A New Body

Irvin Himmel
Temple Terra, Florida

The Bible teaches plainly that there will be a bodily resurrection when Jesus makes his second appearance. What sort of body the wicked will have at that time, I do not know.

As for the righteous, this much is certain: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The resurrected body therefore will be a changed body. The faithful who are living when Jesus comes again will be changed, "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1 Cor. 15:50-52).

In 1 Cor. 15:35-54 and Phil. 3:20,21, we have the following contrast:


Corruptible -- Incorruptible

Mortal -- Immoral

Dishonorable -- Glorious

Weak -- Powerful

Natural -- Spiritual

Earthy -- Heavenly

Vile -- Fashioned like unto Christs glorious Body

Many questions could be raised about the glorified new body which no one can answer. John wrote, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2).

It is obvious that there will be no physical scars on the incorruptible body-no pain, no sickness, no broken limbs, no infirmities, and no death. It is enough to know that our spirits shall dwell eternally in heaven clothed in immortality!

January 4, 1973