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In Heaven I was Conformed to the Image of Christ

“I recalled my last moments on earth, lying on my deathbed in pain, thinking my life would soon be over,” the heavenly man told me. “Then instantly I was in paradise and I realised it was the beginning of my real life (Luke 23:43, 2 Corinthians 5:6). My existence before was an introduction to this fullness (Philippians 3:20).

“As heaven changed my view of everything, I became aware of something which never truly gripped me on earth – I was created as an eternal spirit. I am a spirit (Romans 1:9, 8:16, 1 Corinthians 2:11), which possesses a soul (Matthew 16:26), who happened to live in a body whilst on earth (Romans 6:12).

“Something very special also happened to my character and nature. In my life I became a Christian, yet my nature was still carnal (Romans 7:14), and my mind needed to be continually renewed (Romans 1:2). I was like the apostle Paul who did the things he did not want to do, and did not do what he wanted (Romans 7:15-25).

“Then when I entered paradise something changed within me, and I was conformed to the image of Christ. I did not want to sin and I could not sin. The carnal nature was gone and I saw myself in a totally different heavenly light” (Galatians 6:15).

This is an excerpt from the book Heaven - A Journey to Paradise and the Heavenly City’ by Paul Backholer.

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