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Absent from the Body-Ask the Pastor

April 28, 2009

We received several additional questions that we didn’t have the time to answer on April 26th during our first “Ask the Pastor” evening. We will try to answer all of them on this BLOG.

The first one is as follows:

When people preach a funeral they read out of the Bible, “Absent from the body and present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:6-9). When Jesus comes back in the clouds and the dead in Christ rise first (1 Thess. 4:13-18)., why would they have to rise when their souls could have been with the Lord for centuries? Why do we need our old body that is now dust? Is it a pattern for our glorified body?

…Jesus Christ…has abolished death and [has]brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…2 Timothy 1:10.  Jesus lived a real physical life and died in a real physical body. He was raised in His physical body. The body He had when He died. He showed His scars to prove that He was not just raised in Spirit. Our immortality is not just spiritual it is physical too.

Our faith in Jesus’ resurrection assures our PHYSICAL resurrection as well. Faith in Jesus Christ allows us to be victorious over death! Our physical resurrection is absolutely necessary. We overcome death because of what Jesus did for us. God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins and His resurrection proves that God accepted His sacrifice.

Even though the body is dust it will be raised to be reunited with our spirit. We will have the same physical body but it will be like Jesus’ body. In 1 Cor. 15 it is called a glorified body (1 Cor 15:42-58).

Our glorified body will be incorruptible, immortal, sinless, free from pain or sickness, and we will be able to see God. Jesus showed His scars from the crucifixion. He ate food and drank. He was touchable. He talked with the disciples. He could appear and disappear. Our body will be the same.

The reason for the resurrection of our body is not just for a pattern for the glorified body. It is necessary to demonstrate the truth of our victory over death. It is not just a spiritual resurrection it is PHYSICAL too.

The following Scriptures would be good for further study and meditation:

1Cor. 15:1-58; Phil. 3:20-21; Romans 6:5, 8:11; 1Cor. 6:14


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