3 Little Known Facts About What Our Eternal Bodies Will Look Like
In this video, we’re going to look at 3 little known facts about what the Bible says our eternal resurrected bodies will look like. Even more importantly, we’re going to look at why this matters here and now in terms of how you live your life today. For example, did you know that how you live your life today will affect what your eternal body will look like forever? We’re going to examine that from Scripture. Let’s look into it.
So, here are the three little known facts about what our eternal bodies will look like. I’m going to tell you all three upfront. Then I’ll show you what Scripture has to say about each of these and why it matters in terms of how you live your life today, because what you do today will affect what you will look like forever.
The three little known facts about our eternal bodies are:
Everyone’s eternal body will be uniquely different.
Many eternal bodies will emanate light and will shine brighter depending on how faithfully they lived for Christ in this life.
Everyone will get an eternal body, but not at the same time, and those who get their eternal bodies last will not have any light in them at all.
Let’s examine what Scripture says about each of these three facts.
When we talk about our eternal bodies, we’re talking about our resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15, written by the Apostle Paul, is all about the resurrection. Concerning our resurrected bodies, Paul says:
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:50-53 KJV)
Our present flesh and blood bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. Instead, our bodies will be changed in a moment so fast that it’s referred to as “in the twinkling of an eye.” In that moment, we will be changed. Our present bodies that so easily fall into sin will be made incorruptible to where we will no longer be able to be corrupted by sin. There will be no sin in heaven, for our eternal bodies will be made incorruptible. Also, our mortal bodies will put on immortality so that we will live with God forever.
But what kind of eternal body will we have?
Paul gives us a clue to that in Philippians chapter 3:
“For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21 KJV)
Quite simply, our eternal bodies will be much like Christ’s resurrected body. When we see Him appear in His resurrected body in Scripture, that’s how our bodies will be made similar. For example, He was recognizable when He wanted to be recognized. He could eat and enjoy food. He could talk and had the same personality. He could move through material objects when He wanted to.
Jesus’ resurrected body could at times appear as a normal human being, while at other times we see Him in the brightness of His glory, such as in the first chapter of Revelation or on the mount of transfiguration:
“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light.” (Matthew 17:1-2 KJV)
God’s glory emanates from Him in the form of brilliant light. Our bodies will be fashioned like unto His glorious body, so we too will emanate the glorious light of God. Only it will not be our glory, but His glory shining within us for all eternity.
Paul says in Colossians 3 that we will appear together with Christ in glory at His second coming:
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4 KJV)
But what kind of glory will we have? We certainly will not appear as God does, with omnipotent blinding glory. And yet we will have glory “like unto His glorious body.”
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul gives us a hint as to what this glory will be like, which brings us to little known fact #1:
Everyone’s eternal body will be uniquely different.
Each of us will be different in terms of the amount of glory that we show in our eternal bodies, for Paul says:
“There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:41-44 KJV)
Just as one star differs from another star in its brightness and glory, so will our resurrected bodies differ from one another. Each person’s body will have a different level of glory to it, just as sun’s glory differs from the moon’s glory, which differs from the glory of each star. Each person’s eternal body will be uniquely distinct. Our bodies will be similar in that they will all be raised in incorruption, raised in glory and raised a spiritual body, but each one will be different in the amount of glory it shows.
What determines the amount of glory that each eternal body will show? This brings us to little known fact #2:
Many eternal bodies will emanate light and will shine brighter
depending on how faithfully they lived for Christ in this life.
That the resurrected bodies of saved believers will emanate light can be seen in both the Old and New Testaments. In Matthew 13, Jesus was speaking of the time after the resurrection of saints, and He said:
“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:43 KJV)
The Old Testament prophet Daniel gives us a little more detail on how we will shine. Specifically, that all will not shine at the same level of brightness. In Danial, chapter 12, Daniel writes:
“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12:2-3 KJV)
Clearly, Danial says that not everyone who is saved will have the same amount of brightness in their resurrected bodies. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the firmament or heavens. But those who turn many to righteousness will shine far brighter, like the stars. And that brightness, that glory, will last forever and ever and will be like a badge of honor that those people will wear for eternity.
What this says is that how we live our lives today will affect how brightly our eternal bodies will shine forever. Putting this in New Testament terminology, the phrase, “they that be wise,” means “those who believe in Christ so as to be saved.” Every saved believer will shine in his or her eternal body, emanating the glory of Christ. But those who live for Christ in this life, leading many to righteousness, will shine far brighter, like the stars.
How we live for Christ in the here and now will be seen in our eternal bodies for all eternity. That’s both amazing to me and also a little scary, because I fail Christ on many occasions where I’m not always living for Him as I would like to. That won’t affect my salvation, but it will affect the amount of glory that will be seen in my eternal body.
Salvation is a free gift based on faith in Christ alone. It is not something we earn through our behavior. This kind of added brightness and glory has nothing to do with salvation. It is a reward that goes beyond salvation. It’s a reward for faithful service and for all eternity, everyone will see just how faithful each of us were in this life. That’s a little intimidating. But it’s also a challenge that should motivate us to live more faithfully to Christ. The good news is that, for each one of us, no matter how badly we’ve blown it at times, there’s still time to live faithfully to Christ in what time we have left and, in so doing, affect how brightly you will shine before Him.
How you live for Christ TODAY will affect you resurrected body for all eternity!
In heaven, the light of God and His glorious light emanating from within us will be all the light we will need.
“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5 KJV)
So, live for Christ today, in the here and now, so that you will shine like the stars.
This brings us to little known fact #3:
Everyone will get an eternal body, but not at the same time,
and those who get their eternal bodies last
will not have any light in them at all
Not everyone will get their resurrected bodies at the same time. There’s an order to the resurrection, which Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 15:
“But every man in his own order: (1) Christ the firstfruits; afterward (2) they that are Christ’s at His coming. (3) Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.” (1 Corinthians 15:23-24 KJV)
In these verses, we see three main steps to this order of resurrection:
(1) The resurrection of Christ, being the first fruit.
(2) The resurrection of those that are His at His coming, meaning those who are saved
(3) Everyone else (the unsaved) after the end.
Numbers (1) and (2) are referred to as the First Resurrection, also as the resurrection of life, while number (3) is referred to in Scripture as the Second Resurrection. The key point here is that everyone will be resurrected, both the saved and the unsaved. Jesus speaks of this in John 5:
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His (the Son of Man’s) voice, and shall come forth;
they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life (First Resurrection);
and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (Second Resurrection).” (John 5:28-29 KJV)
Everyone will be resurrected, either to life or to damnation.
But even within the First Resurrection, there is an order to when each saved person will be resurrected. Christ was resurrected first as the first fruit. But then there’s also an order to when those who are Christ’s will be resurrected. Paul speaks of this in 1 Thessalonians 4:
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again (this is the Gospel, believing that Jesus died for your sins and rose again, so this verse is only talking about the resurrection of saved believers), even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (go before) them which are asleep (have died). For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 KJV)
From this, we can see that saved believers who have already died will be resurrected first. Then, those who are still alive will follow, being changed “in the twinkling of an eye” into their resurrected bodies.
If we look at our prophetic timeline, we see the First Resurrection stretching from the resurrection of Christ as the first fruit all the way to His second coming. During this time, and especially toward the end, all who are saved will be resurrected, including New Testament believers, Old Testament saints and tribulation saints.
Personally, I believe all New Testament believers are the bride of Christ and will be resurrected in the Rapture before the start of the 7-year tribulation. I know some of you don’t believe in the Rapture or have a different view of it. That’s fine. It’s not a salvation issue that should divide us and it’s been debated for 2,000 years, so I don’t expect to end all debate with this video.
I’ll tell you why I believe in a pre-tribulation Rapture. For two reasons:
- God hasn’t appointed us to wrath and the tribulation will be a time of great wrath.
Paul told the church in 1 Thessalonians 5:
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ… Wherefore comfort yourselves…“(1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 KJV)But more importantly:
How can believers feel comfort if they are going to have to go through the tribulation where God’s wrath is poured out?
- We see evidence in Scripture of the church being in heaven during the tribulation and before the second coming of Christ.
Specifically, there are two events involving the church that occur in heaven during the tribulation period: The Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage of the Lamb. Both involve the church. Both occur in heaven. Both happen before the second coming of Christ, which means the church can’t possibly be on earth during the tribulation. Let’s look at these two events.
The Judgment Seat of Christ
Speaking to believers, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:
“For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV)
The Judgment Seat of Christ is not a time when Christ determines who will be saved, for no one loses salvation at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The question of salvation was settled the moment each believer placed their faith in Christ, believing that Christ died for their sins and rose again from the dead.
The Judgment Seat of Christ is where Christ reviews what each saved believer did with his or her life, how he or she served God here on earth. And He then rewards each believer for faithful service. These rewards do not include salvation, for salvation is not a reward, but a free gift. Rewards include things like glory, like we looked at already. It can also include rights and privileges that we’ll have in heaven, such as being allowed to reign and rule with Him. I did a video on specific rewards mentioned in Scripture, if you want more information on this. I’ll include a link to that video at the end of this one.
The Judgment Seat of Christ is for believers only and is described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:
“Now if any man build upon this foundation (the foundation of the Gospel) gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:12-15 KJV)
Believers who serve Christ in this life will receive a reward. But those who don’t serve Christ in this life will lose what rewards they could have had, yet they will still be saved. This is also an encouragement to live for Christ TODAY.
The Judgment Seat of Christ happens in heaven BEFORE the Marriage of the Lamb, for at the marriage, we see the bride of Christ (all saved believers) already dressed in fine white linen, which is described as the righteousness of the saints, which means that the review of their works where they were rewarded for their righteousness has already happened.
The Marriage of the Lamb
We see the Marriage of the Lamb in Revelation 19:
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Revelation 19:7-8 KJV)
The interesting thing about this is that the Marriage of the Lamb happens at the start of chapter 19. The second coming of Christ doesn’t occur until the end of chapter 19, which means the church is shown in heaven prior to the second coming, which starts in verse 11:
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a Name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-16 KJV)
Notice that the armies that follow Christ to earth are described as wearing the same clothes as the saints at the Marriage of the Lamb: “clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” We who are saved, the saints, will return with Christ at His second coming.
In Colossians 3, the verse we looked at earlier, Paul also says that we will be with Christ at His second coming:
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4 KJV)
We will come back with Christ after the Judgment Seat of Christ and after the Marriage of the Lamb. Both of these events happen in heaven involving the church, which means the church cannot possibly be on earth during the tribulation.
Getting back to our timeline, in terms of the timing of the resurrection, this means that the church has to be in heaven BEFORE the second coming of Christ. In fact, the church has to be there in heaven for a considerable amount of time before the second coming to allow time for both the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage of the Lamb. Scripture clearly shows that the church is not on earth going through the tribulation.
For these reasons, I believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. If you don’t believe that, that’s fine. We don’t have to divide or argue over it. It’s not a salvation issue. But I thought I’d at least share why I believe Scripture shows a pre-trib rapture.
What is clear in Scripture is that there will be two resurrections: the First Resurrection and the Second Resurrection. God warns us in Revelation 20 to make sure you are part of the First Resurrection.
“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6 KJV)
The Second Resurrection will happen after the second coming of Christ and after Christ’s 1,000-year millennial reign on earth, as revealed in Revelation 20:
“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished…” (Revelation 20:5 KJV)
You don’t want any part of that resurrection, which brings me to the last part of point #3:
Everyone will get an eternal body, but not at the same time, and those who get their eternal bodies last will not have any light in them at all
None of those who take part in the Second Resurrection will be saved, not even one. The Second Resurrection is about God’s holy justice and judgment over sin. For those who are saved by placing their faith in Christ, Jesus’ death on the cross paid for all their sins. But for those who never placed their faith in Christ, they will end up paying for all their sins themselves.
We saw this first in our passage from Danial 12:
“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life (the First Resurrection), and some to shame and everlasting contempt (the Second Resurrection). And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12:2-3 KJV)
All of those who take part in the Second Resurrection will be resurrected to shame and everlasting contempt from God. But what we also see from this verse is that only those who are wise, who believe in Jesus, will shine. The unsaved will have no light in them! Their bodies will not reflect the glory of God.
We see this reference to darkness throughout the New Testament, beginning with Jesus, who said in Luke 11:
“The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.” (Luke 11:34-35 KJV)
Jesus clearly gives us a warning not to be filled with darkness.
Then in Jude and 2 Peter we see the fate of those who are not saved:
“… to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” (Jude 1:13 KJV)
“… to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.” (2 Peter 2:17 KJV)
Jesus summed it up in Matthew 22 in His parable of the wicked servant, which is a picture of what the unsaved will experience:
“Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 22:13 KJV)
All this will take place at the end of the 1,000-year Millennial reign of Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment:
“And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)
How do we keep our names written in the book of life so that we are not cast into the lake of fire, into outer darkness? By believing in Jesus for our salvation.
So, to sum up, there are three types of eternal bodies in Scripture that a person can end up having.
- Those That are Wise (Believe in Jesus) Will Shine
- Those That Lead Many to Righteousness (Live for Christ) Will Shine Like Stars
- Those That are Unwise (Do not believe in Jesus) Will Not Shine at All but Will Be in Darkness Forever
Let me ask you:
If you died today, what type of eternal body would you have?
Are you sure? Everyone will get resurrected, and these are the only 3 options. Which of these will be you?
Well, I want to end on some good news. I said that I’d present 3 facts about our eternal bodies in this video, but there’s a 4th fact and I’ll give it to you as a bonus. The 4th fact about our eternal bodies is this:
YOU GET TO CHOOSE Which Type of Eternal Body You’ll Get!
And it all comes down to your choice as to whether you will believe in Jesus for your salvation!
That’s what will determine what type of eternal body you will get.
In 1 John 5, John says:
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God…” (1 John 5:1 KJV)
To believe in Jesus means you are born of God. But then he goes on to say:
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5 KJV)
Whoever is born of God by believing in Jesus is an overcomer. “Who is he that overcometh…but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” Believing in Jesus makes you an overcomer. Then, in Revelation 3, the same author John quotes Jesus as saying:
“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.” (Revelation 3:5 KJV)
The one who believes in Jesus is born of God and is an overcomer. And to that person, that overcomer, Jesus promises that He will NEVER blot out his or her name from the book of life. That’s an unconditional guarantee of eternal salvation, that once you are saved, you can NEVER lose it.
A lot of Lordship Salvationists like to misuse Revelation 3:5 to say that an overcomer is one who obeys, someone who not only believes but also obeys all commandments and, if you don’t obey, your name will be blotted out of the book of life. That’s a completely false interpretation of Scripture. Instead, you have to let Scripture define what an overcomer is and not make up your own definition, and Scripture does define it. The same author John wrote the definition, that an overcomer is one who believes in Jesus. Period. Nothing more. And to that overcomer, Jesus promises to never blot out their name from the book of life.
We see a clear pattern: One who believes is born of God. One who is born of God is an overcomer. One who is an overcomer will never be blotted out of the book of life. That’s Once Saved, Always Saved. Eternal Salvation. Guaranteed!
It’s not too late to change which eternal body you’ll get.
You can CHOOSE TODAY to make your eternal body better.
If you ARE a Christian:
CHOOSE TODAY to live for Christ with greater faith and commitment. Don’t settle for an eternal body that doesn’t brightly radiate God’s glory. How you live your life for Christ today will be seen for eternity! Some will shine brighter than others. Be one of those! Get rid of any sin in your life and re-commit your life to Christ today. Set it as your goal to live for Him with whatever time you have left, so that you will have an eternal body that shines as bright as the stars.
If you ARE NOT a Christian or if you are unsure of your salvation:
CHOOSE TODAY to believe in Christ to save you, believing that He died on the cross to pay for all your sins and rose from the dead to give you eternal life. It’s not too late to be an overcomer and be born of God. Don’t settle for an eternal body that is one of darkness, separated from God for eternity in a place of darkness. CHOOSE to place your faith in Christ TODAY! It’s not too late.
Whatever you do, and no matter how badly you may have blown it in the past, don’t think for a second that God has given up on you.
The Lord’s Desire is to Save You!
He is For You, Not Against You.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 KJV)
Did you get that? It is not the Lord’s desire that even one person should perish. It is not too late. If you think that, that’s just the enemy talking, trying to get you to give up on God. Don’t give in to that negative thought. God is for you, not against you, and He desires you with an everlasting love. He longs to pour out blessings upon you. Let Him.
So, if you are not 100% sure of your salvation, my closing wish for you is this:
Make Sure You Are Saved Right Now! Don’t put it off.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life.” (John 6:47 KJV)
Salvation = God’s Grace Alone Through Faith Alone In Christ Alone
Believing the Gospel means placing your entire trust in Christ for your salvation, believing that He:
- Died for your sins
- Was buried
- Rose from the dead
As it says in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
Nothing more. Nothing less. There are no other requirements to be saved than to believe in Jesus. Once you place your faith in Christ for your salvation, you are born again, and you are forever a child of God. Our Father is a good Father Who will never abandon you but will preserve you in the faith and never let you go.
If you are not certain about your salvation, time is getting very late. Don’t take the chance of missing out on God.
Making Sure You Are Saved Is As Easy As ABC
Admit to God that you have sinned.
Believe that Jesus, God’s Son, died to pay for
your sins 100%, was buried and rose from the dead.
Call upon Jesus and ask Him to forgive you and save you.
If you make that decision to call upon Him, God gives you this assurance:
“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13 KJV)
Thank you for watching.