But what does that mean? Aren't we all just going to be spirits floating around in heaven playing harps? Yet, I ask you, is that what happened to Jesus after he rose from the dead?. No! Scripture says that Jesus was the first of a new type of resurrected being.
But the fact is that Christ (the Messiah) has been raised from the dead, and He became the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep [in death]. . . .But each in his own rank and turn: Christ the firstfruits, then those who are Christ’s [own will be resurrected] at His coming. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 Amplified
Perishable and decay Immune to decay, Immortal
Dishonor and Humiliation Honor and Glory
Sick and Weak Strength and Power
Purely a Physical Body Now a Spiritual Body
The body that is sown is perishable and decays, but the body that is resurrected is imperishable (immune to decay, immortal). It is sown in dishonor and humiliation; it is raised in honor and glory. It is sown in infirmity and weakness; it is resurrected in strength and endued with power. It is sown a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body. 1 Corinthians 15 v 42-44 Amp.
Okay, where do I sign up?? And when will this happen? When Christ comes back for his Bride at the Rapture.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the sound of the last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead in Christ will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed transformed. v 52
Along those lines, I've often wondered whether we will be able to sin in these new bodies. I mean, I'm sure God still gives us free will, right? He doesn't want us to be puppets. But it kinda scares me to think that I could do something stupid and lose my position with God. The Bible doesn't speak about this yet it does promise that those of us who believed in Jesus in this age will rule and reign and be with God forever and ever. It doesn't say "as long as you don't do xyz" and it doesn't say that only some of us will be with God forever, so I have to believe that our new bodies made of heavenly material will have no proclivity for sin. In other words, sin will hold no allure for us, no attraction. We won't sin because we simply won't want to sin.
Let's look at some things Jesus could do with His new body.
|I have this painting in my house!!|
- Walk through walls
- Transport himself from one place to another quickly (Philip also did this by the power of the Spirit)
- Eat !!! (My personal favorite)
- He was recognizable, yet different (Many scholars believe this difference was because before His ascension back to Heaven, Jesus was not fully glorified.) However we know we will recognize people in eternity from several Scriptures. One in Luke 16 where Lazarus recognized Abraham and another in Acts 7 where Stephen recognized Jesus standing beside God in Heaven while he was being stoned.
- Fly up to heaven ( I like to think we'll be able to fly through space!!)
- Speak/Converse/Hang out with friends.
Think about it, for all eternity, we will not grow old, we will not get tired, we will not get sick. We will have incredible strength and power. We will be indestructible. And most important of all, we will have unending, close fellowship with God the Father!
I don't know about you, but I'm heading outside to look up into the sky! "for your redemption is drawing near"! Luke 21:28