Christ’s Changed Body

What changed when Christ’s body was resurrected?

Jehovah’s Witnesses answer:  Christ’s crucified body was not changed or resurrected, it was destroyed, and He was recreated as a spirit being.

Bible answer:  Many things changed in Christ’s glorified, resurrected body.  Although things were changed, Christ made it clear that it was His body and that He was not a spirit.

Luke 24:37-40 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

Blood was the source of life for the human body prior to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but after the resurrection, the Spirit of God is the source of eternal life in a resurrected, glorified body.  The resurrection change is a miracle of God’s divine origin and defies human explanation, but when those who are truly born-again (saved) see Jesus Christ, they will be like Him.

1John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he [Jesus Christ] shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

“Changed” is the key word the Scripture uses to describe the resurrected body:

Phil 3:20 For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 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.

1Cor 15:51-54 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 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.  53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 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.

2Tim 1:9-10 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Note:  Christ abolished death when He rose bodily from the grave on the third day.  His bodily resurrection did not nullify the sacrifice, as the Watchtower suggest, but rather destroyed death because the grave couldn’t hold Him.  The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest victory over man’s greatest enemy—death.  Not only was death conquered, but Satan was defeated.

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