From the Beginning

A STORY OF "TIME" by Trevor Topsfield

Eternal Bodies

Life after death for the believers in Jesus Christ; what will it be like?

It will begin with a new body, and just as well because the old one, the one handed down from Adam is sinful, (Romans 6:6) and it affects our whole being so we as a complete person are sinful. Because anything non-perfect has a limited life span it was never going to last any length of time, in fact as a general rule three score years and ten (70) is the allotted time, four score (80) if you are strong. (Psalm 90:10)

Regardless of the length of our life here on earth everyone will have had time to make their decision concerning Jesus Christ and settle their eternal prospects.

For the believer our new body has to be perfect; it will need to be if it is to last forever and its perfection will guarantee it will never have an illness. There is an added advantage having a perfect body which is it has a perfect influence on our soul.

Our soul which God made is perfect, our new body will be perfect and we have decided to accept God’s authority concerning the standard required in Heaven. Perfection is everywhere and in all things, even Heaven will be perfect. But the best is still to be mentioned, our contact with God will be Jesus Christ who is the love of God personified. Jesus Christ will rule over us forever and to add another perfection to all these other perfections is it will never end.

How do we get a perfect body? Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians Chapter15 starting at Verse 35 explains how it is done. Our old body is like a seed and the seed is sown, and from that seed a new one grows.

Old Body                                                       New Body

Perishable                                                       Imperishable

Dishonour                                                       Glory

Weakness                                                       Power

Natural                                                            Spiritual (1Corinthians 15:42-44)

Salvation takes on a whole new meaning to life, eternity with Jesus Christ is not just better it will be completely different in ways we have no frame of reference.

But what will our body look like?

If we are compared to angels, then in our present form we are inferior. (Hebrews 1:6+7)

However in the conflict between God and Satan, God is going to take the lesser and convert it into the greater. Satan on the other hand has taken the perfect and brought about its destruction.

Every angel who followed Satan has become a demon with the glory of their creation changed into a dark and ugly image of their former self. God in contrast is transforming us into his likeness, going from what we are now to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Our eternal bodies will be the ultimate. Jesus Christ is the first to receive his and from the time the Jews left Egypt they have commemorated the day this would happen with the Feast of the Firstfruits. Then there will come a time when every believer will get one, Jesus was the first as a result of his death on the Cross. Everyone who has taken advantage of all he has achieved will get theirs at a later date.

Jesus Christ is God and even though he is seated at the Father’s right hand as I write this story, he looks like God. Adam was created in the image of God, but ate the fruit from the wrong tree which caused him to be somewhat different. Jesus Christ remedied the situation so that we might become as we were created, in the image of God.

Does The Bible give a description of God?

Thankfully the answer appears to be yes.

In the beginning of the Book of Ezekiel, Ezekiel tells what he saw in a windstorm that appears to be a vision of Heaven. There were four living creatures of very unusual shapes. None appear to share slightest resemblance to man so they have to be a type of angel. High above these four creatures was an expanse that looked like a throne of sapphire and above the throne was figure of someone that looked like a man.

A man! Someone in such an exalted place looking like a man has at least one of the attributes of what we know of God because we look like him. But there are more details that rules out man as a mere mortal.

The person on the throne (where we would expect to find God) looked like glowing metal from the waist up as though he was full of fire. From the waist down he looked like fire.

There was a brilliant light surrounding him and the radiance he produced was like a rainbow contrasting a cloudy and rainy day.

This appeared to Ezekiel as the likeness of the Glory of the Lord. (Ezekiel Chapter 1)

This is the closest I can find to the appearance of God.

We as believers are to reflect the Lord’s glory, while now we might be a long way from what Ezekiel saw in the windstorm. Jesus Christ’s eternal body is the same, his is the first and thank God there will be millions more like his when our time comes.

Trevor Topsfield


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