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There is a natural curiosity, even skepticism, among many people about the idea of a physical, bodily resurrection at the return of Christ. How is the resurrection body going to work? Paul points out in this passage that nature already bears witness to resurrection truths. For instance, seeds growing into plants bears witness to the Lord's power to transform physical bodies. Creatures in nature give witness to the potential for different bodies for different purposes. Also, the heavenly bodies (e.g. sun, moon, stars) bear witness to the principle of different degrees of glory for different kinds of bodies. All of these illustrations point to the fact a bodily resurrection is not so farfetched. For, the resurrection body will not simply be a resuscitated corpse. Instead, the Lord will transform the bodies of those who are in Christ. These new kinds of bodies will be suitable for a new kind of life in the coming age. These bodies will be imperishable, glorious, not limited by inability, and supernatural. The pattern and source for this new life is Christ Himself. Given that Paul has made such an effort to explain the bodily resurrection, it stands to reason that your body matters. God made people with physical bodies, and they are an essential part of the divinely designed human experience. So, take care of your natural body, since it is a temple and a vessel for the Lord. Ask yourself, is your physical condition an asset or liability to God's will in your life? If it is a liability, is there anything you can do about that? Also, look forward to your resurrection body. Pain reminds us that we are alive, but not as alive as we're going to be after the resurrection. Be comforted by this truth and spurred on to live with an eternal perspective.
New Life OSU Pastor Ed Traverse shares from Romans 12 and real life experience about what is a reasonable response.
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