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We Will Be Like Him

The angels in heaven have bodies far different from ours, and the beauty and the glory of their bodies is different from the beauty and the glory of ours. The sun has one kind of glory while the moon and stars have another kind. And the stars differ from each other in their beauty and brightness.

In the same way, our earthly bodies which die and decay are different from the bodies we shall have when we come back to life again, for they will never die. The bodies we have now embarrass us, for they become sick and die; but they will be full of glory when we come back to life again. Yes, they are weak, dying bodies now, but when we live again they will be full of strength. They are just human bodies at death, but when they come back to life they will be superhuman bodies. For just as there are natural, human bodies, there are also supernatural, spiritual bodies.

The Scriptures tell us that the first man, Adam, was given a natural, human body but Christ is more than that, for he was life-giving Spirit.

First, then, we have these human bodies, and later on God gives us spiritual, heavenly bodies. Adam was made from the dust of the earth, but Christ came from heaven above. Every human being has a body just like Adam’s, made of dust, but all who become Christ’s will have the same kind of body as his—a body from heaven. Just as each of us now has a body like Adam’s, so we shall some day have a body like Christ’s.

1 Corinthians 15:40-49 Living Bible (TLB)

The great mystery of God has yet to be revealed. Even as we try to understand how it will be through studying God's Word, we are only allowed a glimpse into the future we are promised through Jesus Christ. In following Him, our faith and trust are being strengthened without total understanding. We are learning to believe and abide in Christ without fully knowing why. Adam failed miserably at this when he was given everything in the Garden but allowed the enemy to tempt him into disobeying that one command that changed everything. Surely, God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, knew what Adam would do and Jesus was with Him even then. Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us." (Genesis 1:26). And so it began.

Yet, we all came later and Jesus still had to give his life to save us from sin. We have now been given the Holy Spirit to guide, instruct, protect, counsel and comfort us until Jesus returns to perfect us. We now have God's Word written for our reference and on our hearts, and the promise of eternal life with Christ to all who would believe and follow Him. We now have a Savior who died to give us a chance to get this right and One who intercedes for us daily as we trust in Him. We can now be obedient to God's command to love without trying to figure it out and give Him thanks for knowing we would need His help to finally get it done and for loving us enough to wait for us to do it. It was never our plan. It is His.

Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. (1John 3:2)

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