What will our glorified bodies look like?

What will our glorified bodies look like? from Compelling Truth

The Bible does not completely explain the details regarding the glorified bodies of believers, but does provide some information about what to expect. First Corinthians 15:42-53 offers perhaps the most detailed look at this topic.

First Corinthians 15:42 notes, “what is raised is imperishable.” In other words, the glorified body of believers will be eternal and never decay. Verse 43 states the new body will be glorious: “It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory.” Verse 43b adds, “It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.” The glorified body will be far more powerful than our comparably “weak” earthly body. Verse 44 includes that our new body will be spiritual: “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.” We will not merely be skin and bones and blood and cells. The new body will have new abilities. Perhaps this will include some of the powers Jesus exhibited in His resurrected body, such as the ability to appear through a locked door (John 20:19) or the ability to rapidly appear in one location and then in another (as Jesus did in appearing on the road to Emmaus and then quickly being among the apostles that evening). Verse 49 includes that we will bear the image of the man of heaven (Jesus): “Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” Our new body will reflect His image.

Revelation 21:4 includes the absence of sorrow and pain: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” The human physical and emotional pains experienced in this world will no longer exist. Instead, human joy, peace, and love will be made perfect, removing the curse of sin and death.

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Revelation 22:4 notes the final state of believers will in some way include God’s name on the forehead: “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.” Whether this is a hat or mark or takes another form is not clear, yet just as those who took the mark of the beast worshiped the beast, so those marked by God will worship God in a new body provided by Him.

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