changed and that our mortal body will transform into an immortal one, a spiritual one.
"The kingdom of God is within you", IF you have decided to receive God's gift of Salvation through Jesus' blood that is . And that kingdom of God will manifest itself in you by making changes in your life
that are meant to make of you a more loving, a more compassionate, a more considerate, less self-absorbed person that will want to do good and not "evil".
" But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."(Gal 5:22-23)
And just how it is that Jesus said one could recognize one of His disciples ? " By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."(Jn 13:35) They will manifest the first listed fruit of the Spirit ... Love !
So, once we have put off this physical body of corruption ( if you don't think it's corruption try not washing it for a few days ! ) and have moved into our new heavenly spiritual body we will be able to experience the fullness of all the promises made to us of the benefits of that spiritual world the Bible speaks so much about. This is what is reserved for those that have given their lives to Jesus just as He gave His life to us on the cross. Use your God-given majesty of choice and pray to ask Him into your heart and life that you may be a partaker of the wonderful spiritual world in which He lives and we are a part of.