Leslie M. John
“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’.” 1 Corinthians 15:54
Apostle Paul writes of our present condition of our bodies and the future state of them, in the presence of our savior, for ever and ever. In his 2nd epistle 5th chapter to Corinthians he writes great comforting verses that our sufferings in this body are nothing in comparison to the glorious body that we will have in future in eternity. He writes in order that we may increase in our knowledge of the Truth and know the true God, our only Savior Lord Jesus Christ. Such comforting words help us build our hope in our Savior Lord Jesus Christ
Peter, an apostle of Lord Jesus Christ, also infuses great confidence and hope in us that our future life after death is not bleak, but of having received righteousness of God and our savior, we will put off our earthly tabernacle, which is our body. Peter was foretold of his death by the Lord Himself.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (John 21:18 ESV)
When Jesus spoke of the manner in which Peter was to die it was not that Peter did not know of his future natural death; but that the knowledge that he acquired from Lord Jesus was of the manner in which he would face his last days on this earth before his death. Knowledge of such truth will build our faith and hope in the Lord.
God made us with dust and dust that we are; our bodies will return to dust. Our bodies that are made of dust are presently the abode of our soul which, in future, will occupy a building of God not made with hands. The house of God that houses our soul and our soul is eternal in the heavens. We presently groan not because we will be unclothed of our present bodies but in order that “mortality might be swallowed up of life”; a state which we achieve as to have immortal bodies after the mortal bodies are destroyed. Our bodies in eternity will be clothed with the house which is from heaven; and surely we will not be naked but be clothed with glorious bodies.
Apostle Paul wrote earlier that the redeemed soul that we have in this perishable body is a treasure.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV)
Lord Jesus Christ paid the price for our salvation that we may not die spiritual death, but rise from the dead just as He rose from the dead in His glorious body. He promised everlasting life to us and that promise is like a deposit made on our behalf of the sure blessings that we inherit. Such earnest is a guarantee that we will possess glorious bodies, as pleasing to the Lord, to be in His presence always to serve Him as His priests and kings.
Even as we live on this earth absence of the physical presence of our Lord we are confident that will see Him face to face one day. We stand before the throne of God to receive our rewards in heaven according to the works that we do for the Lord on this earth.
Faith is the substance of things that we hope for and the evidence of those things that we have not yet seen.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1)
“Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and ye have believed’.” John 20:29