Thursday, April 26, 2012

Resurrection

Part 2 of a Bible study series called Heaven



"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" (Phil. 3:20-21). 


Introduction 

The apostle Paul writes, “Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For the imperishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality” (1 Cor. 15:51-53). Jesus died for both our spirits and our bodies. It is not God’s plan for us to live forever as disembodied spirits.


Discussion

The Westminster Larger Catechism states, “The self-same bodies of the dead which were laid in the grave, being then again united to their souls forever, shall be raised up by the power of Christ.” Yet many Christians don’t believe in the resurrection of the body. Why do you think this is so?

Naturally, we have many questions about our future bodies. What are some questions that you have?


Explanation 

When Christ returns, our bodies will be raised and “we will be like him” (1 John 3:2). Christ’s resurrected body is the model for ours. Read Luke 24:36-43. What does this passage tell us about the resurrected body of Jesus? 

Many Christians wonder if they will be recognizable in heaven. Read Luke 24:13-16 and John 20:11-16. Do these passages prove that Jesus was unrecognizable after his resurrection? 

You will be you in heaven. Read 1 Thess. 4:13-18. If we did not maintain our identities in heaven, how would this passage be less encouraging? 

Read 1 Cor. 15:42-44. What does this passage say about our new bodies? 


Application

Joni Eareckson Tada writes, “Somewhere in my broken, paralyzed body is the seed of what I shall be-come. The paralysis makes what I am to become all the more grand when you contrast atrophied, useless legs against splendorous resurrected legs. I’m convinced that if there are mirrors in heaven (and why not?), the image I’ll see will be unmistakably ‘Joni,’ although a much better, brighter Joni” (Heaven: Your Real Home, p. 37). How are you encouraged by the promise of a bodily resurrection?