Drop everything you are doing and open your eyes. Now, hold out your hand and look at it. Can you see it? We asked this question in part one of this series. Did you answer the question differently this time? In the previous parts of this series, we looked at just what a magnificent creation you are. We used the example of computers to illustrate how your body is a biomechanical machine controlled by a magnificent, bio-digital operating system.
Previously, you learned that your iHuman 1.0 body is a masterpiece of biomechanical engineering capable of incredible things, and filled with more information than you can even imagine! You have learned that your 1.0 operating system is a sophisticated piece of software with many useful apps that power cameras, microphones, speakers and other sensors that help you navigate this physical life. Then you discovered that your biomechanical, software-controlled body comes with its own user’s manual, complete with instructions for every single aspect of your life. You also learned that your human machine qualifies for a free software upgrade that can help you to understand your purpose, your place and what your Creator has in store for you.
And yet we have not even begun to scratch the surface of God’s magnificent creation. We haven’t discussed that the machines operating inside your cells are incredibly complex, thus far eluding the best scientific attempts at replication. We only briefly commented on your DNA, and left out the highly complex messenger RNA—the proteins that amaze scientists—and the structures that protect each of your living cells. Seriously, we barely scratched the surface! Your body hosts 1021 bytes of data, and yet there are proteins within each of your 100 trillion cells whose atoms can be folded 1097,000,000,000 different ways and only one way is correct! Go ahead and count to 97 billion. I dare you! But that number isn’t 97 billion (97,000,000,000). Rather, it is a 10 with 97 billion zeroes behind it. I did some math, and a 10-point font “0” (smaller than what is printed on this page) written 97 billion times would stretch past the moon! The numbers God is dealing with are simply beyond our capacity as human beings. And yet, even that is still nothing!
So, what is all of this info leading to? In 2007, Steve Jobs of Apple Computer took the stage at Macworld to tell the entire world about his great vision for computers. When he later introduced the iPhone, he made two remarkable quotes. First, he stated that Apple’s products represented the “intersection between the arts and technology,” and then he quoted Alan Kay, saying, “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.” Art, technology, hardware and software. Look at your hand again. And I mean really look at it. What do you see? Do you see artistic expression? Do you see technological innovation? What about revolutionary hardware and software? Do art and technology, hardware and software form up out of the mud with no purpose or direction?
That’s right. You have everything you need to inherit the Kingdom of God. It is now yours . . . to lose!
When you look at your hand, do you see a masterpiece? Yes, it’s just a hand, but seriously, look at that thing! You can reach out to the keyboard and tap-tap-tap away for hours on end and watch your thoughts spread out before you. You can use your eyeballs to discern and analyze language, realize you made an error, then tap-tap-tap backwards to correct a misspelled word and correct what was wrong. You can tie your shoes, hug a loved one, turn the pages of a good book. You can even use your hands to perform an Internet search, only to find that this secular world believes every last one of those miraculous things is the result of chance lightning and mud.
Back in 1996, a full decade before the iPhone, a beautiful son was born to my wife and me. He was born under duress and lived only until November 5, 2003. He was just 71⁄2 when he died, and never developed beyond the mental age of 6 months. We spent many years wondering why God would allow that to happen to us and our son. It wasn’t until we accepted our Human OS 2.0 upgrade that we learned what we know now: God has a plan, and it is much bigger than you or I. His plan is so grand that he wants every human being to take part in it (1 Timothy 2:3-4 1 Timothy 2:3-4  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;
 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
American King James Version×), even the people we have lost, like my own son. God speaks of a time so wonderful that mankind is incapable of even imagining it (1 Corinthians 2:9 1 Corinthians 2:9But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.
American King James Version×). It is a time of great peace, in which there will be no more tears and no more suffering (Revelation 21:4 Revelation 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
American King James Version×).
On a personal level, I understand the point Paul made in 1 Corinthians 2:9 1 Corinthians 2:9But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.
American King James Version×. I know I am incapable of fully comprehending the things God has in store for us. From my OS 1.0 perspective, there is no greater reward than to see my beloved son running and playing in God’s Kingdom. What greater reward could there possibly be for a 1.0 sinner such as me? But His future will go even beyond what I can imagine. Right now we have only our iHuman 1.0 interface to work with. Everything we experience, everything we feel, is physical! It is hard to grasp the spirit world in which God has His domain. Even with the Human OS 2.0 HS Edition upgrade (see Part 2 of this series), we aren’t entirely able to imagine life in the world He has planned for us. It is a perfect world. There is no war, suffering, hunger, sadness or heartache, and the inhabitants live in absolute peace.
So, how do we get there?
Okay, let’s run through it again. You are an iHuman 1.0, you have the Human OS 1.0 (the default human operating system), you know about the user’s manual (your Bible), and you have learned about the Human OS 2.0 HS Edition upgrade (the Holy Spirit, given at baptism) that is free to download—provided you first prepare the machine to receive it. With all of these things in place, you’re in!
That’s right. You have everything you need to inherit the Kingdom of God. It is now yours . . . to lose!
Yes, I said it is yours to lose! God has invited you to the wedding supper (Matthew 22:1-14 Matthew 22:1-14  And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables, and said,
 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatted calves are killed, and all things are ready: come to the marriage.
 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
 Then said he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
 Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage.
 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
 And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
 For many are called, but few are chosen.
American King James Version×; Revelation 19:7-9 Revelation 19:7-9  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true sayings of God.
American King James Version×). As a member of His Church, you have become betrothed (engaged) to His Glorious Son, Jesus Christ, the One who actually designed and created you (John 1:1-15 John 1:1-15  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came to his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John bore witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spoke, He that comes after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
American King James Version×). Now, if only you could just hide in a cave, shut down your mind and never mess up again! Except that would actually be bad for you. Christ gave us a parable of this kind of hiding in Matthew 25:14-30 Matthew 25:14-30  For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered to them his goods.  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.  Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.  And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.  But he that had received one went and dig in the earth, and hid his lord's money.  After a long time the lord of those servants comes, and reckons with them.  And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, you delivered to me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.  His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lord.  He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, you delivered to me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.  His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lord.  Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew you that you are an hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not strewed:  And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the earth: see, there you have that is yours.  His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed:  You ought therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received my own with usury.  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him which has ten talents.  For to every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has.  And cast you the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
American King James Version×. Read through it and you will find in your user’s manual that the Creator desires for you to go out into the world and tackle its problems head-on! In order to make difficult decisions, in order for your iHuman machinery to be tested to its fullest capacity, you must bang straight into those challenges that require you to “choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19 Deuteronomy 30:19I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:
American King James Version×). If you do—if you use your new upgrade and “choose life”—then God will open the doors for you to enter into His Kingdom.
The Bible speaks of a coming time of trouble, “The Great Tribulation” as you will hear it called. But there is hope on the other side of that terrible time, and the Bible gives us some important clues regarding it. Many sections of your user’s manual (books like Isaiah, Micah, Malachi, Daniel, Revelation and others) speak of this hope. In one of the most beautiful verses in the Bible, we see a greater glimpse of that future:
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as he is. All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:1-3 1 John 3:1-3  Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not.
 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.
American King James Version×, New International Version, emphasis added throughout).
You shall be like Him. John 4:24 John 4:24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
American King James Version×tells you that God is spirit. 1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
American King James Version×tells you that you shall be like Him! Since you are not currently spirit, but flesh and blood, what these verses tell you is that there is yet another upgrade available to your system. But this upgrade is not just software. It is also hardware. Yes, there is an option for a 2.0 hardware upgrade, and this one is seriously powerful! It comes complete with a totally new, completely fresh operating system called Spirit OS, which includes the Eternal Life app! With your new hardware and the Spirit OS upgrade installed, you are qualified to take control of the ultimate super computer: Rather than a physical human body, this baby is a spirit body, and it is driven entirely by God’s Holy Spirit.
To be like God! How many people have muttered this under their breath without actually considering what it means? To have the power to make worlds and destroy kingdoms? Only God has the character to do such things in a manner that is fair to all members of His creation (even if they don’t think so). And only a person operating with the character of God should ever qualify to receive such power. You see, this is why you must take your incredible machine on its journey. You must demonstrate that your iHuman 1.0 hardware is willing to serve God, that your Human OS 1.0 has read the user’s manual and that the combined system is prepared to take on the Human OS 2.0 HS Edition software upgrade. Only then will you qualify to execute your new programming in a concerted effort to demonstrate to God that you are a worthy candidate for the Eternal Life app.
You may not know it, but you are a Beta tester! Being called by God, either having grown up in the Church or called on your own, you have been steadily marching toward this point. Now you are ready to enter the final stages, clear out the bugs and restore your OS so that you, too, can enter into His Kingdom and take your new position as a 2.0 being running the Spirit OS with the Eternal Life app. Of this, 1 Corinthians 15:52 1 Corinthians 15:52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
American King James Version×says: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
Revelation 20:4-5 Revelation 20:4-5  And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
American King James Version×speaks of a “first resurrection,” a time when the called and chosen of this age will be transformed into eternal spirit beings. These beings are what we are talking about. They are the future you and me; majestic, powerful beings transformed with spiritual machine upgrades and the absolutely perfect Spirit OS operating system guided purposefully by our wonderful Creator!
Finally, it is time to take one last look at your hand, and read through Hebrews 11. The great iHuman “machines” listed in that chapter made very good use of their hardware and software, even though they could not see many of the things that you and I can see through the use of science and technology. They had no access to microscopes, computers, the Internet or cellphones. They had to take the word of their Creator with absolute confidence that what He said was true. Even so, there’s a whole spiritual realm out there that we can’t see, as we discussed. But we have the assurance of God’s Word. Your user’s manual is truth, the very word of God who will not lie to you (Titus 1:2 Titus 1:2In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
American King James Version×; Hebrews 6:18 Hebrews 6:18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us:
American King James Version×)!
To conclude this series, we must remember that God’s Spirit inspired King David to say, “You were fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139:14 Psalms 139:14I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well.
American King James Version×). Your body is a marvel of biomechanical engineering. Your combined DNA stores 1021 gigabytes of data, not including a whole host of other complex structures residing in each of your cells. And the tiny, molecular machines operating inside you defy logic with their almost-human personalities. So, remember this: You are beautiful, you are intelligent, you are capable. “You were fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Now, are you ready for some upgrades?