WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
|Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.|
—1 John 3:2
There is some confusion among Christians as to what our bodies will be like in heaven. Two-thirds of Americans who believe in the resurrection of the dead also believe they will not have bodies after the resurrection. But that is not the case. We will have real bodies.
The resurrection of Jesus assures me that I will receive a new body just like His. The apostle John wrote, “Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is” (1 John 3:2).
So when Jesus rose again from the dead, was He in a real body? Yes, it was a real body. Remember, He appeared to Thomas and essentially said, “Hey, you see the wounds. Touch them” (see John 20:27). Jesus ate a piece of fish as well. That is very much a physical action.
Granted, Jesus could do some cool stuff, like appear in a room without using a door. And He also could ascend to heaven. “Well, how did He pull that off?” you might ask. I don’t know. But our bodies will be like His in the resurrected state.
Job said, “And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God!” (Job 19:26).
When you get to heaven, you still will be you, but you will be the upgraded version of you. You are going to be you, perfected—not flawed. My personality and your personality still will be intact, without the sinful tendencies. And then, when we come back to earth in our new bodies, we will rule and reign with Christ. This is all because of the resurrection of Jesus.
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