“We eagerly await a Savior from there [heaven], the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” —Philippians 3:21

The New Has Come

When a person turns control of his life over to God, he becomes a new creation; the old self is gone and a new self takes its place.  The Holy Spirit comes to dwell within him and his worldview becomes one of looking at things through the eyes of the Lord, rather than Self.  Forgiveness is more natural, he is better equipped to love the unlovable and he desires to put Jesus first and foremost in his life:  God first, family and then your job—in that order.

But even then, the believer remains in a world of sin and his flesh wants what the flesh wants.  As a result, there is a serious clash between earthly desires and the need to please God.  The New Testament Paul puts it this way in Romans 7:15b, 24  “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  And then finally, after much agony, he cries out, “What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?”

Have You Felt Like Paul

If you have ever felt like Paul in his anguish, you are not alone.  As long as we dwell in these earthly bodies, we will feel the pull of sin against our desires to please God.  But there is good news.  Eventually, all believers will stand before the throne of God in heaven and be clothed in new glorified bodies.

Paul tells us that we will be just like Jesus (Philippians 3:21 above) and the apostle John in his first epistle, says this:  “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be, has not yet been made known.  But we know that when He [Jesus] appears, we shall be like Him.” Think about it.  We know that Jesus was without sin, perfect in every way.  The scriptures tell us we will be just like Him—also without sin and perfect in every way!

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