What Will Become of Our Body at the Resurrection?

When we are resurrected, what will become of our body? (Matthew 22:30)

We’ve learned that we were the sons of God, the spiritual beings like angels, before we were born into this sinful world.

Even Christ, who preexisted as the Creator (John 1:1-3), was born as a man; He departed this life by dying on the cross and again became the Ruler of the whole universe. How much more can the holy people of heaven be born as ordinary men and restored to their previous state by rising from the dead owing to the grace of Christ?

The life of Jesus, both before and after His life on earth, clearly shows our life before and after this life. Jesus preexisted as the Spirit from the beginning of time. He was once born of Mary’s flesh. However, when He died on the cross, His spirit separated from His body and continued to live, awaiting the morning of His resurrection. Jesus’ spirit never stopped existing. Likewise, when we die, our spirit will be separated from our body and will rest in paradise until the time of our resurrection. Before we came to this sinful world, we lived happily as spirits before the glorious throne of Jesus. However, by committing sin we came into this sinful world and were born of the flesh; losing the ability to fly freely, we are living the life of a prisoner.

By studying Jesus; life, before and after His earthly life, we can understand the life of ours, because Jesus is just like us in spirit and in body. If we were not like Him, we wouldn’t be able to go to heaven. The difference between Jesus and us is that He is God and we are His children. Just like Him, our spirit is immutable.

Then, was Jeus resurrected as the immutable being that He had been long before coming into this world? Or was He resurrected with a body as a souvenir of this world? If He had not returned to His original state of being, He would not be immutable. Christ, the Son of God, is always the same (Hebrews 13:8). If He were changeable, He would not be immortal.

It is nearly impossible to estimate the age of the universe. Christ, who has the power to create the infinite universe, came into this world in the flesh. Some say that Jesus returned to heaven in His body of flesh or with His divine nature changed. Such people show that they do not understand the divinity of Jesus Christ.

After Jesus resurrected, He appeared to His disciples in bodily form, so that they might believe His resurrection. Christ appeared as a man like one of us. He appeared to Saul with a light brighter than the noonday sun on the road to Damascus (Acts 22:6). When He appeared to the Apostle John on the Island of Patmos, “His eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters” (Revelation 1:12-16). So Apostle Paul said, “He is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). Thus, the resurrection of Jesus Christ means His being restored to His glorious image as God Himself, which no one can see. When Christ came into this world, He took flesh through the virgin Mary. And when He departed, He took off the robe of flesh and resurrected into the Godhead (Revelation 1:12-20).

Some may ask, “If Jesus; resurrection means His restoration to the original state, what about His body?” In studying this matter, we should first understand the mighty power of the Creator.

When the Lord appeared to Abraham in physical form, not in a vision, Abraham served God some curds, milk and the tender calf dish. Then God and two angels, who appeared as men, ate the food and left him (Genesis 18:1-4). It was neither a vision nor a revelation that Abraham saw. God is spirit, not flesh. In the power of the Creator, the invisible God made Himself visible to Abraham. God can create something out of nothing and change something into nothing. Jesus’ body at the time of His resurrection is preserved by His power.

For all that, we do not deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus. We just testify to the power of Jesus’ resurrection. Like Jesus, we took off our angelic garments and put on flesh through women, when we came to this sinful world because of our sin committed in heaven. However, if we are saved from this sinful world by the grace of Christ, even though our body dies, our spirit will take off our robe of flesh and wear the robe of Christ and rest in the heavenly paradise for the time being. And when Jesus come, we also will be bodily resurrected. Just as God appeared to Abraham in flesh, we will be able to put on flesh or take it off.

It is true that there will be the resurrection of our body. Our flesh and blood will be transformed into a perfect body — which is the angelic robe (I Corinthians 15:50-54).

Some think that marriage life and family system on earth will continue into the kingdom of heaven. However, such a system does not exist in heaven. If the earthly family system continued to exist in heaven, Jesus who is our example would have the same family that He had on earth; Mary would be His mother and His physical brothers would be His own brothers in heaven, too. However, Jesus didn’t call them His mother and brothers even on this earth (Luke 8:19-21, Matthew 10:35-36, Matthew 23:9, I Corinthians 7:8).

If earthly marriage continued in heaven, how lonely would single people be in the everlasting kingdom? If it were, it would be better to marry during this life. However, there is no marriage or family system in heaven; all of us are the sons of God like angels, and among ourselves we have brotherhood and friendship (Matthew 23:8-9).

In this world, we become children or parents according to the flesh and blood. But such a relationship no more exists after this life. We will all be equaland fair in our judgement. In our earthly life, we feel happy if our family members are saved. But actually, we do not clearly know who our enemies are and who our benefactors are among our family members, until we go to heaven. Of course, we have a responsibility for the salvation of our family while we live in this world. However, in heaven we will not feel sorry about any other person, because the unforgivable sin he had committed before he was born into the world will be laid bare. Rather, all the saved will praise and thank God who judges all righteously (Revelation 19:1-5).

If we were sorry for our unsaved relatives in heaven where we cannot hide our conscience, would we be able to praise God, who judges each person according to his deeds? If we grieve over our unsaved parents or children, we become complainers against God, who judges justly; though we praise God, He will not be pleased. In conclusion, our resurrection does not mean a resurrection of flesh and blood, but a restoration to our original state as angels (Matthew 22:30, Mark 12:25, Luke 20:36). Our body will be perfectly changed.

So far, we’ve studied the principles of the soul through many verses to confirm its fundamentals. And I hope that all readers wil receive the gospel of Jesus Christ and be cleansed by His blood shed on the cross and RETURN to the heavenly country you left.

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