FOCUS: GOD made our bodies, God loves our bodies, and God said He considers the body of the ones whom He saves as His Temple! He resides in our bodies!
Spotlight: GOD EXPECTS US TO TAKE CARE OF OUR BODIES AND OFFER THEM AS A SACRIFICE TO HIM IN WORSHIP DAILY!
THE TABERNACLE OF GOD ON EARTH!
Romans 11:33 – 12:2:
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?
Or who has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him again?
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
ALL THINGS ARE MADE FOR CHRIST, BY CHRIST AND THROUGH CHRIST! ALL MADE FOR HIS GLORY AND MAJESTY AND TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER HIS DIRECT CONTROL AND POWER!
The bodies we live in then are His and He purchased them through His blood on the Cross being shed so, bringing us back from Sin and Evil and Satan, that which was lost! The scriptures speak of the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in us, was the down payment of the purchased possession, which not only is the soul, the spirit, but also, the body of those whom He redeems and saves!
This body we are in now is the Tabernacle or Temple of God. He dwells there, and we are IN HIM now! We are NOT in the FLESH (that part of our body which houses the entity called Sin! We are truly New Born changed totally people. We have become priests of God, sons of God, children of God, joint heirs with Christ Jesus to all that the Father has is given to us in His Son!
Paul just spoke through the Spirit in Romans as shown, that this body then should be considered a “holy” “sacred” place when we live out our daily lives on this planet. I mean every moment of every day!
This body is NOT evil nor is it sin! The elements of the body are flesh, blood, bone, and all of its intricate nerve and tendons etc., network. MATTER is NOT sin! But SIN dwells in this body and has its abode there! Fearfully and wonderfully made by God!
One of the most destructive teachings developed in the early Church days called GNOSTICISM! They taught a sharp contrast between matter and spirit, the realm of darkness and the realm of light. All that was natural, human, and material was considered to be evil; the spirit was the only thing that matters!
So, because of that, they denied the incarnation. That is, the God/man, Jesus was both God and man. 100% God, and 100% man without sin. They said he only appeared to have a physical body, sort of like the Theophany appearances of Jesus in the Old Testament. Also, because of their errors and heresy, they denied the Resurrection which is so clearly taught in the word of God. Jesus even spoke much about the Resurrection of our bodies, as well as Paul the Apostle in the Epistles. The Gnostics consider our bodies a “Prison House” of the spirit. They wanted to be free of this prison house.
It is due to sin, a malady and a sad and disruptive thing to leave our bodies. We do not just “have” a body, we are bodily. It is our humanity, and it will be restored to a perfect body at the resurrection and we will be complete, perfect, a total spiritual being consisting of a body, soul and spirit! Three in ONE which is a spiritual state then!
Job 19:26 reads, “Though……worms destroy this body, yet IN MY FLESH I shall see God.”
Sadly today we see some of these Gnostic tendencies in the local Churches about our bodies. Sexual organs which God created and included in his statement after created us, was GOOD. We call them now “naughty parts” or at least many do. Pleasure and enjoyment is suspect in some circles. Many of us also will remember funerals where something like this was stated, “So and so is finally free of her body, and her spirit is able to worship God without any hindrance.” When really it was NOT her body or his body that was the hindrance, but rather “sin” that dwelled in that body. A usurper, a foreign virus which is evil dwelled there, not the body itself. The body was affected by sin and a curse came and we began to die the moment we were conceived, that is physically die.
Thomas Watson, a Puritan believer and preacher, said this:
“Not in another flesh, but in my flesh shall I be resurrected. Some hold that the soul and spirit shall be clothed with a new body; but then it would be improper to call it a resurrection. Rather, it would be a creation. If the body did not rise again, a believer would not be completely happy, for, though the soul and spirit can subsist without the body, yet it has a desire of reunion with the body. If the soul and spirit should got to heaven, and not the body, then a believer would be only half saved.”
I think I would go along with the word “new” in the sense of our real resurrected same body is made into a spiritual body which has no sin and weakness anymore. So I would disagree with this thought on that part, but his idea is certainly Biblical it is NOT a new thing outside of the old made new.
In other words, not some body prepared that was not connected with the old one made new is the point!. Also, we must remember our bodies are set apart as holy by God NOW!!! So, God surely will keep His promises to make the Body of his people totally perfected in all aspects, and one that will be “our former bodies” but changed to meet the qualities which the Spirit World requires in which we will be.
In other words, parts of the body which were essential and no longer essential will be done away with for there is absolutely NO need for them any longer in the heavenly sphere and the new earth. One no longer needs oxygen, no lungs needed, no longer need sexual organs for there is no usefulness in the spirit world for such, no procreation and no urinary requirements.
On and on we could go. But what is left is what is our body parts and the whole that is identifiable as our body. Much mystery is here but God does give us clues which we can certainly project into our over all considerations about the new spiritual aspects of our bodies.
SPOTLIGHT: GOD LOVES OUR BODIES. HE DIED FOR OUR BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM TOTALLY PERFECT AND COMPLETELY MADE FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD WHICH IS SPIRITUAL!
SPIRITUAL IN THE SENSE, THAT NO CURSE, NO SIN, NO PAIN NO SUFFERING, NO WEAKNESS, NO CORRUPTION, NO DECAY, NO IMPERFECTIONS AND NO MORE TEMPTATIONS TO SIN SINCE ONE EXISTS.