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CHRISTIAN LIVING QUESTION 90
QUESTION: Will a Christian have the same body in the resurrection or at the Rapture?
The trend toward the practice of cremation among Christians is alarming. It reveals a lack of scriptural understand about the body. When God saves a sinner it is a total salvation; body, soul and spirit. The three parts of salvation are as follows:
1. Justification takes place in the spirit of man. He that was spiritually dead to God is now alive, through justification and the new birth. It is permanent.
2. Sanctification is ongoing from day to day. The life of a Christian is being continually transformed into the likeness of Christ; the Holy Spirit working in the soul (life) of a Christian.
3. Glorification is the perfecting of the Christian and basically has to do with the body, and is a future event, “...even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body”(Romans 8:23).
The body of a believer belongs to the Lord as a member of Christ (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:15). It is the temple of the Holy Spirit; it is not his own, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
The biblical example of burial goes back to Abraham, who is the father of us all (cf. Genesis 23;1).The burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus is pattern for all Christians as well, “Jesus...said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up...he spake of the temple of his body” (John 2:19, 21).The same body which died was raised again; the only difference being it was now glorified and immortalized. And it is the Lord Jesus Himself, “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21). “We shall ... all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:..” (1 Corinthians 15: 51-52.); same body, but glorified and immortalized. A Christian’s body is not destined for the flame of hell, but to be glorified. We should take care of them both in life, and in death.
Dear reader, if you are not yet saved, both body and soul will be cast into hell (cf. Matthew 10:32). Why wait, trust Christ now.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated February 8th, 2014 by Sandra Felix