Spirit, soul and body seem to always make their way into my thinking. I have come to see how important it is to make the distinction between soul and spirit so now I see it throughout the whole of the Bible. Our body is the topic today though, and not just any body but what our heavenly body will be like.
In 1 Corinthians 15 the Apostle Paul spends a great deal of time discussing the subject of our resurrected bodies and what that might be like. While Paul admits he doesn’t really know exactly what our new bodies will be like, permit me if you will to ponder these things for a moment.
When God created the first man Adam he used dust. We read where it says, “the Lord god formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” In other words, our bodies are created not just “for” our environment but actually “from” our environment, Earth. Remember this because it will play an important part in the point I’m hoping to make; but first let’s look at a few other instances in the scriptures to build the case for our new bodies.
There is an instance in the gospels when Jesus took his inner circle of disciples Peter, James and John to the top of a mountain. While there “He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.” To me this is a glimpse of what our new bodies will be like. If this is true, then we are really, at our core, light beings living in a veiled body at present. The word transfigured used hear is the same word used in Romans 12:2 when we are told to have our minds “transformed.” It comes from the same word as metamorphosis meaning to change or transform. It is the same as when a caterpillar is changed or transformed into a butterfly. The one body is completely different from the other.
Paul even said in 1 Corinthians 15, “That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be…” What if the transfiguration of Jesus is a glimpse for us of what our heavenly bodies will be? Let’s look at another glimpse God gives us in the design of the Priestly clothing.
In Exodus 28 we read where God instructed Moses to design the clothing to be worn by the priest as he did his duties in the Holy of Holies. He was to wear an ephod of gold with shoulder pieces with onyx stones for each shoulder representing six sons of Israel on each. He also had a breast-piece with four rows of stones equaling twelve altogether to represent each tribe of Israel. So they are to be covered in jewels when they go into the Holy of Holies. To me this is a picture of what we will look like one day as we enter the true Holy of Holies in our new bodies. Do you see what I see?
While there are probably many other places we can point to in the scriptures, let me just finish with one more found in the book of Revelation. Remember the first man Adam was formed from the dust of the ground right? He was designed from his environment to live in that environment so it is only reasonable our new bodies will have to coincide with our new environment too, right? If we look in Revelation 21 we discover the New Jerusalem to be made out of costly stone, as crystal-clear jasper. It has gates of pearl, jasper walls and the city is pure gold, like clear glass. Wow! It has twelve foundation stones of all types of precious jewels, and the streets were pure gold like glass.
In conclusion, let me say if the first Adam was created from the dust of this earth in order to be compatible to his environment, it only makes sense we too will be re-created to live in our new environment. If our new home is made up of precious stones, and gold as clear as glass, it only stands to reason that we will be transfigured in our bodies one day and it will be conformed with the body of his glory! “The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.”
On the day we are born-again our dead human spirit is resurrected and joined to the Holy Spirit. From that day forward we are learning what it means to live with the mind of Christ calling the shots, or to be transformed in our minds. One day we will be given a brand new body that corresponds to our new home where we will live for all eternity in the city which needs no sun because the Lamb is it’s light. He will shine, and shine for all eternity, in and through his chosen vessels fully transformed with their pure, clear, jeweled bodies with nothing to hinder his full expression to anyone gazing upon his Glory forever and forever.