The human race was created in the "image [and] likeness" of God (Genesis 1:26; cf. 5:3) and given God-like minds and feelings. God planned that those who reformed from their sins and were baptized would receive the Spirit of God (Acts 2:38–39; John 3:16). At the Second Coming of Christ, all those who have been converted to God’s way in this life, whether dead or alive, will be born as “sons of God, being sons of the resurrection” and granted immortality (Luke 20:36).

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). “He who overcomes shall inherit all things [the universe]” (Revelation 21:7).

Biblical prophecy indicates that God's “firstfruits,” as they are called in this age, will rule here, on this very earth (Daniel 2:44; Revelation 2:26–27; 5:10), as the Kingdom of God (John 14:1-3; Revelation 3:21; 20:4–6). True saints will become perfect sons of God, “sons of the resurrection” (Luke 20:36). God intended for human beings who accept Jesus Christ's sacrifice and obey His commands to eventually become full members of God’s family under the authority of the Father and the Son (1 John 3:1-3). They will share in divine glory in the resurrection. Jesus prayed, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me” (John 17:22–23).

Read our booklet What Is the Meaning of Life? to learn more about God’s plan for your future.