Being worthy

The passage I mulled over recently seemed to be the inspiration for a classic movie title, but it is not really. By-passing that entirely, let me get to the point: the verse that stood out for me the most. Of course, all of the passage is beautiful, but one verse tended to illuminate something for me:

[The men and women who are worthy to rise from death] will be like angels and cannot die. They are the sons of God, because they have risen from death. Luke 20:36 (Good News Bible)

Being worthy. That’s the point for me. The New Testament teaches that the

one who puts their faith in Jesus is worthy to enter heaven. But this passage doesn’t say what makes the men and women worthy to enter heaven. However, the passage is directed at the eternal destinies of seven brothers. The religious sect, the Sadducees, wanted to know who of the brothers would be the woman’s husband in the afterlife. They asked Jesus. He taught them that there is no marriage in the Kingdom of Heaven. Marriage, as we know it, is of this earth. In heaven are those who are worthy and they will not be married. They are worthy because they have put their faith in Jesus. They are one with the Lord.

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