Something for you to chew on…
“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
“So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” (2 Corinthians 5:1-10 NLT)
Beloved, for some reason the Lord continues to speak to me about our celestial bodies made for the spirit realm, which I’ll have you know are not just some wispy essences or unsubstantial ghosts, but actually have (distinctly human) substance and form.
Let me put it this way …
It seems that God has designed our physical flesh and blood bodies as the material coverings for the fine spiritual essences which are even now being formed into celestial temples (as we work out our salvation). You might say that our physical bodies that are made from the dust of the ground are earths in which the Husbandman plants His spiritual Seed. This Seed then mingles with our spirit to become a whole new creation, one which continually gains organization and form as salvation is again “worked out.” This organization of spiritual substance IS the making of our celestial bodies, beloved.
When the material body is then thrown off (or laid down in death), the kernel of the Seed/seed essentially rejects the chaff or outer husk body and the spirit is released to pass on into an open and conscious life in the spirit world. There it continues on in its journey back to the Father. It is my understanding that when the spirit is freed from the encumbrances and restrictions of the material body, the identity of the person is still perfectly preserved, human form is still maintained, with all memory and consciousness of individuality also intact.
This is saying that by the withdrawal of a person from his or her material body, a person simply steps out of the physical world into the spirit world where they gain even more favorable conditions for their ascension in spirit. It should be known that there is no change in a person’s character by the act of physical death though. In character, they are just as they were when in the physical body, and they know no more or no less by death either. They have simply “moved on” by the separation of two forms (one spiritual, one physical) which had at one time acted together as one. When the spiritual body (in which life resides) moves on, the physical body that was dependent upon the spirit for life simply returns to its former state (becomes earth and gas) and mingles again with the natural elements of the world.
I feel to say here, beloved, that if we come to realize that humans are spiritual beings and are not just people who have a spirit, then we can also come to realize that upon physical death there is no loss of being or loss of form or consciousness. There is only a change, and thereby there is really no death.
I think that we should also keep in mind with all of this that while we live in these earthly bodies, our focus should not be on getting rid of these bodies that clothe us now, but ON THE PUTTING ON OF THE NEW BODIES by which these mortal bodies are swallowed up by life.
Bless you all.
God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. — D
I want to add here that when a person dies it is not some formless essence that leaves the person, but rather it is the person them-self (their spirit) leaving their material and corruptible body. Before this departure, the human spirit dwells in every part of the material human body, even in the minutest microscopic cells and fibers, and when this (the spirit body) parts from the material body in death, then the material body’s organization falls to pieces – it simply disintegrates, and the spirit body is then drawn to a realm of spirit which most closely matches the nature and character of the person.
Perhaps I will be allowed to share more on all of this at a later time. I have (in a sense) been locked into a conversation with God about all of this for about a month now. Why now, and why about all of this? I don’t know.