A question that I have wonder for some time now is the same question I’ve heard some wonder about also. It’s a question that I never actually searched throughout the Bible for. Today, we will. As Heaven continues to look more and more appeasing than this world there are more questions than ever about Heaven. I’ve taken sometime to dive in and search for questions about Heaven. I’ve tried to answer a few with “Will Heaven Be Boring” and “What Will Heaven Be Like”. Today, we are going to continue with another devotional relating to Heaven. We will be looking at what we will look like in Heaven.
Verse Passage: John 21:1-14 “Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.” – NIV
Verse Passage: Luke 24:36-43 “While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.” – NIV
From these two passages of scripture we can see that Jesus had a physical resurrected body in which allowed Him to walk, talk, and eat like we do.
Verse Passage: John 3:2 “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” – NIV
Verse Passage: Philippians 3:21 “who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” – NIV
Verse Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:46-49 “The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.” – NIV
From these passages we are able to see that we will have His image. We will have resurrected bodies that can eat, talk, and walk.
After Jesus’ resurrection He invited the disciples to touch Him. He looked at them and said, “look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost (disembodied spirit) does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
Jesus’ resurrected body is a direct model for our own resurrected body on the New Earth. We will not be ghost or spirits flying around haunting people, playing jokes on family, or just joyriding life on the other side. We will be physical human beings with glorified bodies.
It could be hard to imagine a new body. Some of us have had our body for several decades. Even younger bodies still wear out and some are damaged already. It’s hard for our minds to comprehend a brand new body that has been glorified. We might be able to imagine a body without pain, sickness, and weakness. But that’s about all we can actually totally see in our mind. But we are actually going a step further and talking about a glorified body.
Right now we are constrained, restricted, and bonded to many things. But with our new bodies we will be totally free. We will be able to touch and have sense of feeling but we will not be restricted to traveling in a car, plane, boat etc. We will be able to travel all over without cost, without long waiting lines, without delays, without anything. We will be able to eat but no longer be driven to eat out of necessity to fuel our bodies or out of fleshly desire. We are bonded by laws of gravity, time, and space but no longer with our new heavenly bodies.
We will be one with the Spirit and of the Spirit. The new bodies will be perfectly suited for the New Earth that God has in store for us to live in forever and ever.
Copyright © 2018 by Jacob D. Olinger
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