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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Resurrection and Eternal Judgment, #15
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. (Luke 24:39)
The second element, then, is the flesh and bone body. In the resurrection, phase B of the body is operative.
First element—the inner man, including spirit and soul.
Second element—the flesh and bone body, animated at first by blood (phase A), and after the resurrection by spiritual energy (phase B). The spiritual energy is Divine Life for the saint, mere spiritual energy for the sinner—spiritual energy devoid of the Presence of Christ.
Third element—the house from Heaven, a spiritual form that reflects the choices made by the individual during his or her lifetime on the earth..
It is the third element, the "house which is from heaven" that we shall discuss now.
The house from Heaven is the reward of those who have laid down their lives for the sake of the Gospel. It is the reward the Lord will give us at His appearing.
The "glorified body" that often is referred to by Christians is the revived flesh and bone body of the righteous clothed with the house from Heaven. The flesh and bone body of the saint is made alive by the Holy Spirit and then clothed with the house from Heaven.
As we have stated previously, our inner man first must be transformed before God will clothe it with a glorified body. The house from Heaven directly reflects the state of the inner man. That which clothes the resurrected flesh and bones is the same expression of Divine Life that is true of the inner man.
The glorified outward man is in the image of the Lord Jesus.
Of what composition is our house from Heaven?
If we have gone through the steps of inner transformation, the steps leading toward the filling of our inner man with the holy, righteous Life of Christ, our house from Heaven will be fashioned from incorruptible resurrection life.
But if we have not been willing to follow the Spirit of God through the steps of inner transformation to righteousness, but have sown to our fleshly, adamic nature, our house from Heaven will reflect what we have practiced in the flesh—our lusts and disobedience to God.
We shall be clothed with what we have practiced. We shall reap what we sow. Here is the perfect righteousness of God our Creator.
It is of importance for the Christian to understand clearly that the grace and mercy of God do not interfere with the Kingdom law of sowing and reaping. We will reap what we sow. God cannot be mocked. If we believe we can sow sin and then reap the Glory of God on the basis of grace, or mercy, or any other aspect of redemption, we have been deceived.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:7,8)
Paul is not addressing the unsaved but "the churches of Galatia."
To be continued.