MEDITATIONS FROM THE PSALMS

 

MEDITATIONS ON SPIRITUAL ADOPTION #16

OUR BODIES ALSO

 

March 17, 2010

Reading: Romans 8:18-25

 

"Even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body" Romans 8:23

 

Right in the middle of this wonderful passage of scripture that speaks of our adoption into the family of God we are told there is more to come. We have previously discussed that the full measure, the full experience of our adoption, will not be enjoyed until we are completely conformed into the image of our Elder Brother, Jesus Christ. Everything we have discussed has been in the spiritual arena, but now our bodies are brought into the picture.

It is amazing to me how few Believers have a clear vision of their eternal future. For many years I bought into the picture of floating around in heaven as a bodiless spirit, perhaps sitting on a fluffy cloud playing a harp. How boring is that? The bible clearly teaches otherwise-we are to be given new bodies. Jesus is spoken of as the Firstborn of many brethren (Romans 8:29). He is the first of all we are to become. It is written that we died with Him (Gal 2:20; 2 Tim 2:11), we have been raised with Him (Col 2:12), seated with Him in heavenly places (Eph 2:6). So Jesus is the forerunner in the bodily resurrection-He was the first to be raised from the dead and given a new body, a body that was recognized by His friends yet different in its capabilities and functions.

The resurrected body of Jesus could pass through walls (John 20:19) and suddenly appear and disappear at will (Luke 24:15, 32; John 21:1, 4).

The blood of Jesus not only redeemed our soul but our body also.

 

"For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" 1 Corinthians 6:20.

"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself" Philippians 3:20-21.

 

When the bible says "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Cor 3:18), it is speaking not only of our soul but our body also.

Another exciting aspect of the resurrection of Jesus concerns the new creation. John wrote: "Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away" Revelation 21:1. That new creation is when heaven and earth are joined together and is inhabited by God's people in their new resurrection bodies-not disembodied spirits. Their conformation to Jesus will finally be complete in both soul and body. God began His new creation when He raised Jesus from the dead and added to it when He made us new creatures in Christ Jesus by our new birth and adopting us into His family. The new heaven and new earth, the next great act of creation, is not something to be accomplished sometime in the future, but was initiated by the resurrection of Jesus, is being continued by the adoption of children into the family of God, and is to be finalized at the appearing of Jesus when these children will be given their new bodies.

"In and through Jesus of Nazareth the Creator God achieved what He set out to achieve which is to deal with the problem of evil and particularly the problem of death itself and to launch a project which we can call New Creation" N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham.

In our reading we read that the children of God, "even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body." I concur with the apostle. What a day that will be. Our salvation, as we understand it today, is wonderful, but remember

 

"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him" 1 Corinthians 2:9.

 

Everything that is affected by sin is corrected by redemption-curses, death, sadness, sickness and all unpleasantness will have no place when our adoption is completed and the new creation is finalized.

 

"Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.'"

 

"So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 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. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body" 1 Corinthians 15:42-44.

 

Puritan quote:

"Our earthly bodies without sin and infirmity shall inherit the kingdom of God. Sin and corruption has made a mad work in our bodies and souls. But, in glory there shall be no lame legs, no crumpled shoulders, no blurred eyes, and no wrinkled faces-He will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body (Phil 3:21)" John Bunyan (1628 - 1688).

 

"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing"
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