I was going from door to door at a time of special evangelistic meetings many years ago, inviting people to come to the meetings. Several people apologized and said that they could not be there, but would be there in spirit! I was getting rather discouraged and wished that they would come with their bodies as well as their spirit.
Our bodies are important! They are an amazing creation. The Bible says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made [Psalm 139:14]. Our bodies were made as a house for our soul and spirit. When a person is born again their spirit is quickened and made alive by the Holy Spirit. He then lives inside of them. For this reason the Bible calls our body a temple of the Holy Spirit. It is right that we surrender our will to God, but equally important that we surrender our body to Him. Paul says, I appeal to you brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies to God as a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable to God” [Romans 12:1]
Sadly, when Adam sinned not only did man’s spirit die, but also his body became subject to death and decay. In the Garden of Eden God told Adam that he would return to the ground, and because he is dust he will return to dust! Literally, our bodies became perishable, limited, prone to decay, and subject to the laws of nature [1 Cor. 15:42-44]. When we die our body decays [the Bible uses the term “corruptible” or “perishable”] and our soul and spirit go to Hades to await the resurrection.
We need a new body to house our soul and spirit in eternity and as God’s children we long for the new body that God has promised to us.