Session 16: Resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.
The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, Gods only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father,and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. AMEN.
Resurrection of the Body OT “And many of those who sleep in thedust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt”. Daniel 12:2
Resurrection of the Body NT20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord JesusChrist, 21 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. Philippians 3
Am I going to be taller?• Well...maybe a little. – Through sanctification God has and is renewing the spiritual parts of our being. – When we are risen by Christ from the dead, God renews the physical parts of our being. – BOTTOM LINE: God’s gift to you is the perfect you...whatever that looks like!
The Resurrection Body 1 Corinthians 15 35-38Some skeptic is sure to ask, "Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this resurrection body look like?" If you look at this question closely, you realize how absurd it is. There are no diagrams for this kind of thing. We do have a parallel experience in gardening. You plant a "dead" seed; soon there is a flourishing plant. There is no visual likeness between seed and plant. You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking ata tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it dont look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different. And were only looking at pre-resurrection "seeds"—who can imagine what the resurrection "plants" will be like!
42-44This image of planting a dead seed and raising a live plant is a mere sketch at best, but perhaps it will help in approaching the mystery of the resurrection body—but only if you keep in mind that when wereraised, were raised for good, alive forever! The corpse thats planted is no beauty, but when its raised, its glorious. Put in the ground weak, it comes uppowerful. The seed sown is natural; the seed grown is supernatural—same seed, same body, but what a difference from when it goes down in physical mortality to when it is raised up in spiritual immortality!
Resurrection of the body.• For those who suffer physically or are in some way disabled, this is truly joyful news.
And the Life Everlasting•Then I saw a new heaven and anew earth..And I heard a loudvoice from the throne saying,“Behold, the dwelling place of Godis with man. He will dwell withthem, and they will be his people,and God himself will be with themas their God”...the Lord God willbe their light, and they will reignforever and ever.
Life Everlasting• Not JUST everlasting life (demons and those who are not in Christ get that too) but eternal joy and peace and fellowship with Jesus.
Life Everlasting• What will it be like? What will we do? – Worship, praise, live in fellowship with Christ and the host of heaven. – Beyond that, we really don’t know.• What we do know is that those who enter heaven will not want for anything. – All our heart’s desires will be fulfilled. There will be NO felt needs or longings. – What we will actually want once we get there is hard to say.
Review• Will we have “bodies” in heaven? Explain• The gift of eternity is more than just eternity. Explain.