In my present condition, very much aware that the outward man is fading away I find myself thinking ahead to the resurrection body and in particular what the bible teaches concerning this. You may think that our knowledge is limited on this subject but sovereign as well as wise God has revealed all we need to know. We are told that despite going to the grave… as each of us must, our bodies are sown a natural body but raised a spiritual body and I find this both exciting and comforting. Death is the seed the resurrection the flower! This is enough to deaden my ongoing fear. The great apostle asks the rhetorical question. ‘ Death where is thy victory, grave where is thy sting?’ Jesus died and rose again so he has defeated the grave on our behalf.
The great promise of God in Christ is that on death our souls go immediately to heaven but at the final resurrection our bodies will raised be changed and we will share in the glory of the Saviour’s resurrection. EXCITING… THRILLING… With God forever. Job stated with confidence that even after the worms of this earth destroy his mortal body yet in his resurrection body he would see God!
As a young boy I must have either read 1Cor 15 or heard a sermon on the bodily resurrection of believers because I had a vivid picture in my mind’s eye of the local graveyard giving up the dead. Later as a young man I wondered how this was possible knowing that molecules from past generations must find there way into our bodies; what about a body totally destroyed through cremation? “God is the God of the impossible” was the standard answer, then along came DNA mapping and talk at least, of man being able to bring back extinct animal species. In my lifetime, time and time again science has helped verify many of the great but doubted and maligned principles laid out in scripture. It now seems so easy for the creator to have that unique DNA and bring it back in glorified form. This final resurrection is either implied or talked about in the 66 books of the bible.
So I look forward considering the great assurance that I will not be left in the grave just as psalm16 prophesied boldly that the Saviour would rise bodily having conquered death.