The Bible tells us one day we are going to have new bodies. In first Corinthians Paul asks the question “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” he seems a bit reluctant to give us too many details , but he does go on to say there is a natural and spiritual body. Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.
Like Paul, I am not writing this to tell you I have all of the answers to this question, but I did perform a little investigation on the matter and would like to share with you what I have found. All of what I am going to share with you comes from the Bible; so feel free to check it out on your own if you like.
Where does one begin to find out about such things as what our new glorified bodies will be like? I’m not sure about the first place to look, but if I was to guess it would be with Jesus himself. In Hebrews we read that Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory. In Revelation John describes him as one who has a golden sash around his chest and his feet are like bronze as if glowing in a furnace. This description is familiar to those who have read Ezekiel’s account of seeing the Lord’s divine glory. Ezekiel describes the scene this way, “Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. Then I noticed from the appearance of his loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it and from the appearance of his loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was radiance around him.”
In 1 John it says “We know that when he appears, we will be like him, because we will see him as he is.” These descriptions of Jesus are telling us one thing for sure and that is one day we will be glowing and shiny like him.
Let’s look at another heavenly being and see what his appearance might tell us about our future bodies. Ezekiel 28:11-13 gives us a description of what most think is Lucifer or Satan before his fall. It says “every precious stone was your covering; the ruby, the topaz and the diamond; the beryl, the onyx and the jasper; the lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; and the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, was in you.” There appears to be no doubt that shiny, beautiful precious stones play a role in the make up of our new bodies. We have a promise in the letter to the Philippians that he will transform our lowly or vile bodies, depending on the bible translation, into conformity with his body of glory.
Daniel said we would shine like the stars, Haggai tells us the Lord will make his servant like a signet ring; and Zechariah said God’s people are as stones or jewels of a crown. We see Moses’ face glowing after being in the presence of God; and Jesus became as white as light when he was transfigured on the mountain.
Let’s look at just a few more passages of scripture. The first one is found in Exodus where God told Moses how to make the priests garments. Notice, if you will, the use of precious stones once again. The priest was to have an onyx stone on each shoulder representing all of the tribes of Israel. They would engrave six names on each stone. On their breastpiece of gold they were to have twelve more precious stones. “The first row would be ruby, topaz and emerald; and the second row a turquoise a sapphire and a diamond; and the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl and an onyx and jasper; and they are to be set in gold filigree.” Do you think all of these shiny stones mounted on the priests are a hint to how we might look some day? The priest had to wear these garments while ministering in God’s presence. What if God had Moses make these garments this way to give us a clue as to how our new bodies might look when we are in his presence?
The last passage may be a little less well known. This one is found in the Song of Solomon it may be a little more than allegorical? The Song of Solomon is a love poem, but I think there is yet more scripture showing us how our new bodies might look. Chapter 5:14-15 describes for us the husband in this poem and he, you guessed it, is made up of gold and precious stones. It says “his hands are rods of gold set with beryl; his abdomen is carved ivory inlaid with sapphires. His legs are pillars of alabaster set on pedestals of gold.”
It may be a stretch, but I’m thinking maybe our new bodies will be made up of, or covered in, gold and precious stones what do you think? I don’t claim to know all of the details about this, but every indication points to us having a very colorful life ahead of us. Could it be that we will be somewhat transparent so the light of Christ can shine through us in a way that has been impossible in this body we now have? I don’t know, but it has been fun to ponder about our new bodies. I hope this inspires you to look into these things for yourself.
Written by Louie