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Self-Improvement Stew: Do You Believe in Life After Death & Do You Know What that Means?
“If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied,” (1 Corinthians 15:19, ESV).
As Christians, we recognize that a far better life awaits us. Therefore, we can risk our lives or our well-being in the service of Christ and for the cause of the gospel. We can accept that we won’t have as much as we want and won’t have the full measure of pleasure we long for in this life.
Do We Have Bodies in Life After Death?
Remember, God created human bodies perfectly designed to live in and enjoy a material world. The end of the biblical story and the ultimate Christian hope is the recreation of a new Heaven and a new Earth enjoyed by humanity in resurrected and glorified (renewed and perfected) bodies. The final chapters of the last book of the Bible tell us that the biblical hope of the age to come is to experience all the wonders of a fully and perfectly recreated Heaven and Earth. We will experience them bodily, enjoying relationships with others and the presence of God in perfect happiness.
We won’t be floating on our private clouds with wings and a harp trying to find some temporary relief for eternal boredom. No, the new Heaven and Earth is a place of bustling and enjoyable activity.
Now, you may hear all this and think it sounds way too fantastic, too unbelievable. How can this be? Well, the answer is that our bodies will be changed.
“But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?'” (1 Corinthians 15:35, ESV).
And it’s not so much a serious question here, but a mocking one. But Paul takes the rest of the chapter to answer it.
“You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body,” (1 Corinthians 15:36-38, ESV).
You take a seed of a plant and put it in the ground. It never shows its “real” life until it has died in the ground, rotted, and then it comes up through the soil and it looks entirely different. It’s the same seed but it’s different. There is continuity to the seed you put in the ground but it has a new appearance. So why does it seem incredible that you should die, be planted in the ground like a seed, yet […]
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