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Summary: What kind of bodies will we have in heaven? That's a question this sermon answers.

Bodies After Death

Mark 9:2-10

[2] Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. [3] His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.

[4] And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.

[5] Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"—

[6] because he did not know what to say, for they were greatly afraid.

[7] And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!"

[8] Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves.

[9] Now as they came down from the mountain, He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

[10] So they kept this word to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.

Have you ever wondered what kind of bodies we have after death?

We know the bodies we have now will eventually die.

Our spirits leave the body and go to heaven,

but do we have some type of body while there in heaven?

That’s the question I hope to answer today.

Mark 9:2-10 is about The Transfiguration.

Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him up on the mountain.

There they were met by Moses and Elijah.

We know those 2 men had left this earth a long time before this.

In the Transfiguration we see what our bodies will be after death.

Peter, James, and John were there in their physical bodies.

Moses and Elijah were there in the body of people who are saved,

have passed away,

and are in Heaven today.

Deuteronomy 34:5-6

So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. [6] And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day.

That was more than 1,400 years

before Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Now, Elijah did not experience death like we will.

2 Kings 2:1 says,

And it came to pass, when the Lord was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.

That happened nearly 900 years before the birth of Jesus.

So Elijah went to heaven, but did not leave behind his body.

However, Elijah could not have been in heaven in a body of flesh.

1 Corinthians 15:50 says,

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

So Elijah’s body of flesh was transformed to a body

like all those who have ever died now have in heaven.

Jesus walked up that mountain in His body of flesh.

Then suddenly He was there in His glorified body,

which is the type body we will have at the Resurrection.

This glorified body Jesus had at the Transfiguration

was like the body He had when He arose from the dead.

So, we have an earthly body made of flesh and bones.

There is the body that the saints in Heaven have today.

There is the body that all saints will have after the Resurrection.

Let us notice these bodies.

First. There is the physical body on earth.

This is the body we have now and as we see it now.

It is made up of flesh and bones.

Hebrews 4:12 says, For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

So our bodies are inhabited by a soul.

Our soul is what makes us who and what we are in the body.

Our soul is also inhabited by a spirit.

It is our spirit that will never die.

All humans have souls.

God’s creation of Adam illustrates this.

Genesis 2:7 says, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

“Dust of the ground” refers to the fleshly body.

The “breath of life” refers to the third part of man, the spirit.

“Living being” refers to Adam becoming a soul…a person!

If we have been born again as a Christian

then we also have the Holy Spirit

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