5th October 2020

Working Virtually

“So also is the resurrection of the dead…For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality… then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’
1 Corinthians 15:42, 53-54 (NKJV)

We watched this years BBC Proms with a touch of sadness: broadcast from the huge Royal Albert Hall, empty of audience and with socially-distanced musicians on stage. How strange it must have seemed to perform a spectacular piece masterfully and not be rewarded with the roar of applause and adulation of the audience.

With the coronavirus pandemic, life has taken on a new normal which includes many things being done remotely—working from home, Zoom meetings, virtual choirs and worship have become a normal way of conducting life.

You have probably heard philosophers struggle with concepts such as ‘If a tree falls in the woods and nobody hears it, did it make a sound?’ Some say that for any event to be ‘recorded’ it requires the presence of an ‘observer’. Therefore, if nobody hears it, it did not happen! Physicist Abraham Pais, is said to have believed that the moon only exists if you look at it! Great minds have debated such concepts and questions as ‘subjective idealism’ and the ‘bundle theory’ endlessly.

As hard as the concept is for physical humans to grasp, God is the true reality. God, the creator of all, is not physical, he is Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man doesn’t receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).

This physical life we lead is just a practice for real life. We are like students learning to live in the love of God before joining him in eternity. In other words, what we experience is ‘virtual reality’. It will pass into history and be gone, but love goes on forever in eternal life.

Prayer
As we live in our physical virtual reality, thank you, Father in heaven, for revealing the mystery of life—true reality, that is Christ in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox

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About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK.  Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

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Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
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