"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
I promise to keep it short and sweet today. With the subject area we are about to embark upon on, you will hope I do at least. I am pretty excited about what my youngest son achieved today. He told his mommy that he needed to do a number two in the potty, which he never used to do. Why would I broadcast such an awesome achievement you ask? I have to answer a question with a question in this scenario. So I ask you, have you ever purchased pull-ups? If you have you would know they cost more than a week’s groceries for a college kid. Not to mention, a little bit of new found freedom in the fact that we don’t have to make trash dumpster visits every time the little guy goes. He also really smells, so now we can contain the odor. LOL. You are probably wondering why somebody would dare make this the topic of a ministry blog, but this even symbolizes far greater subjects than just human waste. It realty highlights a topic that God has placed on my heart to bring to light in the last few days. No. It’s not about the water in Flint Michigan or feces in the rivers at the Rio Olympics.Nor is this about an heir to the porcelain throne. It has to do with the eternal state of our bodies.
I used to wonder what would happen to our clothes if we went to heaven. Would we be dressed like all the pictures you see drawn of Jesus? Would we wear robes of sackcloth and tear them when upset? The worse thought I ever had was when I watched the Left Behind series on film and all the people’s clothes were left in their place. I thought to myself, “Oh my goodness, God took them to Heaven naked! That’s pretty embarrassing.” I also used to wonder what kinds of food they would serve or we would cook. Another common question was, what kind of bathroom facilities Heaven would have. Would it be an outhouse like America in 1930’s, or the new motion detected toilets like you see at all those fancy government buildings? These questions are not silly and they represent a serious question for us all biblically. So what does really happen to our physical bodies when you get resurrected? What should we be prepared for physically in heaven? At SCM, we believe that the Word of God contains all the answers to these questions whether literally addressed or by insinuation of God’s Word. Let’s take a moment and see what the scriptures have to say about our flesh body after death.
Will we have physical bodies in the resurrection and millennial kingdom? According to scripture and the Apostle Paul we will (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). Not only will our souls be resurrected, but we will have physical bodies to house them. To deny our bodily resurrection, would be equivalent to denying the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ according to verses 12 and 13. To what degree will our bodies be like those we have now? It is clear that in Luke 24:39-40, that Jesus had the scars and markings from the crucifixion on his resurrected body because He showed the marks to the Disciples. What we have been told according to the scripture is that we will possess glorified bodies. The “glorified” bodies should still be a physical presence that you can touch, but with adaptations that will be necessary for heavenly presence and movement.
The Bible tends to not discuss many of the mundane humanly needs such as human waste, bodily maintenance, and basic hygiene. This may be in part because these things were simply drawbacks from the curse of death and sin. It is obvious according to 1 Corinthians chapter 15 that we will have a body which is nearly the same as our natural bodies of earth, but also glorified and altered for heaven. The needs for basic human life will be highly altered as we will not need to cope with the burdens of the “fall” any longer. Things such as human waste, bodily secretions, and hygiene I believe will be non-existent. Many secretions were due to reproduction, disease, allergy, and sickness as part of the curse from the Garden. Where we are headed (if you are indeed going to heaven) will not be any hard labor, pain, or sadness (Revelation 21:1-5). While we don’t know how many of the pleasures we enjoy here on earth will be in heaven, we can count of heaven being an awesome place regardless. It would be interesting to know whether I can enjoy a nice warm meal there, but I can wait for that answer on the day that I receive that glorified body with the perfected understanding of God’s will.
The Bible is pretty clear regarding clothing in heaven. Many believe that we will go to the same state as Adam and Eve being naked in the Garden, but the scripture tells us another perspective. Many of the Angels, Jesus, and God the Father are described in scripture as being clothed such as Matthew 28:3. After all, the idea of clothing and garments had to originate from somewhere. God had molded man out of the clay dirt of the earth and I am sure that covering it was probably the least of his worries at that time prior to the curse. It is plausible to believe that He probably admired His creation as an artist admires paintwork as man did not yet have any blemishes. Many “holy garments” were used in ceremonial events held in the Tabernacle and Temple. This gives a good clue as to what may be present in the heavenly realms. I pray this post gets you thinking about what to expect in Glory. Until then stay hungry and diligent for the Lord’s work and God Bless
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1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (KJV)
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Luke 24:39-40 (KJV)
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
1 Corinthians 15:40-54 (NIV)
40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[a]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man,so shall we[b] bear the image of the heavenly man.
50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 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. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 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.”[c]
Revelation 21:1-5 (KJV)
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Matthew 28:3 (KJV)
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: