Victory In The Face Of Defeat (Part 7)

God’s plan is not necessarily to rescue us from illness.  God’s plan is to rescue us from sin.  Illness is temporary, and if you die in illness, which the majority of people do, the illness will cease.  But dying in your sin is a different story.  There is where you need the true rescuing.  If you die in your sins, you carry that through eternity.  So God’s most urgent plan is to rescue us from that fate, because everyone, healthy or unhealthy, needs deliverance from Satan’s grasp.  He has a hold from the day we are born.  “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

By accepting Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross as payment for what we have done wrong, we have the most important victory of all, eternal life.  And through that victory, we will have a glorified body which gives us victory over the diseased, painful body we have had to endure on this earth.  Some of the most encouraging verses for people who have to withstand a broken body are found in Philippians 3.  Let’s look at verses 20 and 21, “For our conversation 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.”

Other encouraging verses about receiving a new body are found in I Corinthians 15:52 through 54, “…and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.'”

Our new bodies will no longer be corruptible.  In looking up synonyms for corruptible, we find words such as tainted, vile, rotten, untrustworthy.  We will put on incorruption, which means our bodies will be indestructible and pure.  Basically undefiled by sin.  Right now our bodies are subject to gravity, to time, and to disease because they are weak and corruptible.  But when we are conformed to His glorious body we see some characteristics we do not enjoy now.  We only have a few glimpses into what that body will be like, but if our glorified state is like Jesus’ body after He rose from the dead, then we will be able to travel without restrictions (John 20: 19, “ Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst”)  We also will be able to enjoy food, but it will not be necessary for our survival.  Jesus ate after his resurrection.  (Luke 24:40-43, “And when He had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.  And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, He said unto them, Have ye here any meat?  And they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.  And He took it, and did eat before them.”)  And we are reminded in Revelation that there is going to be a marriage supper in Heaven.  (Revelation 19:9, “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.'”)  In summary, our bodies will be more like God had intended for us to be all along, before sin entered the world, and victory over illness and pain will be ours!

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