Matthew 22:30, "For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels
of God in heaven."
This morning, many think we are going to heaven to be angels. However, this text shows that we will be AS
angels in certain respects, but we are NOT going to be angels. Angels are servants of the Most High God, but
we are His children (shown manifestly at the resurrection). Therefore, when Christ speaks of us being as
angels, He references the fact that we will not die in heaven (angels do not die) nor will we have natural ties
(as angels are spiritual creatures). In these respects, we will be as angels in heaven. It is important to
understand that Christ did not take upon Himself this nature (angels), but He made Himself of no reputation
that He might suffer death for us. Without this, there would be no hope to ever live with Him.
This verse shows as clearly as any the principle that spiritual ties have far more weight and importance than
natural ties. The Sadducees (who denied the resurrection anyway) were trying to reason through a spiritual
concept by natural reasoning. Whose wife would a woman be in the resurrection if she had been married
lawfully several times? Naturally, this is important to us, but in the resurrection (spiritually) none of her
husbands are any more important than any other member in the resurrection. When in the Lord's spiritual
kingdom, we have a foretaste of that heavenly majesty.
While it is only in part (up there in the fulness), it still has the same substance that we will have in the
resurrection. So, if natural ties are not important in the resurrection, we should not let them interfere in the
kingdom here in Mount Zion. When in His service labouring in His vineyard, we may be blessed to have
natural family labouring with us. However, they are no more or less important than those other labourers
that we may not be closely related to by nature. A man's wife and children (naturally) are no more
important than another man and his family in the house of the Lord.
The Lord Himself on one occasion had His mother and brethren waiting outside to see Him. However,
He motioned that those gathered round about Him were His mother and brethren. When one lady tried
to ascribe too much glory to Mary, our Lord responded by saying that one was blessed that did the
precepts of the Lord more than the one who bore our Saviour into this world. (Luke 11:27-28) Having
natural family as part of the spiritual family is a great blessing, but caution must be exercised to keep it
from becoming a burden and curse. Churches have split and made factions over family disagreements.
In His service, we must keep the main thing the main thing. Our eyes, hearts, minds, and foremost
thoughts need to be on Him, for He had the ability to never have taken upon Himself the nature of
Abraham (sin excepted). However, He loved us enough to lay aside His glory, take that nature upon
Him, be despised and rejected of men, be forsaken by His Father in heaven, and die in our room and
stead. Then, that awesome Power raised that body back to life to give us the hope, strength, and
consolation that we will one day be wholly and holy in His presence. When viewing that scene, what
form of nature could possibly compare? As the songwriter penned about heaven and immortal glory,
"Imagination's utmost stretch, in wonder dies away."