TRANSFORMED BODIES

Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.” (Philippians 3:20,21)

Paul is referring to our glorification in this passage. Glorification is the future tense of salvation. It occurs when Jesus returns to earth again. At that time there will be a resurrection of the bodies of those who have already died. Their resurrected bodies will be reunited with their eternal souls. Paul describes these resurrected bodies in I Corinthians 15 — “So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body” (I Corinthians 15:42-44).

But, what will happen to those who are still alive when Christ returns? The answer is found in our passage — “(Christ) will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.” When Jesus returns, He will transform our earthly bodies and make them like His glorious body — “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 shall be changed” (I Corinthians 15:51,52).

We will live forever as citizens of the new heavens and new earth, the new Jerusalem. We will have bodies that are healthy and that will not age or experience any form of suffering and pain. We will have physical bodies and we will live on the new physical earth. “Death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

Our true citizenship is in heaven and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. We have a glorious future in store for us! Thus, we eagerly await the return of our Savior.

Lord Jesus, thank You for the hope that we have. I know that I am destined for glory. One day I will see You face to face. I will be given a body like Yours and live in the new heavens and new earth with You throughout all eternity. I eagerly await Your return!

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