Ecclesiasties 12:7, Job 29:25-26, Philippeans 3:21
What does the Bible say about resurrection?
One day at church, an elderly member of mine was picking up her grandson from catechism class and she asked me: “what does it mean when we talk about resurrection? I always imagined that heaven would be kind of like a dream and that we’d be like spirits or ghosts living with God forever.”
I decided to point her to the Bible to Ecclesiastes 12 verse 7 which says this:
The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. –Ecclesiastes 12:7
I told her that the Bible is describing what death is like for the believer. That our body and soul separate our soul goes to be with God in heaven and our body is buried in the ground.
However, it doesn’t remain that way. In fact, the Scriptures tell us that on the last day Christ shall return and raise our bodies our same flesh up and reunite them with our souls and we shall live with God forever in heaven. I pointed her to Job chapter verses 25 and 26:
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! –Job 19:25-26
job is clearly testifying to the belief and the truth that on the last day Christ shall return in glory and raise our same bodies, though they have decomposed in the ground, yet he’s going to bring that body, those dust and ashes, back to life.
We need look no further than Christ’s resurrection to get a glimpse of our own. As the Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians chapter 3 verse 21:
(the Lord Jesus Christ) will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. –Philippeans 3:21
What a comfort enjoy to know that heaven is much more than a dream. Yes we shall live forever with God in heaven both body and soul with new and glorious bodies transformed to be like Christ’s own body. Oh how we look forward to that day when we shall see him face to face in life eternal. Amen.