1 John 3:2… “Yes, dear friends, we are already God’s children, and we can’t even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when he comes we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is” (NLT).
Philippians 3:20-21… “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take these weak mortal bodies of ours and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same mighty power that he will use to conquer everything, everywhere” (NLT).
What is His body of glory like? John gives us a description in Revelation 1:13-18. Christ’s glory, as revealed to John, is that of the Son of Man. We shall be like Him. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:38-49 that we will have a glorified body. It will be glorious, spiritual, powerful, and incorruptible… like Christ.
Like Him in the glory of His eternal body… Revelation 1:18… “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (KJV). Jesus could not die again. Christ lives in the power of an endless life (Hebrews 7:16). We also will live in a glorified body that will never die, that will never fall, that will never get sick, and that will never get tired. We too will have the keys of life.
Like Him in purity… Revelation 1:14… “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow” (KJV). Being “white as snow” has always symbolized purity. Psalm 51:7 reads, “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow” (NLT). In our new glorified bodies we can never be contaminated. We will be holy as He is holy.
Like Him in vision… Revelation 1:14… “and his eyes were as a flame of fire” (KJV). Just what we shall see is unknown to us now. However, in our glorified bodies we will have the ability to see into the heart of things. In other words, we will see things in their true light.
Like Him in walk… Revelation 1:15… “And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace” (KJV). Brass is a metal that endures. In our earthly walk, we never seem to be able to endure trials. Our daily walk is often shaky. We become weary in service. In our glorified bodies there will be no weaknesses and no flaws.
Like Him in speech… Revelation 1:15… “and his voice as the sound of many waters” (KJV). Christ’s speech was full of power. In our glorified bodies our words will have a great effect.
Like Him in administrative ability… Revelation 1:16… “And he had in his right hand seven stars” (KJV). The seven stars represented the leaders of the seven churches, rulers who administered leadership to Christ’s body. Matthew 25:21 tells us, “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Note also Luke 19:17). Christ was successful in His leadership. In our glorified bodies we will be successful also. We will get it right. The Holy Spirit set into the church “governments” (1 Corinthians 12:28), “them that rule” (1 Timothy 5:17). We will have ruling assignments in our glorified bodies.
Like Him in effectiveness… Revelation 1:16… “and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword” (KJV). The two-edged sword is identified with the power of His word (Hebrews 4:12). In the power of His word, we see qualities that break down all opposition in the carrying out of God’s will. The Bible teaches that there is great power in our speech. Proverbs 18:4… “The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.” Often in this life, our words bring problems instead of answers. The devil just laughs at our efforts. There is a day coming. We shall be like Him.
Like Him in countenance… Revelation 1:16… “and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength” (KJV). It is said of Jesus that His covering is that of light or luminosity. The same covering Adam lost when sin entered is restored to believers. Human language cannot describe what our bodies will be like when we see Jesus. All we know now is that we will be changed. Our glorified body will have a luminous quality that will be dazzling in appearance and wonderful in glory.
We shall be like him. Our text says that we will have glorious bodies like the body of Jesus. While we wait, we serve Him by following after righteousness. Proverbs 21:21 reads, “He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour” (KJV).
Pastor George Belobaba
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