Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “God will give us a new resurrection body.”
There is no real debate among serious Bible scholars that we will spend eternity in a glorious resurrection body. It’s true that there’s much we don’t know about that body, but the Bible is clear that we will have one, and it does give us some clues about it.
In Philippians 3:20-21 Paul tells us that Jesus will transform out lowly bodies into something that is like His glorious body. So what was the glorious resurrection body of Jesus like? If we look at the concluding chapters of each of the four gospels we find that in His resurrection body Jesus was recognizable as the person He had been in life. We also see that he was physical, “Touch me and see; because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have …” Jesus also ate food, he conversed with people, and he lit a fire and cooked breakfast for them. But we also find that His body had spiritual qualities not associated with our current physical body. For instance He could appear and disappear in an instant; he could pass through walls and doors; and finally His entire resurrection body – physical and spiritual, arose and ascended into heaven.
Paul says that our resurrection bodies will be something like that. Exactly like that? I don’t know, but something like that. In the days to come we will continue to mine the Bible for clues about what our resurrection bodies will be like and the kinds of things we will likely do in eternity, but the point for us to get today is that there is a direct continuity between our mortal body and our resurrection body. Although the mortal body will die and return to dust, as we will learn tomorrow, at the second coming of Christ the mortal body will be raised, perfected, and reunited with our spirit. You will still be you, but you will be a perfect you.
There will be many surprises in store for you with respect to your resurrection body – there will be characteristics of it that you never would have imagined and it will be capable of things you never would have guessed. But you will still be you – redeemed and perfected, enjoying eternity in a redeemed and perfected world.
The great Bible scholar Dr. R.A. Torrey wrote, “We will not be disembodied spirits in the world to come, but redeemed spirits, in redeemed bodies, in a redeemed universe.”