“For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:53)
Yesterday, we saw that physical death does not interrupt eternal life. However, this does not mean that our bodies have nothing to do with God’s future! When Jesus returns to judge humanity and to create a new earth, our bodies will be raised as well. They will be transformed to be like Christ’s glorious body after his resurrection. They will be immortal and imperishable.
The apostle Paul compares this to the sowing of a seed: our mortal bodies are sown in weakness and dishonor — as we can all testify if we have ever attended a funeral. There is nothing glorious about a dead and decaying body. But this is not the end! Our bodies will be raised in glory and be re-united with our spirits to live forever on God’s new earth.
‘Eternal life’ is not something purely spiritual. It is true that our spirits will be in heaven until the end of the present age, but that’s only a half-way station, in a manner of speaking. We will not spend eternity with God as spirits only, but as people with a renewed body and a purified spirit.
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