5 For if we have been united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of his resurrection. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be rendered powerless so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, 7 since a person who has died is freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him, 9 because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over him. 10 For the death he died, he died to sin once for all time; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. — Romans 6:5-11
A Resurrected Body
by Shelia Painter
The idea of getting a new body is a welcoming thought to a great many of us, especially those of us who are showing visible signs of aging, both in appearance and in movement. This body we inhabit before death is corruptible, susceptible to disease and injury, and dying daily through a process that only God controls. We are increasingly aware of its limitations and of its ultimate demise. We walk this journey on the earth in an earthly body, one with a sinful nature. This body is inhabited by our souls. There is a constant struggle between our nature to sin in this body and our saved soul’s nature to please God.
When Jesus was crucified on the cross as an atonement for our sins, He reconciled us once and for all to the Father. We were sentenced to death when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:16-17). Jesus’ life was given unto death to prove how much He and the Father love us and desire us to have a never-ending life with them in heaven. Jesus was without sin, yet He bore our sins to save us from destruction and separation from God. Can we ever truly grasp the meaning of that sacrifice? Probably not until we experience the death of this body ourselves.
Jesus being raised up from the grave proves that we will live again with Him. Only the body ruled by sin died. He did not die. Because we believe in His death, burial, and resurrection, we too shall be raised from death into a new life with Him. God made Jesus the sacrificial lamb to give us the chance for everlasting life, free from sin.
When Jesus appeared to the disciples after He rose from the dead, He was changed. They did not recognize Him. He showed them the nail scars on His hands and feet. He even ate food with them (Luke 24:36-49). Perhaps mere mortal eyes could not see a heavenly transformation without coaxing. We understand from this passage that when we receive our resurrected body, reunited with our spirit, we will be able to recognize each other, but we will be changed. Sin will no longer rule over us.
If we die before Jesus returns, we will leave this body and our spirits will return to God (Ecclesiastes 12:7). When Jesus returns, that is when we will receive our resurrected body (1 Corinthians 15:35-49). What a wonderful day that will be when we receive that body that will never die! A resurrected self, dedicated and obedient to a loving God.
- Can we even fathom the magnitude of this passage and what Jesus did for us?
- Try to imagine what a resurrected body will look like.
- Try to imagine the perfection of Jesus.
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