Question of the week?

When do believers receive from God their new “glorified” bodies

Please provide us with a summary answer and use Scripture to support your assertions.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Phil Johnson on April 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    That adjective is what amazes me most: bodily. It’s the very thing that made the gospel message so revolutionary in the first century. Not just life after death, but the idea of real, physical existence in these very bodies, albeit glorified.

    Even the pagans in Paul’s time had some concept of life after death. In Greek mythology it was Elysium, a spiritual state of perfect bliss. To them (as well as the gnostics) the body was hopelessly corrupt and irredeemable. The resurrection of the body was a grotesque and foolish idea. Their only thought of life after death was some kind of disembodied existence on an ethereal, spiritual plane. The idea of physical resurrection was unthinkable. That’s why Paul’s sermon on Mars’ Hill ended so abruptly (Acts 17:32).

    But Christ was raised bodily, glorified so that His human frame was perfectly suited for both heaven and earth. His body could be seen, and touched (Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 John 1:1). He ate food (Luke 24:42-43) and walked and talked as He had before the crucifixion. At this very moment, he sits on the Father’s right hand in that same body—making intercession for the saints, including me.

    More amazing than all of that, I will one day have a body like His: able to traverse heaven and earth, immortal, yet familiar in its physical form. In fact, it will be this very body, thoroughly healed of all its infirmities and imperfections. That amazes me and thrills me at least as much as it shocked and offended those philosophers in Greece.

  2. Posted by Richard on April 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    The saints, sinners saved by marvelous grace, are transformed at the resurrection. There is a resurrection on the last day. John 6:37-44, 12:48, when all shall stand at the judgment seat of Christ, when the goats/sheep, wheat/tares, good fish/bad fish are separated to their eternal estates. What is so amazing and marvelous is that though I deserve to be separated to destruction, by grace through faith I have been made a partaker of glory. Thank you Lord Jesus for giving Yourself for worthless wretched sinners.

  3. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on April 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you for highlighting the GRACE of God in salvation Richard! Happy GOOD FRIDAY to you and all our ET readers!

  4. Posted by Massimo Mollica on April 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    You’d have to say the clearest text on the timing of receiving our glorified bodies will be at the rapture per 1 Thess 4:13-17. So, if you’re a pre-tribber, then before the tribulation. If you’re some other type of “tribber,” then you receive your glorified bodies sometime during or at the close of the tribulation.

  5. This amillennialist has long understood that we receive our glorious bodies at the Resurrection when Christ returns.

    Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

    1 John 3:2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

    What will that coming be like? Well, I think 1Thess 4:13-17 describes it. It is a discrete event, with no prior “rapture” or specific tribulation. Is not the current oppression of the Church throughout the World the tribulation?

    We then get to enjoy our glorified bodies in the New Creation.

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