The Promise of a New Body


In the same way, our earthly bodies which die and decay are different from the bodies we shall have when we come back to life again, for they will never die. The bodies we have now embarrass us, for they become sick and die; but they will be full of glory when we come back to life again. Yes, they are weak, dying bodies now, but when we live again they will be full of strength. They are just human bodies at death, but when they come back to life they will be superhuman bodies.— 1 Corinthians 15:42-44

You will have a new body in heaven.

If you were disabled on earth, you won’t be disabled in heaven. If your body on earth was broken by the ravages of age or disease, that won’t be the case in your heavenly Father’s house.

The Bible says that our resurrection bodies will resemble the resurrection body of Christ. Think of it! In 1 John 3:2 we read, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

What were the differences between the resurrection body of Jesus and the body that was put to death on the cross? When Jesus walked among us on this earth, He voluntarily exposed Himself to the limitations of humanity. Just like everyone else, He got sleepy, thirsty, tired, and hungry. In His resurrected body there were similarities to the old body but major differences too.

His disciples recognized Him, and yet . . . something in them wondered, Is it really You, Lord?

But then again, He could do things He never did in His old body. He would suddenly appear in a room without using a door. And we also know that Jesus ascended through the air, higher and higher, until He disappeared from sight into the clouds. Will we be able to move around like that in our new bodies?

No one can say for sure, but we can know this. The Bible says that “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Radio Program: “Greg Laurie Interviews Dr. James Dobson — I”
TV Program: “The Pursuit of Happiness, Part 2”
Bible Reading: Ezekiel 15-16, Psalm 70,Revelation 6

Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.


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