Monday, October 06, 2008

Resurrection Body

From Blog08

The bodies we have are the bodies we'll get,
Though they'll be transformed to what we've not seen yet.
They'll be re-assembled from ashes to bones,
Corpuscles springing from dust under stones,
Stomachs and livers and muscles with might,
Bones re-connected to dance in God's light.
Every detail renewed--us, the same,
Us, but transformed in Christ's powerful name.

Listen! I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.

--1 Corinthians 15:51-52, HCSB

Note: For many centuries, the Church has taught "the resurrection of the body." In the USA these days, may seem to believe not in the resurrection of the body, but in some form of reincarnation. They don't believe that the dead bodies of believers will be resurrected. They believe dead Christians will receive entirely new bodies. However, the Bible teaches that the body that dies is the body that rises, yet it is transformed, as a seed is transformed when it sprouts.


Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

The four last things—death, judgment, heaven and hell—as they were enumerated in the olden days in the Catholic West mysteriously omitted mention of the resurrection of the body, even though that point was recited every time one of the creeds was said.

The children's version of Christianity is that if we're good and believe in Jesus, we'll go to heaven when we die; and if we're bad, well, we'll go to that "other place."

It's amazing how in all churches, even in mine, though the truth is there in the Word of God for all of us, and in the creeds and other writings for some of us, the resurrection of the body is as well hidden from us as anyone could wish.

Granted, it's a mystery, but the plain words of scripture (there I go again, rightly accused by Orthodox zealots of being a closet Protestant—hey, forget that! I'm an unashamed evangelical!), the plain words of scripture, as I say, give us enough to hope in but not enough to waste time speculating about.

We're talking "human," remember, is what I tell people who challenge me on this or that fine point of things that God has chosen to veil us from. The human language has not the depth and breadth, nor the human mind the holding places for the kind of knowledge about these things, until all is renewed in the resurrection.

Yes, "farther along we'll know all about it…"

Anyway, brother, I read your wonderful poems and thoughts, but don't often leave a comment, so here's one today.

Good poem, good testimony, as always. Keep reminding us of the simplicity and beauty there is in knowing the Lord, and being known by Him.

Jim Swindle said...

Thank you for your wise thoughts and for your encouraging words.