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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Assurance of a new glorified body!

Edward F. Lundwall, Jr.

The Sixth Triumph of Christ's Resurrection:
Assurance of a new glorified body!

The story is told that once a little boy approached his mother about the Genesis 3:19 which states “. . . the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” He asked if that was true. Thinking that this would be an opportunity to teach extend her son’s understanding of scripture, she responded, “Well, yes. God made us from the elements found in dust of the earth, and when we die, our bodies decay back into the elements of the earth again. Why do you ask?” The boy simply replied, “Well, there is someone coming or going under my bed!” Indeed, without Christ’s physical resurrection, the only physical future of humanity was to simply rot away while the spiritually lasting parts of our soul in whatever physical manifestation might be granted our unique selves, must endure the sufferings of Hell (Rev. 20:11-15).

However, now because of Christ’s physical resurrection, believers can look forward to having a resurrected physical body similar to Christ after He rose from the dead, one in which he was recognizable, cooked and served fish to his friends on the beach, taught and comforted, transported from one place to another, and was taken up into heaven in the front of many witnesses. What an incredible triumph he has promised to share with us!

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first" (1 Thes. 4:16). "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" (1 John 3:2). First Corinthians 15:47-49 states, "The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly."

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