The Overcomer's New
Body of Dignity and Honor

The Glorious Resurrected Body

Dan Corner

One of the great blessings that will happen to the righteous dead, though little spoken of, is the new dignified physical body -- similar in appearance, yet much unlike the one we now have. The overcoming Christian will get a glorified, imperishable and immortal body like the one the resurrected Lord Jesus has (Phil 3:21). It will never age, get sick, be injured or die (Lk. 20:36; 1 Cor. 15:53). It will be a tangible body of flesh and bones (Lk. 24:39 cf. Phil. 3:21).

With that type of body the Lord Jesus entered a room with locked doors, without going through that door (Jn. 20:19) and ate the same kind of food we do now (Lk. 24:42,43). His body is also adapted to heaven, for he is seated at the right side of the heavenly Father reigning with him in his resurrected flesh and bone, glorified body (Acts 7:55,56; Heb. 1:3; etc.).

The Mystery at the Last Trumpet

At the point of the rapture -- when the righteous dead are reunited with the righteous living -- (1 Thess. 4:17; Mk. 13:24-27; 1 Cor. 15:51,52; Rev. 11:15-18) also called the first resurrection (Rev. 20:5,6), the righteous dead will get their new physical dignified body first, then the righteous living will get theirs, never to die again:
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed -- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." (1 Cor 15:51-54)
There it states our resurrected body of dignity and honor will be

There is NO Once Saved Always Saved

Our New Body Will Be Like Jesus' Glorious Body

Phil. 3:20,21 is key to understanding our glorious new body:
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (Phil 3:20,21)
The body we now have is described as a lowly (Gr: humiliated; low estate) body. In contrast, we are getting a glorious body in a twinkling of an eye at the Rapture. Imagine no more migraines, back aches, stomach aches, ear aches, pain of any other type, lack of energy, blindness, hearing problems, nausea, injuries, insomnia, etc. Our new bodies will be strong, healthy, immortal and glorified forever. The Greek for glorious means it will be a body of: Imagine that. Remember that truth. It will be by Jesus' power that we get that body of dignity and honor (Phil. 3:20,21), which will never die and which we know little about, but the little is so thrilling, especially if you are suffering in your body. It is also by Jesus' sin sacrifice and when he was marred beyond human likeness that we can even qualify. It's all about JESUS, the great God and Savior (Titus 2:13, Greek).

Jesus' Resurrected Body Has the Scars of Calvary

After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (John 20:20)
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." (John 20:27)
Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have. (Luke 24:39)
To Thomas and others, Jesus offered as proof of his own bodily resurrection the scars of his crucifixion. Forever, the overcomers will be reminded of the horrible price the King paid to redeem us, as the slain and sacrificed lamb of God.

For the Lord Jesus the scars of Calvary have a significant meaning, but why should our bodies have scars too? My guess is: It really serves no purpose, unless they are scars which occurred through persecutions when serving God, as with Paul (2 Cor. 11:24-28 cf. Gal. 6:17), but again we don't know that. If that is the case, certainly the martyrs would qualify and their scars would be a type of badge of honor for them in God's kingdom, (but again we don't know).

Also, Jesus' resurrected body was similar in appearance to his mortal body, for he was recognized by those who knew him:

Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him (Mat 28:9).
At a different occasion, first the disciples were kept from recognizing him (Luke 24:15,16), but when their eyes were opened, they recognized him immediately (Luke 24:31).

So again, Jesus' resurrected and glorified body of flesh and bones appeared like the one nailed to the cross. Luke 24:31 also states he disappeared from their sight. His glorified body vanished from them. Imagine that! Furthermore, we read:

Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country (Mark 16:12).
What a different form means is beyond our understanding at this point. It is another bible mystery. Then we also have this verse, which is similar to Phil. 3:21:
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:2).
We shall be like Jesus in that we too will have a glorified body like his. Wow! A glorified imperishable physical body of dignity and honor, similar yet different and much better to our lowly bodies now. We'll be children of the resurrection and can no longer die (Luke 20:36)!

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there,
the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (Phil 3:20,21)

To Be Worthy of Jesus

Saints, when the devil tries to discourage and beat you down, ponder these truths. That will be reality for YOU, if you die with a pure heart (Mt. 5:8; Rev. 21:27) that is worthy of Jesus:
But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection. (Luke 20:35,36)
For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- a man's enemies will be the members of his own household. Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Mat 10:35-38)
Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. (Rev 3:4,5)
You can make Paradise just like all the others who have! We all have access to the same grace and mercy from God that the ones there did. Make sure you forgive everyone who has ever sinned against you, so your sins will be forgiven (Mt. 6:14,15) and guard your words very carefully (James 1:26,27; Mt. 10:33; 12:37; Rev. 21:8; etc.). Be quick to repent. To acknowledge Jesus before others will get you acknowledged before the Father (Mt. 10:32). The significance of that is not known, but certainly is weighty. So keep soul winning and spreading the word of God for your sake (Philemon 6; Jn. 20:21; etc.) and the lost around you. Endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 2:3). Make your life count for God. Shine your light everywhere. Live in light of your own certain upcoming death.

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