Read David Jeremiah Devotional for October 4, 2023, Turning Point Devotional Message for Wednesday
TOPIC: Our Glorious Hope
Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior…who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body. – Philippians 3:20-21
Recommended Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:35-49
Scottish Presbyterian Robert Baillie learned in 1684 that he would be hanged for his faith, then drawn and quartered. Referring to Philippians 3:20-21, Baillie replied: “They may hack and hew my body as they please, but I know assuredly nothing will be lost, but that all these my members shall be wonderfully gathered and made like Christ’s glorious body.”
At the resurrection, the bodies of Christians will be raised and reconstituted to resemble the risen body of our Lord. When Jesus rose on Easter, He took on a body which was the prototype of the ones we’ll have throughout eternity.
Some things about His glorified body were similar to the one He had before He died. He resembled Himself; He could eat and drink; He could be touched. Yet He could pass through walls, and He appeared in various places without traveling by recognized means. His transformed body no longer aged, nor was it subject to sickness and death.
If you’re battling aches and pains now or if you’re afflicted with illness or disease, take comfort. One day you’ll have a body like His!
Christianity is the religion of the open tomb.
Roy L. Smith
Read-Thru-the-Bible: Matthew 7 – 9