Session 11: The Final Resurrection
In this session, I will explore the nature of our future raptured body. Paul teaches that the Adamic body of flesh and blood will not inherit the eternal kingdom of heaven. The natural human body that is male or female will need to be transformed into a presently unknown kind of immortal body in order for God’s people to inherit the eternal kingdom of heaven. Paul compares this process of transformation to nuts, such as a pecan, planted into the ground. A planted pecan does not come up out of the ground as another pecan. Rather, it is transformed into a magnificent tree. And one cannot examine the exterior of a pecan, or crack it open and examine the interior, and determine what kind of plant will emerge when it germinates. Likewise, by examining the natural body, one cannot determine what our future body will be like. Our current body is adapted for the Genesis earth, but the transformed eternal body of the sons of God will be adapted for the eternal new heavens and new earth—which have yet to be created.
I will also make the case that our glorified body will be like the post-ascended body of Christ, not the pre-ascended body. Paul saw the resurrected Christ after he had ascended to heaven, and he was in a glorified body very different from the body that the disciples touched and ate with. Theologians have a bad habit of speculating that our future body will be like the pre-ascended Christ, or a modified human body of flesh and blood. But there is no Scriptural support for this assertion.
Paul teaches that we need not worry about heaven being a boring existence, for God has already demonstrated his remarkable creativity when he created many kinds of bodies in this Genesis creation. We can trust him to use this same creativity once more when he gives us a new kind of body adapted for the new earth.