What we are mainly considering here is those of the church who have been rewarded at the bema judgment. As I have previously written about, our main reward in the Millennial kingdom will be the obtaining of responsibilities of service and rulership in God’s kingdom, in which we will reign and rule with Christ. Some will have great responsibilities, by which they will rule over many; and some will have few responsibilities, by which they will rule over a few.
Now the question before us is, how will our responsibilities of rulership change after the millennium, when we will enter the eternal state of the new heaven and the new earth?
First of all, it must be clear that the second we all are raptured, we will go into the eternal state—because, to have a raptured or resurrection body is being in the eternal state. And where is that? Well, that is a good question, but I would say that the main place, or our primary eternal home is that place in which Christ has been preparing for us: the heavenly city or the New Jerusalem, described for us in detail in Revelation 21:9-27.
This is our eternal home and it will remain our home for eternity—even after the millennium. Likewise, it is the place from which we will reign and rule with Christ. So, our location and position and responsibility, as far as ruling goes, will remain the same from the millennium till after the millennium—because, for us, we will always be in the eternal state. The only difference will be in who we are ruling over. In the millennium we will rule over those who are not resurrected, and also over some who are not redeemed. But after the millennium, everyone will have a resurrection body. That is the big difference.
And this presents other questions, like, how exactly will we rule? Will we always be in the New Jerusalem, or will we be allowed to travel out of it? Since we will have glorified bodies, if we have any dealings with people on the earth during the millennium, will we be invisible, or visible? And if visible, how will we look? Then, after the millennium is over and everyone has glorified bodies, what will that be like? How will it be for a us to rule over those that are just like us? I offer these questions without answers, simply because I don’t have answers, just ideas; vague ideas. And whenever I think about eternal things, I dare not say too much. And it seems like the more I think about it the more questions I have.