A Glorified BodyBro. David Chancellor
8/24/2008 6:00 PM
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile; For there is no respect of persons with God.
It should concern us that our walk is with God and that it is what God would have it to be. The word is given to benefit us each individually. "Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life" We desire to walk with God and have eternal life. Jesus came so that we could have these very things. We’re looking forward to something that is ahead. There’s still something ahead for the people of God to look forward to. It goes beyond what we have today.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectations of the creature waiteth for the manifestations of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
As the children of God, we’ll participate in something together with Christ. Salvation is glorious, but we’re looking forward to the new body. This body we have now wears out. One day the body will be redeemed and changed to something new. In that body, we’ll be able to understand more and grasp the fullness of God. That body won’t have the limitations of this one. It will be an eternal being.
1 Corinthians 15:19-23
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
If we could only enjoy Christ here, that would be an awfully limited thing. When this life ends, we’ll get to enjoy God’s presence even if everything isn’t complete at that point. When Jesus comes, a change will happen and we’ll be given a different body.
1 John 3:1-3
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God; therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." We don’t know yet what we shall be, but we’ll be like Christ when he comes back. We’ll get a body like his. Jesus’ body was different and we can’t explain how it works, but we’ll be like him when he comes again. When we think about this, we want to live in such a way as to be like him in life and character down here.
1 John 4:16-17
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
He’s already worked on our spirit to make it like him, but he’s going to give us a body like his. It will be a glorified body that will enjoy the presence of God.
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Our focus is on heaven. As Christians, we believe that Jesus is coming back. "Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself." He will change our frail bodies to be like the body Jesus has. It will be able to last eternity without getting tired. He will make us into heavenly beings. We’ll enjoy heaven and the presence of God. Keep on keeping on until you get there.
1 Corinthians 15:51-58
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
This is a mystery that can’t be explained, except that we’ll all be changed. All who go to heaven will be given a glorified body, whether we face death or not. A person that is walking with God doesn’t have to fear death. It would just be going on to something better. There’s a limit to how much of God’s goodness we can bear now. Our bodies can only take so much. "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." Being faithful to God has a big reward ahead. It is the hope of the righteous. It keeps you going. We’re not home yet. Don’t let anything turn you aside from following Christ. We’ve just been given a taste of what’s ahead for us.