I’ve never wished for a new body more than when CANCER entered my life. The past seven months have been a blur of doctor visits, tests, procedures, surgery and tough decisions. Weight loss, hair loss, fatigue, and digestive issues describe the state of this earthly body of mine. Now, more than ever, I understand what it is to long for the perfection of a heavenly body with no pain, disease, or sorrow.
I didn’t fully comprehend what our new heavenly bodies will be like. Or how or if we will recognize each other. Yet, as I read through I Corinthians 15 today, the Lord gave me a clearer understanding of how our bodies will be transformed.
A PLANTED SEED
As a gardener and farmer’s wife, I’ve planted many a seed and witnessed it sprout into a plant. But it never dawned on me before what a vivid image this is of the transformed life of a Christian.–the earthly body vs. a heavenly one.
A seed is hard and lifeless. But when placed in the ground and given water and sun, it sprouts into a plant that is green and vibrant with life. The plant in no way resembles the seed, and yet, we can tell by the qualities of the seed, the nature of the plant it will grow into.
A TRANSFORMED SEED
The same will be true of Christians. Unlike our earthly bodies, our heavenly bodies will not waste away with age or disease, but will be geared for wholeness and eternal life!
“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”. (I Corinthians 15:42-44)
A Transformed Life
Like a blossomed plant, our heavenly bodies will be far more glorious than our earthly seed (shell). And though we will be transformed, I believe we will recognize each other’s soul when we reach Heaven. But more importantly, we will be in the presence of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ. That will be the truest joy and blessing of all!
The new body is a bonus! =)
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