“The body you now possess is just a seed of the eternal body you will possess in heaven.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 31, 2021
In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
Now that I’m moving through midlife, I sometimes tell my husband. “I miss my old body.” I miss not having aches and pains. He’s a funny guy, so he often responds, “What do you mean? You have an old body.”
When I think about the future and the glory of heaven, I am grateful that this aging body isn’t the one that will be with me forever. Instead, I will be changed, as every believer in Christ will be changed when we move from here to our forever home.
The bodies we now have, that were given to us in our mother’s wombs (Psalm 139) were sown in corruption (wrinkles, aches, pains, and illness) but they will be raised to life as incorruptible. (1 Corinthians 15:42). And (glory!) we will come to life in a new, transformed way when we pass from here to there (v. 36-38).
GotQuestions.org says, “Although the Bible tells us little about what it will be like in heaven, it seems that we will most likely have a physical body, although not in the same sense of ‘physical’ that we have now.”
The body you now possess is just a seed of the eternal body you will possess in heaven. When a plant is a seed, it’s wondrous in its form, but its glorious beauty will only be seen as it is transformed. What we will be changed to is glorious—and we will be like God in His glory when we are in His presence.
No more aging. No more aches! No more pains! No more illness! No more aging! Yahoooo!
In addition to looking forward to losing this corruptible body, I’m looking forward to shining like a star. Okay, I can’t say this for sure, but there is some solid scriptural support that we will shine like He does in His glory.
In Scripture, God is consistently described as being made of light. In fact, Psalm 104:2 says that the LORD “wraps himself in light.”
Additionally, Matthew 13:43 says, “The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” and Daniel (NASB) says, “Those who have insight and shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars, forever and ever.”
During Christ’s transfiguration, His clothing “became as bright as a flash of lightning.” (Luke 9:29).
Because we are made in His image, and when we are redeemed to the glory God intended for us from the beginning, when we are made incorruptible like Him, it isn’t difficult to imagine that we would be radiant like Him.
No more aging. No more pain. No more illness—and a lot of bling. All that makes me want to shout “Hallelujah!” How about you?
Lord, thank you for the glory of heaven. Thank you for the new body that you will give me and thank you that when I come into your presence, I will finally be home.
Read the Related Readings then write down your insights in a journal or notebook and talk with the Lord about what you learned.
Chris Tomlin: Forever Home
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