It is a distressly common thought among professing Christians that we are aimed for a “heaven” which oddly disconnected with this present age. Thus, our life now has no real bearing on our life after the Resurrection. Yet, this runs counter to the Biblical witness. After Jesus has been resurrected, Thomas can touch the scars from the cross (John 20:27). Our current distress “is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:17). There is a connection between sexual immorality now and the resurrection (1 Cor. 6:14).
As Michael Bird helpfully explains in his Systematic Theology:
Such a hope is focused on Jesus Christ and the consummation of his kingdom in the future. This is not an escapist theology that looks for something radically different to the present reality we experience. For the renewed creation will be a resurrection of the present order of things. There will be a continuity between this world and the next one. Thus, what we do in this world and in this life will carry over into the future realm of a transformed heaven and earth. That’s why the church is busy with mission rather than being bored with waiting. As the people of God shine like stars (Dan 12:3; Phil 2:15), they radiate before the world a glimpse of what the coming glory will be like. The church, as God’s children indwelt by the Holy Spirit and living under the lordship of Jesus Christ, is a living preview of the final state of the universe: glory.