Heaven (Part 37) - Resurrected Bodies (Part B), Scars, Tree of Life


Heaven (Part 37) - Resurrected Bodies (Part B), Scars, Tree of Life E. They will be immortal (1Co 15:53). i. Immortality n. - 1. The quality or condition of being immortal; exemption from death or annihilation; endless life or existence; eternity; perpetuity. ii. Our resurrected bodies will never die and will enjoy endless life in the new earth (Luk 20:36). F. They will have no pain (Rev 21:4). i. We will never again experience aches and pains. ii. Nor will we suffer mental or emotional pain (Isa 25:8; Isa 65:19). G. Our resurrected bodies will be made like unto Jesus Christ's glorious body (1Co 15:49; 1Jo 3:2; Rom 8:29; Php 3:21). i. Jesus' resurrected body was still His original body (Luk 24:1-7). ii. It was not a different body, nor was it a spirit (Luk 24:39). iii. Our resurrected bodies, as Jesus' body is, will be spiritual bodies (1Co 15:44); but those spiritual bodies are bodies, not spirits (Luk 24:39). a. Body n. - I. The material frame of man (and animals). 1. a. The physical or material frame or structure of man or of any animal: the whole material organism viewed as an organic entity. b. often contrasted with the soul. c. The corporeal or material nature or state of man, the material body and its properties. III. Personal being, individual. 12. a. The material being of man, as the sign and tangible part of his individuality, taken for the whole; the person. Chiefly in legal phrases. b. A spiritual body is a body which is incorruptible, glorious, holy, undefiled, and devoted entirely to God and spiritual things. c. Consider the following physical, material things which are called "spiritual": (i) A "spiritual man" is still a physical man, not a spirit (Hos 9:7; 1Co 2:15; 1Co 14:37; Gal 6:1). (ii) "Spiritual songs" are physically sung (Col 3:16). (iii) "Spiritual sacrifices" are physical things (1Pe 2:5 c/w Heb 13:15-16 c/w Rom 12:1). iv. Jesus' resurrected body had superhuman capabilities such as: a. walking through walls (Joh 20:19, 26). b. changing forms (Mar 16:12; Luk 24:13-35; Joh 20:14-16). c. vanishing and appearing (Luk 24:31, 36). v. Our resurrected bodies which will be "fashioned like unto his glorious body" (Php 3:21) and will "be like him" (1Jo 3:2) may very well possess the superhuman capabilities that Jesus' resurrected body had on earth. 59. Will we have the scars on our resurrected bodies which we have on our current bodies? (Judy) A. Some people believe that Jesus' body still bears the scars from the nails in His hands and feet (Joh 20:27). i. Since Jesus is the firstfruits of the resurrection (1Co 15:23), and our resurrected bodies will be made like His (Php 3:21), will we have scars on our resurrected bodies like Jesus had on His? ii. It is very unlikely that Jesus' body currently has the scars on it which it received when He was crucified. iii. The following points will support this assertion. B. In His resurrected body, Jesus is fairer than the children of men (Psa 45:2, 6-7). i. Fair adj. - 1. Beautiful to the eye; of pleasing form or appearance; good-looking. ii. Jesus was not fair prior to His death (Isa 53:2). iii. Therefore, Jesus looks far different and better than He did when he walked the earth. iv. Consider that it was not just Jesus' hands and feet that were scarred: His face was marred more than any man's (Isa 52:14). a. Visage n. - 1. The face, the front part of the head, of a person (rarely of an animal). b. Marred ppl. - c. Disfigured, mutilated. v. A man with a severely marred face would not be called fair, let alone fairer than all other men. vi. This is good evidence that Jesus does not still have scars on His face and body. C. What about the scars on His hands, feet, and side which He showed to His disciples? i. Jesus appeared in different forms to His disciples (Mar 16:12 c/w Luk 24:13-35; Joh 20:14-16). ii. It could have been that Jesus appeared to the disciples with the marks on His hands, feet, and side for the purpose of proving to them that He was resurrected to overcome their unbelief (Luk 24:36-40; Joh 20:20, 24-29). iii. Appearing with the scars on His body most likely was a miraculous sign which Jesus did in the presence of His disciples to prove His resurrection (Joh 20:30). a. Joh 20:30 says that Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples. b. This was stated immediately after Jesus showed Thomas the prints in His hands and feet (Joh 20:24-29). D. If Jesus' body doesn't have scars on it, then it would stand to reason that our resurrected bodies will not either. i. If we retain our scars, then we would retain all of them. ii. This would mean that a person that had his hand cut off in an accident would be handless in heaven. iii. This would mean that a man that had his face burnt off would have a hideous looking face for all eternity. iv. Thank God that's not the case. 60. What does it mean, "I will give to eat of the tree of life?" (Rev 2:7) (Karen) A. The tree of life is in paradise (Rev 2:7) which is in heaven where Christ is (2Co 12:2, 4 c/w Luk 23:43). B. After the second coming of Christ, it will be in the new Jerusalem on the new earth (Rev 22:1-2; Rev 21:1-2). C. Those that overcome the trials and temptations of this life have the evidence and assurance that they will be in heaven when they die and will partake of the tree of life (Rev 2:7). D. The fruit and leaves of the tree of life are for the sustenance and the healing of the saints which will enable them to live forever in heaven (Rev 22:2 c/w Gen 3:22). E. See Section X, 53, N - What will the New Jerusalem be like? for more information on the tree of life.
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