“*6. There are no crippled limbs in heaven, no blindness, or deafness, no decaying bodies. The Bible says we’re going to have new bodies in heaven. Of course, this is a well-known doctrine of Christians, and Paul had much to say about it. He writes, “But someone will say, ‘How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” (1 Corinthians 15:35 NKJV). In other words, people may wonder, “What kind of body is going to be raised from the dead?”
Paul answers that the body that goes into the grave isn’t the one that will come out.
“And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be… 38) But God gives it a body as He pleases” (15:37-38). In other words: “The bodies we’ll inhabit in heaven will be in His likeness. They will be celestial, (heavenly), and not terrestrial, (earthly).”
According to Paul, our physical body is “sown in corruption” But “raised up incorruptible.” Simply put, when our body is “sown” — or, buried — it is a natural, or terrestrial, body. But when we are raised up, it will be as a celestial, or heavenly body. The body we’ll have then will be “glorified” by the resurrection power of Christ.
Scripture never says God is going to search out every lost limb, every lost tooth, every grain of dust of our natural body, and somehow put them back together. On the contrary, Paul taught, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.” He then adds, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV).
Our glorified bodies will be in the very likeness of Christ.
On that remarkable day, the graves are going to open. And in His awesome power, the Lord will bring into being new eternal bodies. These bodies will be in the image of the Holy and righteous, never to be corrupted. And when this happens, we’re going to speak one language, a new tongue we’ll all understand. Indeed, all things will be new.
Most exciting to me is what will happen for the millions of dead and dying children from throughout the ages. In an instant, these precious ones will be raised up with new bodies. I think of the young children whose bodies went to the grave ravaged by sickness, whose flesh was slaughtered in genocides, whose bodies were shattered by bombs.
I also think of the men and women whose bodies were withered and wasted away by disease, bodies that had to be buried in closed caskets. I think of the martyrs from throughout the ages who died by torture, their bodies maimed, sawn in two, beheaded, burned in fires. All of these are going to come out of the grave with new bodies, never to see corruption, or pain again.
My mind can hardly register the thought of it — and yet my heart rejoices over it!*”
We will continue in Part 5. CHRIS
*This message was delivered at Times Square Church in New York City, April 30, 2007, By the late David Wilkerson.