“Our Future Bodies”

Posted: October 7, 2012 in 1 Corinthians, Resurrection

They are absolutely right – “Flesh and ‘blood’ cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:49). But they are absolutely wrong to deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ and everyone else who dies (Luke 24:38-43; John 20:27; Acts 1:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 John 1:7). Christ’s resurrected, glorified body had flesh and bones but no blood. So will our resurrected bodies (1 John 3:2).  No one will be annihilated or reincarnated according to the Scriptures (Hebrews 9:27).

     Questions Galore. “What about babies-will they be resurrected as infants or adults? What happens to the bodies of those who’ve died violent, tragic deaths –who’ve been blown up, crushed, dismembered, or lost at sea? And what about people who’ve been cremated – some whose ashes have been carried away on the wind? How will God resurrect these people?” – Charles Swindoll. Consider the Corinthian Christians’ questions. They asked, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come? (1 Corinthians 15:35). The Apostle Paul used some analogies from everyday life to explain the resurrection of the body that should have been obvious to them and to us.

     Seeds.  Perhaps as a child you planted a seed in a cup, covered it with dirt, watered it, and put it in the window sill so you could watch it grow.  Although you didn’t know exactly how it all worked, you saw the seed produce a stalk and then fruit with seeds in it.  Who made it grow?  Obviously, an omnipotent God did.  Farmers have a lot of faith and spend a lot of money when they put seeds in the ground hoping to have a crop.  Attributing the growth to “Mother Nature” is an insult to the true and living God. Have you thanked Him for your daily bread?

     Flesh.  When you go out to eat, you usually have a choice to make.  Do I want steak, fish, or fowl? You know that the texture of each one is different. Cattle graze in the field.  Fish can survive under water.  Bird’s flesh and bones were/are structured for them to fly in the air.  Human flesh is also quite different.

     Humor.  When the missionary was about to be put into a boiling pot of water and cooked by the cannibals, he told the chief that he might not like the taste of a white man. He said, “Let me cut off a part of my leg for you to cook.  Then you decide if you want to eat me.” When the chief agreed, the missionary pulled up his pant leg, cut off some of his wooden leg and offered it to the chief to eat.  After taking a bite, he spit it out and said, “You taste terrible.” Then he let him go.

     Celestial/Terrestrial.  The bodies we have on earth are called terrestrial.  But the bodies that New Testament believers will have in heaven are called celestial.  Currently our human bodies are governed more often by our souls (emotions) than by our spirits that belong to our minds (our rational part – Ephesians 4:23).  That’s why sales pitches usually are made to our fickle emotions rather than to our minds.  Furthermore, the believer’s soul and body won’t be saved until the Rapture (1 Peter 1:9; Romans 8:23).  Thank God, we won’t have to spend eternity in bodies that we now have.

     Glory.  When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they were stripped and realized that they were naked (Genesis 3:7).  Some Bible teachers believe that their garments of light were taken from them and the image and likeness of God was distorted.  For New Testament Christians the image of God will be restored and we will receive a garment of light like Christ’s at the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:49; 1 Timothy 6:16; 1 John 3:2).  Old Testament believers will be raised (not resuscitated) 75 days after the seven years of tribulation and will receive garments of light that shine like the stars (Daniel 12:3, 12).

     Great White Throne.  At the end of time all unbelievers will be raised from the dead to stand before the Lord Jesus Christ, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8), and their degree of suffering in hell will be determined at that time (Revelation 20:11-15).  No one will be annihilated.  Once conception takes place, you have a person who will exist somewhere forever.  This is why we are opposed to abortion.  Otherwise God isn’t who He claims to be: good, righteous, omniscient, omnipotent, truth, holy, and love.  All these attributes are perfectly balanced with each other.

     Human Bodies.  Our human bodies are subject to death and decay.  They smell even when we’re living, but the smell is intensified at death.  A dead body has no power to do anything.  But the believer’s resurrected body will no longer be subject to decay and will be raised in power to do far more than we can do now (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).  But we won’t be all powerful like God and we won’t/can’t become gods.

     Two Adams.  We are all the descendants of Adam and Eve.  After the confusion that took place at the tower of Babel, when God changed the languages of mankind, the ethnic groups developed.  We all belong to one of them and are part of the human race (Acts 17:26). But unless we become related to the last Adam, Jesus Christ, by being “born again from above,” we will perish and end up in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 21:8). We all need Christ’s righteousness to enter heaven (John 16:8-11).  God’s Word tells us that we receive it when we believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead (Romans 4:24). If you place your faith in Him alone, He will save you from hell and take you to heaven. Yes, both places are very real or Jesus is a liar (Matthew 25:41, 46; John 14:1-3).

     Hope.  Every Christian, regardless of our current limitations, should realize that we will have a much better body that will be given to us at the Rapture. “God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things [will] have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).  “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). As long as God keeps us here on earth, let’s serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2). Let’s tell others about the wonderful grace of God (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Let the “Fruit of the Spirit” be seen by others for the glory of God (Galatians 5:22, 23; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

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