Beloved, “heaven” and “hell” are really only religious symbols, as there are spirits in all sorts of conditions everywhere, in space, and around us, seeing us, and mixing with us incessantly; they constitute an invisible population, constantly moving and busy about us, on every side.
Though these spirits are all around us, they are brought together in REALMS which relate to the condition of their hearts. When perfected though, spirits can meet together wherever they will. This means that the localization of rewards and punishments in fixed places exists ONLY IN MAN’S IMAGINATION; it proceeding from his tendency to materialize and to circumscribe (try to descriptively contain) the things which he cannot naturally comprehend.
Spirits can (and do) suffer in the spirit world, beloved, but this is NOT divine punishment so much as these spirits are simply manifesting (unto grossly experiencing) the condition of their own hearts, and this in order to bring them TO REPENTANCE. Once a spirit repents, the conditions for its expiation of faults is almost always presented for it UPON THE EARTH. You might be able to see in this the constant recycling that goes on between the 3rd and 4th dimensions. Simply put; the purgation of the corrupt vibrations of a spirit consists in the trials given to it IN ITS PHYSICAL LIFE. Basically, that’s what we’re all here for.
With this in mind, I’m starting to think that one cannot progress directly from the 4th dimension (the transitional place for disembodied spirits and a place of a rather wide vibrational bandwidth) to the 5th dimension (the gateway to the heavenly realms), but that he or she must get to the 5th by way of the 3rd. I say this because it seems that attaining to the 5th dimension is only by way of what Paul expressed in Philippians 3:10-11; overcoming all self by way of fellowship in Christ’s sufferings being conformed to his death, and this (as far as I understand it) is almost (if not) always wrought out in the outer-crust of the spirit world – THE MATERIAL EARTH REALM.
In other words, beloved, attaining to “the resurrection out from the dead” describes one completely alighting him or her-self from the 3rd and 4th dimension karma wheel (and from the laws of sin and death which apply to those realms) and them completely putting off all corruption in exchange for incorruption, and them putting off mortality for immortality.
This, of course, is when death no longer has a victory; not even a sting.
Something to think about.