Jesus was seen to bear the scars of his crucifixion. This seems somewhat puzzling, but may be seen in the following light. That He was the only man ever to overcome physical death and become the creation that God intended. [The first fruits] He is the only man who will ever do that, to perfect flesh and blood. And the scars were proof of His resurrection.

Before he was resurrected, he was immortalised. The body He took to the grave did not decay, but it (He) had been perfected of its (His) humanity prior to death, when He “gave up His spirit” (His life). His heart stopped beating, His blood stopped flowing, but life remained. He was no longer “mortal”. Then after that He left the tomb, “resurrected.”

It was in this state that he was seen by the disciples, before His ascension. “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended..”  This suggest that He was in some sort of in between state, that though “resurrected”, He was perhaps not in the final form in which He was to “sit at the right hand of the Father”. It is doubtful that those scars will remain?? [“We shall see Him as He is” suggests a final revelation].

He had not been recognised by those who saw Him. Either at the tomb, on the road, and presumably when “Doubting Thomas” saw Him in the room. His appearance was different to His earthly appearance. Yet he had the scars. He ate and drank. He walked through walls.

The new body that we are given will be the one that “comes down from Heaven”. It will not be the same as it started. It will be a composite of  that which we have done while on the earth. “I know that my redeemer lives, and in my flesh I will see God.”  If this means that those who are resurrected are resurrected as flesh and blood, then they will have to subsequently be changed to their new “spiritual body” form. This indicates that a transformation (immortality) will occur after “rising from the grave”, and before they are “taken up”. Unless the process is different to this and is all encompassed in “Resurrection” as something to be understood to be all inclusive of specific detail.

“It does not yet appear what we shall be, but when He appears we will be like him, for we will see him as He is“.  [Not  as he was] “The body that is sown is not….”

“””The dead in Christ will rise first. That they should not be perfected without us. He will bring with Him those that sleep in Him. Then those who are still alive will be caught up with them in the clouds.”””

WE are going to be “clothed with our heavenly dwelling”. We are storing up for ourselves (“In Heaven”) either “wrath” or reward…..  We will be met by one or the other when we meet Him….


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