Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth. Isaiah 45:22 (KJV) Here is the story of the conversion of C. H. Spurgeon. One Sunday morning, I came to a little chapel. The minister was snowed in and a shoemaker went up into the pulpit. He began:...
We know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Romans 8:22-24
All religions have some belief in the idea of survival after death. But the resurrection of the body is unique to Christianity. Only Christians have a risen Savior. At the heart of our faith is the great truth that the tomb was empty, that the corpse of Jesus was raised to life, and that all who belong to him will share in his resurrection.
The resurrection of the body is a crown jewel of the Christian faith. It is a truth to be treasured and put on display for all to see. We should be proud of this and commend it to the world. It is a promise to excite our interest, a hope to anticipate with joy. The resurrection is the purpose for which you were created by God and redeemed in Christ! It is a tragedy that many Christians do not have a firm grasp on this wonderful truth.
The redemption of the body is the hope in which you were saved. The great purpose of God is not to save a part of you (your soul), but the whole of you (your body/soul unity). Christ made you—body and soul, and he will redeem you—body and soul. He will do it in this order—soul now, body later. All that God has made is good, and all that God has made he will redeem.
On a scale of 1 to 10, Christian, how firm is your grasp of the wonderful truth of the resurrection of the body?