“For we know,” Paul writes to the church in Corinth, ” that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.” 2 Corinthians 5:1,2 NLT

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Paul makes it quite clear that, in heaven, we will not be some sort of disembodied spirits: we will have new bodies, made for us by God Himself. In the poetic language of the prophet of old, we shall “mount up on wings as eagles”; we shall “run and not be weary”; we shall “walk and not faint.”

Perhaps one of the best examples of the resurrection body was Jesus Himself. His disciples were gathered in a room, behind locked doors; suddenly, Jesus Himself was in their midst. He was a real, solid person, too. Thomas could actually touch His hands and His side, and Jesus ate fish and honeycomb. He was not burdened with the limitations of a purely human body however; the locked doors and the walls presented no barrier at all to Him.

Whatever your condition in this life– whether you are young, active, and healthy or not; whether you live a life of suffering, or a life of relative ease– God Himself has a new body in store for you. It is a wonderful body, made, Paul says, like His own. It is something we cannot properly imagine, but we can certainly look forward to it with great anticipation!

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