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“Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”

 

This passage describes two changes in our physical body at death or the rapture. Our bodies will be “transformed” and “conformed.”

“Who will transform our lowly body”

At Christ’s return He will “transform” the Christian’s mortal body so that it will conform to the resurrection body. The word “transform” means to change in fashion. The outward appearance is changed. At this transformation these bodies of ours will be free from sin. Our outer casing will change at the rapture or resurrection of the body.

“Lowly body” is body of lowliness. This term calls attention to the weakness of the body. Presently our bodies are susceptible to disease, fatigue, age, accident, and death. Our bodies were made low by the fall of Adam. Adam’s mind before the fall functioned perfectly but afterward became disabled. As a result, all Adam’s sons carry imperfect bodies with them every day. This body humiliates us.

All of that will change at the rapture of living believers and the resurrection of those who previously died. These bodies will be transformed into “glorified” bodies that will reflect life in eternity. We will trade in this body for a resurrected body. In the meantime we need to take care of it; it must last until the resurrection. It is like maintaining a garden. If we do not weed regularly, weeds will take over the garden. If we do not take care of the body, the “weeds” will take over. This body is a mortal body. It is dying while we live. Those of us who have passed 30 know it. We get an inkling of it when we pass 20. We know it for sure when we pass 40!!

The first resurrection (for believers) and the rapture take place at the same time. There will be no glorified body for those without Christ. They are stuck with the body they have.

PRINCIPLE: 

Our physical bodies have a glorious future beginning at the first resurrection.

APPLICATION: 

Although our bodies are subject to sin, disease, and death, they have a glorious future. We have a body of humiliation at the present time. It humiliates us! It loses teeth and hair. Eyes dim. Limbs lose their function. It is humiliating to die. However, there is a difference between humiliation and glory. In the future we are going to have a body of glory. It will be like the glorified, resurrected body of the Lord Jesus.

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