- What is exaltation in Christianity?
- What is the difference between salvation and exaltation?
- What is the difference between exaltation and eternal life?
- What is the new and everlasting covenant?
- What are the four promises of the new covenant?
- What is Holy Spirit of promise?
- Who will inherit the celestial kingdom?
- What religion believes in immortality?
The exaltation of Jesus means that humanity is bound to God in God’s glory. To put it another way, Christ’s ascension reminds Christians that the risen life that they are promised will have a purpose, just as this life has a purpose. That purpose is union with God.
Elder Russell M. Nelson explained that “to be saved—or to gain salvation—means to be saved from physical and spiritual death.” Exaltation, he further taught, “refers to the highest state of happiness and glory in the celestial realm.”
Immortality refers to personal resurrection by which each individual can continue to enjoy a perfect, physical body forever. Exaltation refers to living in the presence of God and Jesus Christ, to becoming like God both in terms of holiness or godliness and sharing in God’s glory.
The new and everlasting covenant is a contractual arrangement in which God and man agree to abide by certain terms and conditions in return for certain benefits. Man agrees to keep all of God’s commandments and observe every ordinance of salvation.
“And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you, and I will remove the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes, and keep Mine ordinances, and do them, and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.”
“The Holy Spirit of Promise is the Holy Spirit promised the saints, or in other words the Holy Ghost. They ‘are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true. ‘ (D. & C. 76:53.)
All children who die before the age of eight automatically inherit the celestial kingdom without the reception of ordinances. The celestial kingdom is the permanent residence of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
c. Whereas most Greek philosophers believed that immortality implies solely the survival of the soul, the three great monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) consider that immortality is achieved through the resurrection of the body at the time of the Final Judgment.