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Our Resurrection Body

1 Corinthians 15:35-49

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can also download our service at Baptist-Christian at iTunes. On this, and every, Easter Sunday Christians celebrate God’s proof that Christ’s defeated death! That proof is His visible, bodily resurrection from the dead. To believe otherwise is to deny Scripture (See verses 12-19 of this passage). Once a person believes the truth of the resurrection event, questions often begin to arise concerning our resurrection bodies. Scripture has some very clear teachings concerning

  1. THE WAITING PERIOD. Read 2 Cor. 5:1-10. It’s passages like this where we must be willing to follow Prov. 2:1-4 and settle down and dig in to understand. In this life God provides every person opportunities to be saved from eternal separation from Him through salvation in Christ. One blessing of our salvation is spending eternity with God in His heaven. This life is part of a waiting period where our physical bodies must suffer the ravages of sin and its effects. The other part of the waiting period is between physical death and physical resurrection of our bodies. Even though our souls go immediately into Christ’s presence at our death, they long to be reunited with our physical body. That reunion happens at the resurrection. In a very broad sense that principle is a summary of 2 Cor. 5:1-10. Now let’s turn to
  2. BIBLICAL EVIDENCE FOR BODILY RESURRECTION. Scripture provides over- whelming evidence for a bodily resurrection. It’s taught in passages like Gen. 22:2-5; Job. 19:25-27; Ps. 16:8-11; Isa. 26:19 and Dan. 12:2. In the NT Matt. 22:29-32-; John 5:28-29; 11:23-26; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 20:4-6 teach there will be a bodily resurrection.
  3. OUR RESURRECTION BODIES.  Once we get this far and accept the truth of Scripture concerning bodily resurrection, the question is often asked, “What will our eternal bodies look like?”
  1. Scripture teaches they will be the bodies we have now – Matt. 28:9; Luke 24:29-43; John 20:26-27 all teach Jesus had the same body after death as before.
  2. Scripture also teaches our resurrection bodies are material bodies. The above Scriptures plus Luke 24:5 and 1 Cor. 15:42 verify that our resurrection body is the same one that is sown in death! Also see Phil 3:17-21 and 1John 3:1-3.
  3. Our resurrection bodies will be immortal! Read 1Cor. 15:50-53. Notice here our physical resurrection body is changed from mortal to immortal, but not from material to immaterial!
  4. Our resurrection bodies will also be glorious as we saw earlier in Phil 3:21. It would not be unlike God to share with us in heaven His own radiance!
  5. There are those who believe our resurrection bodies will have supernatural powers. Remember when Jesus suddenly appeared in the upper room after His resurrection (Acts 1)? That was Jesus, not us! Our resurrection bodies will be immortal and eternal so when we eat we will do so, not for nourishment, but for pure pleasure and celebration! What a great thought.
  6. We can rejoice that our eternal life is secure with Christ and our eternity will be spent in glorious resurrection bodies that are immortal, eternal and material temples that will forever celebrate and rejoice in unbroken fellowship with each other and our Savior!

If we can help you with questions about this other any other spiritual matter, call us at (574) 643-9419.

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