OUR NEW BODY

Bible Reading:  1 Corinthians 15:35-58; Philippians 3:21

Because of sin our old bodies were perishable, limited, prone to decay and subject to the laws of nature, but our new bodies will be very different. Our old bodies were discarded at death, when our spirit and soul returned to God. Some people get anxious about what happens to their old bodies. What if they are burned or disintegrate in an accident? Is burial a must and cremation wrong? It doesn’t really matter because that body has been discarded forever!

We will have a new body. The resurrection will take place when Jesus comes back. Jesus has conquered death. He is the first to rise from the dead and at His coming the dead in Christ shall be raised with their new resurrection body.

What will our new bodies be like? Paul raised the same question when he wrote to the Corinthians [1 Cor.15:35]. Our new body will not be able to perish. Our new body will be like Jesus’ glorious body [Philippians 3:21; see also 1 Cor.15:49]. After the resurrection Jesus was different and sometimes was not recognized but he was also recognizable. Our body will be different from our present body but we will also be recognizable and we will still have our own personalities and individualities, but these will be perfected through Christ’s work.

The laws of nature will not limit our new body. Those who struggle with pain, physical limitations, or disabilities can have a wonderful hope in the resurrection. Our new body will be spiritual and thus not subject to the laws of nature. They will be permanent, not be weak, never get sick and never die.

In the Garden of Eden Adam was clothed with glory and honor [Psalm 8:5; Hebrews 2:7]. When Adam sinned the glory left him and he was naked. In our new body we shall be clothed with glory. We shall have a glorious body like Christ’s body.

This will be for all who belong to Jesus. Those who died in the Lord and those who are still alive when he comes and are caught up to meet with Him in the air. Catch something of the wonder and triumph of these words: “We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” [1 Corinthians 15:51-52]