by Dr. Charles Stanley
Friday April 14, 2006
Raised in Glory
Our earthly bodies resemble Adam’s, in that they harbor corrupt minds and stained souls. Even the redeemed struggle with malfunctioning physiology and the temptation of old habits. But for those belonging to Christ, resurrection will change everything. Our body will be changed to be like His — one that is raised imperishable, in glory and power.
Raised Imperishable. Our earthly body is attacked by many natural predators, like pain and age. The pessimistic adage that we are dying every minute bears some truth. The good news is that, though our resurrected body will spring from this weak one, our new form will be indestructible — disease cannot rack organs, disability cannot incapacitate limbs, and death cannot touch us. Believers will be like Jesus, who was the first to return to life, never to die again.
Raised in Glory. In our current state, we must battle the flesh’s natural inclination away from God. Though we are created in His image, even faithful men and women are an imperfect likeness. But our new bodies, which will be without blemish, will reflect His glory.
Raised in Power. Man is far too frail to conquer the grave, a fact that leaves many people frightened of an unknown end. However, the believer’s eternal existence and resurrected body are built not on human weakness, but on God’s supernatural power. The same authority that raised Jesus from death will draw our body from its resting place to live forever.
When we are raised, we’ll bear the image of our Savior. Rejoice that the believer’s physical struggles are temporary.
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