"As you yield to My advances, as I draw you ever closer to the veil, to the realm between the earthly and the heavenly, call on the keys and I will reveal to you the beauties you are about to enjoy!"
"We Shall Be Changed"
What your resurrection will be like
"Behold, I tell you a mystery," the apostle Paul wrote to a group of Christians in the Greek city of Corinth. "We shall not all sleep [be dead], but we shall all be changed-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 [who are alive] shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality... Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: â€˜Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?â€™" (1 Corinthians 15:51-55).
In this passage Paul is explaining the resurrection of the dead. Itâ€™s pretty hard to explain how a body thatâ€™s been in the grave for years-possibly even hundreds or thousands of years-is going to come to life and be perfectly whole, even better than it was before. How are you going to explain that? Paul says itâ€™s going to be like the difference between a seed and what the seed becomes once it has germinated and grown to maturity (1 Corinthians 15:36-44).
Our resurrection bodies are going to be new and different, and yet theyâ€™ll be close enough to the ones we have now that weâ€™ll recognize each other: "Then I shall know just as I also am known" (1 Corinthians 13:12). The disciples recognized Jesus after He was resurrected, but not always. He was different enough that sometimes they didnâ€™t recognize Him (Luke 24:13-16, 31; John 20:14-16). That was either because He didnâ€™t want to be recognized at the time, or because He was even more beautiful and more perfect, if thatâ€™s possible, because He had a new spiritual body that would never die-and thatâ€™s the kind of body youâ€™re going to have! Youâ€™re going to be like Jesus was and is now, since His resurrection. He "will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious [resurrection] body" (Philippians 3:21).
Were Jesusâ€™ followers able to see Him after He was resurrected? Yes! Were they able to usually recognize Him? Yes! Did He walk and talk with them? Yes! He even cooked for them and ate and drank with them. (Luke 24:42-43) "So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence". (John 21:9-14) "Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish which you have just caught." Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, "Come and eat breakfast." Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, "Who are You?" --knowing that it was the Lord.
Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead". Jesus was able to do all these normal, natural things, and in your new resurrection body, so will you.
At the sound of that trumpet you are going to be raised from the dead, if you are dead, or raised from the earth if youâ€™re still living.
But thatâ€™s not all. You will also be able to do some things you canâ€™t do in your natural body. When His followers were in a locked room with the door barred for fear of those who had crucified Him, Jesus walked right through the barred door (John 20:26) "And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" . Another time, when He had finished talking with two of His followers on the road to Emmaus, He "vanished from their sight". (Luke 24:30-31) "Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight." You will be able to walk through walls and doors and appear and disappear, just like Jesus did. Youâ€™ll also be able to travel from one place to another not merely at the speed of sound or light, but at the speed of thought.
"We shall all be changed!" The main thing thatâ€™s going to be changed is your body, but if Heâ€™s going to change your body, Heâ€™s certainly going to change your clothes. Contrary to what some believe, Heâ€™s not going to resurrect you stark naked. Youâ€™ll be clothed in a robe of light, a robe of righteousness. Just think, no matter where you are or what youâ€™re doing, youâ€™re suddenly going to notice a wonderful change and look to see that youâ€™re wearing a beautiful new robe of righteousness.
Actually, you may be so preoccupied with whatâ€™s happening in the sky-lightning and thunder and Jesus appearing in the clouds-that you may not even notice what youâ€™re wearing. But youâ€™ll sure feel different because youâ€™ll "be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump" (1 Corinthians 15:52). At the sound of that trumpet youâ€™re going to be raised from the dead, if you are dead, or raised from the earth if youâ€™re still living.
In another epistle, Paul writes: "I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14). That includes you, if youâ€™ve received Him! It also includes all of your departed family members and friends who have received Jesus. So donâ€™t worry that you will never see them again; you will meet in the air. What a family reunion-the biggest ever!
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
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God became a man to turn creatures into sons; not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. -C.S. Lewis
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