"Behold I tell you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but we shall 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 imperishable, and we will be changed," says 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.
In these verses, Paul is saying some of us will still be alive when Christ comes and some will be asleep, having already died, but all will be changed.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 gives us the specific order of the events. The dead in Christ, born-again Christians who have passed away, will rise first. Then those who are alive when Christ returns will join them in the air, and they will be instantaneously changed.
An overwhelming number of Bible theologians believe many of us will still be alive when Christ returns for the believers at the rapture. Bible prophesy points to the return of Christ as sooner than you could ever imagine!
Many are going to specialists for body contouring, plastic surgery and hair transplants, but these are only temporary solutions. What does the Bible mean when it says, "We will be changed?"
There has only been one body that was perfect, incorruptible, and that was the physical body of Christ. This was prophesied by the psalmist who wrote, "Nor will you allow your holy one, Christ, to see corruption."
Our bodies, however, get old, wear out and eventually, die. This is all part of the aging process of "corruptible" bodies.
Despite the best efforts of science, we will never have immortality in our present state. However, our new bodies will last forever; they will not age, wear out or be susceptible to disease. With this extreme makeover our bodies will be indestructible.
In addition, our new bodies will be identifiable. In 1 Corinthians 13:12, Paul wrote that we will know as we are known. We'll recognize and know not only our earthly friends and family, but also everyone in the family of God. While these relationships may be different, I don't think they will be diminished.
We have seen incredible results from bodybuilding, but our new bodies will have strength and powers that go well beyond anything we seen yet.
The apostle Paul writes, "Our bodies are sown in weakness, but raised in power."
In our new bodies, we will be power personified. On one occasion, after His resurrection, Jesus suddenly appeared in a room where the disciples were. He didn't use the door, He didn't need to, He was just there. We will have that same kind of power in our resurrected bodies. We will have the ability to walk through walls and transport ourselves from one location to another instantly. We cannot imagine what it will be like to live in these new "super-bodies."
Finally, our new bodies will be infinite. Revelation 21:4 says, "God will 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."
This promise is packed with benefits, and among them, no more death.
Our current bodies are totally unsuited for heaven. That is why God will give us new ones when Christ returns for the believers at the rapture. Our new bodies will welcome the control of the Holy Spirit. We will no longer have to contend with the desires and temptations of our former sinful bodies. Our desire will be to do the will of God.
No other belief system or philosophy promises new bodies, new hearts and minds. The believers in Christ are the only ones who find these incredible promises.
Paul said if we only have hope in this earthly life, we are most miserable. But as born-again believers, we have hope beyond this life. That hope is in Jesus Christ. Soon, we will know the joy of living in the perfection and glory that God intended for us from the very beginning.
This truth about our new physical bodies is not the only reason I am passionate about taking people to heaven with me.
1 Corinthians 2:9 says: "No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."
I don't know about you, but I do not want to miss out on this "the ultimate extreme makeover." My desire is to skip physical death altogether and be changed in the moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trumpet.
Make sure you have entrusted yourself to God by faith in Jesus Christ. Ask Him to forgive you your sins, then ask Him to come into your heart. Then you will be assured that you will be changed too, and spend eternity with God.
David Goode is senior pastor at Heart of Worship Ministries, which meets on Sundays at 3 p.m. in the arts and crafts room at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 Airoso Blvd., across from city hall. Column reviewed by Nance Cox.
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