"And because of the redemption of man, which came by Jesus Christ, they are brought back into the presence of the Lord; yea, this is wherein all men are redeemed, because the death of Christ bringeth to pass the resurrection, which bringeth to pass a redemption from an endless sleep, from which sleep all men shall be awakened by the power of God when the trump shall sound; and they shall come forth, both small and great, and all shall stand before his bar, being redeemed and loosed from this eternal band of death, which death is a temporal death.
And then cometh the judgment of the Holy One upon them; and then cometh the time that he that is filthy shall be filthy still; and he that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still."
These verses are talking about resurrection and judgement. I think the whole idea of resurrection is awesome... that we'll all live again, and we don't have to be frightened of an endless nothingness after this life. It also seems like a great equalizer. No matter who you were in this life, you stand before God with everyone else. Then, interestingly, the judgment, which seems to reflect what we have become. If we've been filthy, we'll still be filthy. If we've been happy, we'll still be happy. Which is so foreign to the way that we live life sometimes. Often we look forward to whatever it is that we want and we think... hey, if I get that, then I'll be happy. Or, if this happens, then things will be good. Or we think of heaven as a place where everything will be washed away and we'll suddenly be clean and good and perfect, even if we haven't been before. I think that this verse tells us that we have to focus a little more, because God isn't going to make us into something we've never been and never wanted to be. If we want to be happy after the judgement, we need to learn how to be happy now. If we want to be clean and pure in eternity, we need to learn how to get there the way our lives are now. ... It's scary in some ways, because there are a lot of things that we don't want to have to deal with, and it is easier to think that God will wave his magic wand and make us into something we're not. And I wouldn't discount that entirely. It might not be a wand, but God will help us... he can assist us and change our hearts, and grant us some motivation, and help us through the hard parts. What he won't do is do all of it for us... because then we'll never learn to do it on our own... which we're going to apparently need later. :) Today, let's all imagine that we're wearing ETERNITY IS NOW T-shirts, and act accordingly. :) What we learn now will stick with us... so let's learn to be who we want to be forever.