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The Heavenly Body
Who shall change our vile bodies that it may be fashioned like his own glorious body, according to the working whereby he is even able to subdue all things unto Himself. - Philipians 3:21
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth 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. - 1John 3:2
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1Corinthians 15:51-53
Some of us are obsessed with obtaining the body beautiful. There is nothing wrong with seeking and maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. in fact, most of our churches would do well foregoing the after-service fried-chicken and mashed potato dinners. As Christians, we glorify God better, when our temples are in good shape. But some people’s thinking concerning health goes way beyond the norm, and that’s when obsession comes in. Television has become inundated with the latest in fitness technology via infomercials that run 24/7. It seems that every day, these channels showcase the “new” innovation in fitness equipment or fitness gurus boasting the next “revolutionary” way to produce shapely buns, thighs, and sculpt rock-hard abs. Another “hot” trend is the pre-packaged, expensive healthy meals, that delivered to your door-step, are being hawked by celebrities such as Queen Latifah, and Valerie Bertinelli.
But the madness doesn’t stop there. Doctors and plastic surgeons are making a killing giving a nip here and a tuck there, removing fat with liposuction, and placing bands around the stomach to curb appetites. Pills, elixirs that are supposed to lengthen life and turn back the aging process, and in the field of science, Cryogenics, cloning, the list goes on and on.
However, the scope of this article is not diet and exercise. It has been revealed to me that man is always trying to find a substitute for what God already has in place. The problem is man’s unwillingness to submit to Him, to obtain what has been prepared for those that love him.
The truth of the matter is; even with all the diet, exercise and fitness equipment, both of good quality and the cheaply made ones, our bodies get old, and eventually die, going back to the dust from which it was created.
Our bodies, as everything else in the Material World, are temporal; but the question is, what happens afterwards?
According to God’s Word, the soul of man lives on after death. For the Righteous however - those who will enjoy eternal life in His Presence, God has prepared a new body, a new temple in which to house his transformed mind, soul and spirit.
According to John, it doesn’t appear to us what these bodies will be, but through the eyes of these bodies, we will see Jesus as he is, because we’ll be like him. See 1John 3:2
However, we can glean certain truths about our new bodies from God’s own Word:
Ageless - II Corinthians 5:1, I Corinthians 15:53
Sexless - Matthew 22:30
Spiritual - II Corinthians 15:44
Glorious - Matthew 17:2
Transformation is instantaneous - II Corinthians 15:52, I Thessalonians 4:17
Not subject to natural laws - Mark 16:7, John 20:19
Those of us who are wrestling with pain, struggling with diseases - have less than perfect bodies envisioned by society, should take comfort in what the Word of God says concerning our new body, and prepare our hearts and minds to move into it, for Jesus is coming soon.