â€œWho 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.â€Â Â (Philippians 3:21)
Only those religions which believe in special creationâ€”that is, orthodox Judaism, Islam, and Christianityâ€”also believe in a bodily resurrection. Of the three creationist/resurrectionist religions, however, only the Christian faith acknowledges that the resurrection can be possible only when the Creator Himself becomes the atoning Savior, dying for sin and thereby defeating death.
When Christ arose from the tomb, He could proclaim, â€œI am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermoreâ€ (Revelation 1:18). His resurrection body was the same physical body that had been in the grave, able to be touched and even retaining its crucifixion scars. Nevertheless, it was different, a â€œspiritualâ€ body (1 Corinthians 15:42-49), controlled by spiritual forces. Our present â€œnaturalâ€ bodies are controlled by natural forces, but the resurrected Christ could move quickly from Earth to heaven, and could pass through closed doors (John 20:17, 19, 26).
But our resurrection bodies will be like His someday, according to the â€œworking of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the deadâ€ (Ephesians 1:19-20). By that same â€œworking,â€ He is able to subdue all things, for He is the Creator of all things (Colossians 1:16). Our â€œvileâ€ bodies will become â€œgloriousâ€ bodies, no longer subject to sickness and aging, or lusts and evil passions. â€œThis corruptible shall have put on incorruptionâ€ (1 Corinthians 15:54). â€œWe know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he isâ€ (1 John 3:2). This is the blessed hope of the genuine Christian. HMM