Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 7, 2006

Old Bones

On this day I am now officially the big three-0, that’s right thirty years old.  In the last several years my body has changed and I suspect it will continue to change as time goes by.  Since I was 24 I have gained about twenty-five pounds and my old pants are getting to the point where they won’t fit.  There are other signs of age that I have experienced, which will certainly continue to increase as I get older.  My body has changed from being in shape to out of shape and the ramifications of being out of shape cannot be good.  Although, I am assured that the older I get the more run down, abused and broken I know that this will not be my permanent body in eternity.   

When the Lord returns all humanity will be resurrected (except those alive at His return) and stand before the great white throne of judgment.  The evil will be sent to suffer eternal torment.  The Lord’s people will enjoy eternal paradise and will be provided with a new body, a heavenly body.  It’s important to clarify that heaven will not be a place of spirits without any physical bodies.  This confirms that matter is not inherently evil. 

Question 57 of the Heidelberg Catechism reviews the statement within the Apostle’s Creed, which affirms the belief in the resurrection of the body: 

Q. How does "the resurrection of the body" comfort you? 

A. Not only my soul will be taken immediately after this life to Christ its head, 1 but even my very flesh, raised by the power of Christ, will be reunited with my soul and made like Christ's glorious body. 2 

1 Luke 23:43:  And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in paradise. Philippians 1:21-23:  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  But if I am to live on in flesh, this will means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.  But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better.
2 1 Corinthians 15:20, 42-46, 54: But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep… So also is the resurrection of the dead.  It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.  If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.  So also if it is written, “The first man Adam, became a living soul,” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.  However, the spiritual is not first , but the natural; then the spiritual…Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Philippians 3:21: …who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.  1 John 3:2:  And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 

We cannot be sure what our eternal bodies will look like or what stage of development it will be for those who die in childhood. What we do know is that bodies we were always intended to have will be given to us in our eternal state.  Thank God for that

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