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Will I Have A Body In Heaven?

Jesus had been functioning in both the earthly and the spiritual realms throughout His life—walking on water and being transfigured on the mountain when Peter, James and John beheld Him conversing with Moses and Elijah. (Mark 9:1-8) When Jesus was transfigured [metamorphosed], His whole being became suffused with a radiance and brightness that was not of this world. (Mark 9:3) Something of that glorious brightness will radiate from our heavenly bodies, too. But Jesus still looked like Jesus.

The bodies that we will have after death will not be made of flesh and blood, but they will be stunningly more attractive than our earthly bodies in the same way that flowers are more beautiful than the seeds from which they came. (1 Corinthians 15:37) As opposed to being perishable—like gallons of milk with expiration dates—our spirit bodies will remain constantly fresh. Our heavenly bodies will never be “getting along in years” or getting old. They will be constantly renewed. Earthly bodies develop toward maturity, then begin to wear out. Aging on earth is synonymous with wrinkling, stooping, graying and growing increasingly feeble. No such process will exist in Heaven. Earthly bodies, which encase the essence of our person hood that God forms in our mothers’ womb, start very small (as babies) so that they can fit in wombs. Nobody gets born in Heaven, so no one will need to be that young! We will all have been made perfect (complete) in Heaven, and that implies mature.

Our heavenly bodies will bear testimony to the truth about God and His way. Our current bodies of flesh set themselves against the Spirit, and so often oppose God. (Romans 8:1-8 and Galatians 5:16-17) They carry the imprint of Adam and Eve’s sin. Instead of being born in the dishonor of Adam’s sin, our heavenly bodies will be living displays to commemorate Jesus’ obedience. Our heavenly bodies will not fight against God’s way for us, they will work for us to accomplish His plans.

And on an especially positive note, our heavenly bodies will not lose steam late at night, and they will not have trouble getting going in the morning. Here on earth the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Mark 14:38) Our earthly bodies are feeble, frail and susceptible to every manner of sickness and temptation. Headaches, a broken foot, or a bout with the stomach flu quickly convince us that our made-of-clay bodies are a force to reckon with. Our bodies resist, demand, expand and break down. Our heavenly bodies, on the other hand, will be a miraculous power supply aiding us in our spiritual lives. They will be like fuel tanks or extra battery packs that actually add vitality to our souls/spirits, rather than depleting them.


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About the Author: Daniel A. Brown, PhD, planted The Coastlands, a church near Santa Cruz, California, serving as Senior Pastor for 22 years. Daniel has authored four books and numerous articles, but he is best-known for the sorts of resources that help local church leaders excel in their spiritual assignment. For more about Daniel Brown, see his ministry resources website: CTW. Facebook. Twitter.

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