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Have you noticed that a lot of popular portrayals of heaven or of life after death are a bit mundane? Sometimes, they picture a person in a white robe with wings, often sitting on a cloud and strumming a harp. At other times, they are portrayed as having a body much like the one they had before death, although they may be able to walk through walls or have special power. You know, like Clarence in the film It’s a Wonderful Life.
I think these ideas miss the mark. Listen to 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.” (NIV)
Notice how different the resurrected body is? It will not decay or grow old. It will not be subject to frailty and weakness, but will be raised in power. It will also be more glorious than what we have now. I like to think of this as the difference between flower seeds and the beautiful blooms they produce! Today, we have a body suited to life on this earth. But the resurrected body will be suited to life eternal!
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Bumper music “Landing Place” performed by Mark July, used under license from Shutterstock.