Will I “know”?

Titus 1:2 This faith and knowledge make us sure that we have eternal life.

Will I “know”? How will I know? Will I be conscious, like I am right now while pondering the question? What will the afterlife be like?

The short answer is, “I don’t know.” Truly, I do not think it is doubting my faith in God (or God himself) to say that I have no idea – I can not have a single clue what “eternal life” will be like. But perhaps, there is a hint in that most common of epitaphs:

Rest In Peace.

Let’s jump ahead in our lives to The Defining Moment: our very last seconds in this life. Death is here, imminent. Let’s assume we’re fortunate – yes, blessed to know we’re about to finally “know”. The Answer. The Big One. There is some … anticipation. (A good thing.)

But will I still experience fear? The Biggest Fear. Of the unknown, the unknowable. Of nothingness or …? (The worst thing.)

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends, exceeds, surpasses all understanding, all comprehension, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Isn’t this “peace of God” referring to this ultimate period of our earthly existence? Literally, it’s the punctuation concluding the “sentence” of our life. Which will it be? Which will we choose?
“.”?  “-“?  “?”?  “!”?  “…”?

In a sense, isn’t the whole of our time here a preparation for, a learning how, a maturing spiritually, a practice run for how we will hold ourselves when we stand at last before the door that God is on the other side of?

Titus 1:4 Always be filled with joy
:6 Don’t worry, pray…, always give thanks
:11 …I have learned to be satisfied with what I have and with whatever happens
:13 Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do

So I answer “Will I know?” with another question: If I have the peace of God, does it really matter?

 

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