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Getting the Body You've Always Wanted - Part B

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August 21, 2020 2:00 am

Getting the Body You've Always Wanted - Part B

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August 21, 2020 2:00 am

The Bible compares our life now to a seed being buried and our future resurrection to a plant growing up from that seed. In the message "Getting the Body You've Always Wanted," Skip shares what you can expect in your future.

This teaching is from the series From the Edge of Eternity.




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The body that you and I have now is made for this environment and this environment only we can handle 14 pounds of pressure per square inch. That's it. You can't go under the sea. You can't go up into the heavens unless you're in a pressurized cabin or suit your earthbound.

You live in an environment of seventy nine to 20 oxygen to nitrogen, one percent. Variant gases. That's what you can handle. But imagine in glorying, you don't need a suit. You don't need an oxygen tank, you don't need a pressurized cabin. I believe you'll be able to move transport very quickly, horizontally as well as vertically as we will see in the new Jerusalem in Revelation, Chapter 20 and 21. You'll be able to explore and saw so sown and dishonor raised in glory.

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OK, Ruby and First Corinthians, chapter fifteen for today's study. So let's join Skip Heitziged.

Next he moves on and then verse 41 two astronomy looking up into the night sky. There's one glory of the sun. Glory of the moon.

Laury of the stars. One star differs from another and glory. You look up and you see planets. You see stars. You see the moon. If you have telescopes, moons of other planets and stars in our galaxy. And if you look closely, you even see their different colors, different colors, different glories, depending on the temperature of the star. It could be yellowish or reddish or even a cold color bluish.

So they're all magnificent. Paul's point. They're all different. What does he mean by this?

Well, he could be meaning that in the kingdom, age, in glory, in heaven will be given different positions. We'll all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. We'll all receive as Christians rewards or lack thereof for what we do on Earth. In fact, we'll do a whole study on that, that in the kingdom, our position in heaven is determined by what we do here on Earth has nothing to do with salvation by works. The Bible rejects that. It's not salvation. It's your position in the kingdom. In fact, Daniel uses this very wording when he says in Daniel Chapter 12, those who are wise will shine as the brightness of the firmament. And those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.

Now it is true if you live your life to glorify God, if you make your aim, the kingdom of God, you'll never, ever regret it. You'll never regret it now. You'll never regret it a death.

You'll never regret it in heaven. You'll never look back and go. I think I did too much. Forgot. Yeah. I kind of worked too hard for that spiritual stuff. I should've spent more time on my hobbies. You'll never regret aiming at the Kingdom of God. However, I don't think that's the point. I think the point is simply, just as there are different bodies in the sky and on the earth and they all manifest a different glory. So to your resurrection body will act and look very different from this body that you have now.

I'm going to read to you what's on a tombstone. So that's kind of gross.

But it's a cool tombstone. First of all, it's Ben Franklin's tombstone. And second, he did have in his mind the grasp of physical resurrection. It says the body of Ben Franklin printer like the cover of an old book. Its contents torn out and its script of its lettering and gilding lies here.

Food for worms. But it will be is he believed to appear once more in a new and more elegant addition, corrected and improved by the author.

It's a great way of looking at physical change that will happen with the resurrection. Now, let's move on to the last section of this, and that is that the declarations that he makes two questions, three illustrations for declaration as he contrasts this body with the resurrected body.

First, 42.

So also is the resurrection of the dead. Here's the first declaration. The body is sown in corruption.

It is raised and in corruption. We we figured that out by now. We deteriorate. Have you noticed that over time we deteriorate? Even the healthiest people weaken over time. I was looking at a picture of Jack Lane the other day. Do you know that he is almost 94 years old?

And you know what? He looks really good. But but Jack Lane, the godfather of fitness, almost 94. He looks good, but he doesn't look as good as Jack LaLanne used to look.

So I've heard people as they look at his picture, boy, is what they say. He looks good for ninety four. Now, if he looks like he does today at 34, people wouldn't say he looks all that good.

Here's the point. Even the healthiest people weaken over time. And that deterioration, that corruption. Pekoe, I see it. I remember graphically what it was like when I would visit my parents and then the visits would lengthen and time I wouldn't see them for a long time. And I remember visiting them after a long time away. And my brother was there. He turned to me, goes. Have you noticed how old Mom and Dad are starting to look? See, now our kids are saying that about us.

You don't know it, but they're doing that. Or you look at an old picture of yourself. Right. And you notice the difference. And once you get over that, I can't believe I had that hairdo back then in the 80s or that shirt, you know. Yeah. When do you get past that? You just look at the difference of how you look physically.

It's quite a difference.

I was speaking to a buddy last week. He goes to this fellowship and Al was telling me that he was dropping his kids off for a sporting event and he was picking them up later on it as he went in to pick up his his girls. He walked into the room where all the kids were. Against one side of the wall and he looked at the group and he noticed an older rounder man.

He thought, that looks weird, looks out of place because he thought it was my. Who's the old fat guy? He said, as I looked across the room, I noticed that the kids were up against a mirror.

It was me. I was looking across the room and I saw the kids and in their midst my reflection. The old fat guy was me. He said. He said what a wakeup call that was sown in corruption, raised in corruption. You know that in glory no one will ever comment on your age.

You know, you start getting comments by people after a certain year. Boy, you're looking really good. Now, they never said that when you're 20, you're looking really good. So I guess for your age. Nobody will ever comment on boy.

The years are taking their toll on you. In fact, get this. You ready in 20 million years, you'll look better then than you do right now. Hallelujah for that. Look down a verse 53 for this corruptible must put on in corruption and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on end corruption and this mortal has put on immortality, that's your physical resurrection then shall be brought to pass. The saying that is written death is swallowed up in victory o death. Is your. Oh Haiti's. Where is your victory.

Now, look at the second declaration made by Paul in our versus it is sown in dishonor. That is shame. It has raised in glory, verse 43.

There is nothing majestic about a dead body. Fact just the opposite. When a person dies, they quickly put a sheet over the body to hide the gaping, gazing, staring eyes to look at the shame. When a when when a person expires, when a person dies, they lose all muscle function. I mean, all muscle function. It would be like the most embarrassing moment of your life if you were alive. That's shameful.

There's the disgrace. And so the body is is covered up immediately. It's not a flattering event. I mean, we get embarrassed now when people see us without makeup or, you know, I don't have the right tan.

I don't want to wear shorts. I'll wait. You know, all of that stuff when you die. They see it all. And so we are Soane in shame, dishonor. But we raised in glory.

The body that you and I have now is made for this environment and this environment only we can handle 14 pounds of pressure per square inch. That's it. You can't go under the sea. You can't go up into the heavens unless you're in a pressurized cabin or suit your earthbound.

You live in an environment of seventy nine to 20 oxygen to nitrogen with one percent of variant gases. That's what you can handle.

But imagine in glory you don't need a suit. You don't need an oxygen tank. You don't need a pressurized cabin. I believe you'll be able to move transport very quickly, horizontally as well as vertically as we will see in the New Jerusalem and Revelation, Chapter 20 and 21. You'll be able to explore and soar. And so sewn in this honor, raised in glory. That's the second declaration. Here's the third. It is sewn in weakness.

It is raised in power. That's the third contrast. I get more impressed with how susceptible we are, how vulnerable we are, you know, on one hand we get pretty strong and we can withstand an auto accident. We can lift weights and live through a lot. And yet one single germ were flat on our backs.

One little microbe were wiped out. I read an article just the other day about allergies in the United States of America. And they say that we are actually weakening our children's immune systems year by year by keeping them away from germs that you and I were exposed to when we were kids. And what they said is, if you want to stop allergies, then start exposing your kids to pets and dirt early, because the scientists are telling us that you program a child's immune system early on. That's when you program it. And if you don't program it right, they'll develop allergies later on.

It's amazing how weak and susceptible and vulnerable we can become.

You've never read the book by Johnny Eriks and TARTA called HL7. I recommended to you. Now here's a lady who was paralyzed at a young age or early adult life or teenage life from a diving accident. She's paralyzed from the neck down. She's a strong believer, wonderful woman.

She's had a long time to think about her glorified resurrected body and one of her classic moments in the book.

She writes this one day, no more bulging middles or balding tops, no varicose veins, no crow's feet, no more cellulite or support hose. Forget thunder thighs and hiway hips. I would never say that only a woman could write those words. And she continues. Just a quick leap frog over the tombstone. And it's the body you've always dreamed of. Fit, trim, smooth and sleek.

Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? That's an extreme makeover. The resurrection. Look at the last contrast. The last declaration, verse 44. It is sound a natural body. It has raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body. Now, please don't misunderstand. Because some people will read that verse and misery didn't go Aha. I knew it. See, we do continue only as a spirit after death. Here we have a physical body. Then it will be spiritual. Please finish reading that little phrase. Why do you emphasize the adjective and not the noun? The adjective is spiritual.

The noun is what body. It's a body, but it's spiritual. But it's a body that denotes form, function, physicality.

You see, your resurrected body will be spiritual, just like we refer to this book as a spiritual book. That mean it's not real. It's non corporeal. It's immaterial. It's a real physical book, but it's spiritually oriented. It's spiritual in nature. It's dominated by the things of the spirit. We talk about a person being a spiritual person. Does that mean that they lack physicality? This means that they're spiritually dominated. So you have a natural body dominated by the flesh in this life. You'll have a super natural that's a better translation body in the resurrection, dominated by the things of the spirit, not susceptible to temptation, not susceptible to sin, spiritual body.

Well, this then is the body you've always dreamed of. This is internal. This is the extreme makeover, this is heavenly Botox. Yes. Is eternal liposuction. This is a forever physique. That's the resurrected body. A couple of quick questions to tag at the end of this.

What about an infant or an elderly person? If a guy dies at one hundred and eight? Will he look one hundred and eight forever? Would that not be like the ultimate bummer? Or an infant to always stay an infant or somebody who loses a limb to be that way? And the resurrection? I don't believe so. Now, let me take you back. When God first created Adam. And so here you have placed in the garden a fully grown prime age adult.

The next day. How old was Adam? One day old, right? Did he look one day old? Do you look like a baby? You look like an infant? No. He looked like full grown adult in the prime of his life. He had a parent age. Right. Can now go to our bodies now. And are our DNA in our cells work such that you reach a certain developmental peak and then it's all downhill after that?

There's anabolic growth when anabolic growth is exceeded by catabolic growth. Breakdown. Right before that peak. That's that's your prime. Subprime.

We don't know exactly when that is at somewhere between your 20s and your 30s. There's debate on that. I remember when I was in college and medical training and I was 19 going on 20 and one doctor said, you are right now at your peak development.

It's all downhill after this. I thought, get him away from me. But it is true, there is a peak and I believe in the resurrection that each person will be at their peak. Genetic development as the genetic code in you, your peak in life. So I don't think you'll forever be an infant or a preemie or an old person, as it says in Revelation 21. The old order of things has passed away.

Everything's new.

A second question that comes up is cremation. And I get this question asked me a lot and more and more, because now 30 percent of Americans cremate their loved ones after death for environmental reasons or for personal emotional reasons or for economic reasons and creeps other people out.

I remember doing a funeral well as we were putting one corpse in the ground 20 feet away, there was a crematorium roaring with its fires burning up. It was a really, really kind of a weird experience. So what about it?

What about Croot cremating and the resurrection?

Well, if you look in the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Bible seems to favor burial. It always does. It talks about burying people. And that's because that was their statement of faith, of I believe, in the resurrection of the dead. Just as I am planting this person in the ground, I believe that person will be raised. You see, it was the pantheistic and the pagan cultures that burned the dead.

And that's the illustration here. A seed goes into the ground. Now, having said that, OK, let's push that. Aside from having said that. Don't for a minute think that it's like too hard for God to resurrect a cremated person or that you get demerits if you're cremated. You know what happens when a person dies? All of them decay.

You dig up a corpse in 100 years and look any different than somebody who's been cremated. Cremation will do in three hours, but it takes nature 30 years to do. It just speeds up the process.

But none of this nonsense. But what about the resurrection? How has gotten in? The guys are like overall the whole state. And you see how silly that is.

Isn't your God the creator, OK? Can't the creator be the resurrected? You think it's any harder for God to resurrect molecules than to make people in the first place? Right. If you can believe the first verse of the Bible, the rest is pretty easy. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. You can do that. I think he can pull off resurrection. No, you.

So what a ride we're on in four.

What a future.

A year ago. Just a little over a year ago, I sat at my mother's bedside as she was in a very debilitated, deteriorating condition physically. Just before she died, she was always on her feet, always vibrant, always cooking breakfast. Always happy, always laughing.

But not this time.

This time she was dying and I sat at her bedside and all of the boys were there.

She reached such a debilitated state physically that she could not even respond at all. And her breathing was labored. And you could hear the choking going on in the lungs filling with fluid. And I'm watching and hearing and monitoring. I've got to read scripture tour in those final hours. And I remember I said to her, mom, you know, we're all here and we all love you. She couldn't respond. But what was amazing to me is she responded to the next statement I made. It's like she mustered up all of the strength to respond to this statement after I said, you know, we love you. No response. I said, Mom, you know, Jesus loves you with all of the strength she gave that final approval. She would nodding your head up and down. I know that. And I thought of the resurrection. I thought this is the last time I'll ever see Mom in that condition. Next time I see her, it won't be in dishonor, it'll be an honor. It won't be an interruption will be an in corruption and glory. And what a body she will have. And you will have. And no wonder Paul says we don't sorrow like people who have no hope. And our hope isn't to be disembodied spirits. Our hope is to be resurrected beings. Body joined with soul, the same body, but very different as different as a seed and a flower or different. So if I were to go back to the poll that was asked. What is the one thing in your life you want to change? I hope the answer would be something like, I want to invest in something that will outlast me. I want to invest in something that will outlast me. Everybody dies. Everybody so far and at the truth, there's just only been a couple of exceptions in the Bible that we read about. Everybody dies.

Everybody will be resurrected. Now, the flip side of all that we've talked about this week in the last few weeks is that unbelievers will also be resurrected and given bodies that will be suitable to endure everlasting torment.

Even as you will be given bodies to endure, everlasting, not endure or enjoy everlasting life. So it means that right here, in this interim time, we put all of our stack, all of our hopes and marbles in just this life.

This is where we make choices that really matter forever. If you ever made a choice to follow Jesus Christ to have your sins forgiven.

And to let him give you the package deal, which is a lot more than just temporary peace and joy and purpose. The package deal is all that we've been talking about. It's only just begun.

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