One Final Change

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’ ” (John 11:25-26).

“And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power” (1 Corinthians 6:14).

This week, we considered the work of God in changing us little by little throughout life. But God will perform yet another work in the future with glorious results. Let’s review what’s happened to man since the Garden of Eden.

Adam and Eve were created perfect, but with the capability of sinning. They chose to disobey God, and plunged the human race into sin and depravity. Jesus Christ came to earth, lived a perfect life, and died for our sins. He was buried, but then arose victoriously and ascended to heaven to sit at the Father’s right hand. Jesus left His followers with a wonderful promise: As He arose, so they will, too.

The resurrection body comes with power of its own; in fact, it’s likened to Christ’s own glorious body:

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 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” (Philippians 3:20-21).

This body comes with many benefits that we did not experience with our present mortal bodies. We will never contract an illness again, nor will we ever die because God will have abolished death (Revelation 21:4). Whereas Adam and Eve were created perfect with the possibility of sinning, we will no longer be subject to the evil one’s temptations, nor will we have to cope with a fallen, sinful nature. God will make our bodies and souls perfect, incapable of decay or death.

After all this, God will do one more thing: He will eternally remove the curse from the ground. In fact, nothing in heaven will be accursed (Revelation 22:3). While some of the precise conditions remain a mystery and await fulfillment, every Christian can and should rejoice in hope looking forward to the new heavens and earth:

“But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13).

While we wait for Christ to return with these glorious promises, let’s eagerly serve Him with all of our being. His promises will not be delayed, and should fill our hearts with joy inexpressible and full of glory.

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