The Westminster Shorter Catechism says the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. How? The danger is to focus on actions to reform our identity. God reforms our identity to result in the actions. What identity is God perfecting us toward?
Revelation says we are marching on this timeline toward the ultimate bottleneck: the great white throne judgment. Jesus is the only way to the Father and those who have rejected Jesus will be thrown into the lake of fire and those who have accepted Jesus will be welcomed. It is our choice as to which we are: alive with Jesus or dead without Him.
The great white throne judgment is when God makes our individual choices official and final for eternity. I anticipate He who is love will anguish over each one who eternally rejects His offer of love and life and chooses death.
After finalizing our choice for eternity and directing the dead to their reward of eternal fires, God welcomes the alive to the marriage supper of the Lamb (aka Jesus, the sacrificial lamb slain to redeem us from our sin).
And here is the glimpse of the meaning of life. As Genesis records, God established marriage as an important concept. In Revelation that concept is fulfilled in the marriage of Jesus to the Bride.
From Genesis to Revelation the concept of marriage is addressed from many angles. In Ephesians Paul identifies the Bride of Christ as the Body of Christ. In Revelation John wrote what he saw: the Bride of Christ identified as the people who inhabit the New Jerusalem who are in turn identified as those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Therefore I state the meaning of life is to become the Bride of Christ and spend eternity with the Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit in whatever state He means and is describing with the concept of marriage.
We practice marriage now; what does it mean for eternity? What are we supposed to be learning from marriage?