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How Your Resurrection Body Will Be Different—Part 1

August 29, 2018

We shall not all sleep, but we shall 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 imperishable, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

The transformation of the body you have now into the body you will have will be instantaneous. What do we know about this new resurrection body? There will be continuity, but also changes.

1. It will be imperishable.
“So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable” (1 Cor. 15:42).

Lazarus was raised from the dead (John 11), but the body he came back in was the same body, not a resurrection body, which meant that at some point he would have to go through the whole miserable business of dying again! But Jesus rose in the power of an endless life (Heb. 7:16), and he’s never going to go through death again, and neither will you in the resurrection. Your resurrection body, like his, will be a body that will never die.

2. It will be glorious.
“It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory” (1 Cor. 15:43).

Think about the face of Moses, when he came down the mountain after he had been in the presence of God. His face was shining. Why? Because he had been in the presence of the Lord of glory. Now think about the transfiguration of Jesus. He goes up the mountain with Peter, James, and John, and their faith was strengthened with a preview of the future glory of Jesus! There will be a brightness, a radiance, and a glory, not only around you, but in you in the resurrection body.

Meditate on the glory of the resurrected Jesus and how you will share in his resurrection.


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.


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