Apr 20, 2017 by Will Maule

Four Incredible Changes Christian's Will Experience In Their Resurrection Body

Have you ever wondered what your resurrection body will be like? When we see limits in our own physicality; be it sickness or sin, we may pine after our new and glorious body that is to come. But what form will it take? Well, Colin Smith at Crosswalk highlights 4 key elements of a resurrected body. 

1. Imperishable
"So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. (1 Corinthians 15:42). Lazarus was raised from the dead (John 11), but the body he came back in was the same body, not a resurrection body, which meant that at some point he would have to go through the whole miserable business of dying again! But Jesus rose in the power of an endless life (Hebrews 7:16), and he’s never going to go through death again, and neither will you in the resurrection."

2. Glorious
"It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. (1 Corinthians 15:43). Think about the face of Moses, when he came down the mountain after he had been in the presence of God. His face was shining. Why? Because he had been in the presence of the Lord of Glory. Think about the transfiguration of Jesus: He goes up the mountain with Peter, James, and John, and their faith was strengthened with a preview of the future glory of Jesus! There was a brightness and a radiance about him. And there will be a brightness, a radiance, and a glory, not only around you, but in you (in the resurrection body)."

3. Powerful
"It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. (1 Corinthians 15:43). The [resurrection] body is going to have more energy, more physical capability, more stamina, more athleticism, more speed, more coordination, more durability than it ever had because we’re not going to need the body less, we’re going to need it more and use it more. Think about what this will mean for all of our friends who have been restricted to wheelchairs, or have physical challenges that have restricted their lives in this world. What will it mean when finally and fully Jesus’ words will come true in all of their fullness? The blind will see, the deaf will hear, and the lame will walk."

4. Godly
"It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:44). I use the word “godly” here, because the word “spiritual” is often misunderstood. A “spiritual” body! What is that?  That doesn’t sound like a body in which you could go bungee jumping, snorkeling, or snowboarding! The resurrection body is a physical, material, flesh-and-bones body. When Paul speaks about a spiritual body, he’s speaking about a body that is fully responsive to the Holy Spirit. That is a marvelous thought! In the resurrection body, you will never feel or think or say, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Your resurrected body will be as eager to do the will of God as your redeemed spirit."

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