I’ve shared some things on “The Ultimate State” recently, and I hope that you realize that I’m not talking about “dying and going to heaven.” Flesh and blood cannot inherit the fullness of the Kingdom of God, so it seems that there is a “demise” designed by God for these earthly flesh and blood bodies. Call it what you may. The bottom line is that these present bodies are not the vehicles designed by God for FULL-BLOWN SONSHIP. This is why there must be a resurrection. I’ll share with you some more thoughts on this. This is simply food for thought.
Regarding the Resurrection …
The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the great proof of His being the Son of God. It was not possible that He should be held by death, because He was the Son of God, and therefore He had life in Himself, which He could not lay down but with a design to take it up again. “The sure mercies of David” is that everlasting immortal life, of which Jesus’ resurrection was a sure pledge, and the blessings of redemption in Christ are a certain earnest.
Might it be then that we also shall lay down these earthly bodies only to take them up again but in a much higher form as did Jesus? Is not this terrestrial body just a naked kernel to be sown in death, but from which a celestial body of much greater glory shall come forth?
The scriptures declare that there are bodies terrestrial as well as bodies celestial, but a different glory is that of the celestial body from that of the terrestrial, and a different glory is even that of one celestial body to another (work out your salvation with fear and trembling, beloved, as even that effects the glory of the body to come). Even as there is a glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, and even as one star excels in glory over another, so also is the resurrection of the dead.
Physical flesh and blood bodies are sown in corruption, but are raised in incorruption, sown in dishonor, but raised in glory, sown in infirmity and weakness, but raised in power, and that in the form of a glorious celestial body, even that which can take on the form of spiritual (and yet physical) flesh at will – even as Jesus did after His resurrection.
I don’t see that our hope is in avoiding the laying down of our physical bodies, but rather, our hope is in a resurrection into bodies of a more glorious form. I look to Jesus as our pattern for EVERYTHING, don’t you? — even our resurrection to full-blown immortality? I don’t see that Jesus avoided death, but rather, He just passed right on through it into a glorified state of SPIRITUAL FLESH. That seems to me to be the pattern for the final stage of our salvation, which is the redemption of our bodies.
This corruptible must certainly put on incorruption, and this mortal must certainly put on immortality. When this comes to pass (the demise of the flesh and blood body and the FULL putting on of the spiritual flesh body) then shall come to pass the word which is written, “Swallowed up was Death by Victory. Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?”
This is surely an awesome subject, and admittedly, is something that most all of us know very little about. I do share what I do here in all humility before God though, that He might bring forth more revelation through this somehow. Whatever He brings, may we truly give all glory, honor, and praise to Him Who has conquered death and the grave for us ALL! May we sincerely give thanks to Him Who gives us the victory (even over death itself) through our Lord Jesus Christ, and may all fear of death be completely banished from the hearts of God’s elect.