What The Resurrection Means for Us #4: We Shall Be Like Him
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is - 1 John 3:2
Already we are the children of God by that inward life that we have: “Christ in us the hope of glory.” But that is not yet fully manifest in our external person. That will only happen when Jesus comes and is manifested in His glory. Then we will be like Him. We will receive a body like His. We shall be like Him because we shall see Him as He is. There will be a revelation of the resurrected, glorified Christ to the believers who are waiting for Him that will be transforming in its power. It will transform those mortal bodies into immortal bodies, those weak bodies into strong bodies, those bodies of humiliation into bodies of glory, those corruptible bodies into incorruptible bodies.
Finally, it will be a body of the same order as that of Jesus when He was resurrected:
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly [vile] body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself - Philippians 3:20–21
Notice that these words are only true of those who are expecting the Lord Jesus to return. Paul speaks about our lowly, vile body but the Greek actually says, “The body of our humiliation.” Our bodies have borne the humiliation of the consequences of our sin. We live in a body that continually reminds us of our weakness and limitations. It reminds us that things are not the way that God originally planned they should be. And because of the humiliation, we are reminded of our sin. No matter how wealthy or beautiful a person might be, their body always reminds them of that humiliation: it perspires, it has to eliminate waste, and it is subject to sickness. But thanks be to God, there is this promise that if we are looking for Jesus Christ, when He appears—when we actually see Him—we will be transformed into the likeness of the body of His glory. We will share His glory even in our physical body. And Paul says, and take these words to heart, “. . . according to the working by which He [Jesus] is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”
Do you believe that? Do you believe that Jesus can subdue all things to Himself? Even these weak, corruptible, frail bodies of ours will be subdued and brought into the likeness of His glorious body.
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