This earthly body of ours, made of flesh and blood, certainly cannot ultimately take part in the Kingdom of God. Our dying, perishable, decaying body is not the right kind of body to live forever. How could it take part in the imperishable and the immortal? Well, it will not have to.
We Christians eagerly wait for our “full adoption,” the redemption of our body (Rom.8:23). God, who made the Lord Jesus come back from the dead, will also raise us up by His power. We will all be changed! At the Coming of Christ our mortal, decaying body with all its weaknesses will be transformed, glorified and freed from all the imperfections of its earthly condition. This transformation will take place in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. “For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed” (I Cor.15:52b). When that happens death will have been triumphantly destroyed and overcome by life. *I Cor.6:14; 15:50-52a,54*
But what kind of body will we have when we are caught up together with other Christians (I Thes.4:17; cf.Rev.12:5) or are raised from the dead? The apostle Paul gives us the answer:
He begins by explaining that what you put into the ground—such as a bare seed of wheat–is not the plant that will grow. It is God who will give it the new body that He wants it to have. So what about our human body?
*When our perishable body is “sown,” it decomposes; and when God raises it, it will be an imperishable body, and free of decay.
*Our sown dying mortal body will become a raised body that will never die.
*We have bodies that are comparably dishonorable in their lowly state and are sown in such humiliation; but they will be raised in honor and splendor.
*The body is sown in weakness when it is “planted,” but God will raise it in power, having strength.
*Our natural, or “soulish” body is now suited to this life, and is adapted to its present condition as the instrument of the soul. In this life food is meant for the stomach and its digestion, and the stomach craves food, but in death God will put an end to both, thus causing them to end their work (I Cor.6:13a). This present body of ours will be raised a “spiritual” body, suited to the life it will have in its future state, and fitted for the activities of the spirit.
And so, just as we have borne the likeness of Adam, a material man of dust, we will someday have a human body like our Lord’s. *I Cor.15:35-44,49,53, 6:13, Phil.3:21*
“May the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thes.5:23, NASB). Amen and Amen.
By Ed Dudek
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