What Is a Resurrection Body?

Part 2

by Christopher Mangan



In continuing the discussion of the nature of a Resurrection body, we had read in Part One that there are supernatural beings, as well as one human being with abilities beyond those of ordinary people. In Part Two we are going to discuss a very unusual being, then continue by discussing Christ’s Resurrection body and then end with some theories by scientists and my conclusions.

A Supernatural Being mentioned in the Old Testament Who Is Able to Withstand Fire

The book of Daniel records some incredible prophetic events, but one supernatural event that captures my mind is the fourth person in the fiery furnace where the three Jewish exiles, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego are thrown into after refusing to worship the image of the king:

Daniel 3:24-25 (NASB)

“Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.” He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!”

We see the following scriptural facts:

1) Three men were thrown into the furnace but were not affected by the fire or heat in any way. 2) There is a fourth individual in the furnace, who was a supernatural being, totally impervious to the flames. 3) The fourth individual was able to protect the other three men from any type of harm. Unlike the NASB, the King James translation uses the term, Son of God,” which to me is more revealing!At least one writer has said that this being was Christ, in his pre-incarnate form! [A]

This line of thought of powers and abilities that are beyond our human abilities continues through the New Testament.

Christ’s Resurrection Body

After Jesus Christ is executed and later buried 3 days and 3 nights in the grave, we learn of His resurrection in a very unusual manner.You can read the entirety of Luke 24 using this Endnotes link. [B] We learn of a number of interesting facts from Luke, chapter 24:

1) The huge Stone covering the Tomb is rolled away but there is no body within, so physical death and the huge heavy stone were no problem to the being who moved it.

2) There are Men, apparently Angels, in “dazzling clothing”, so we learn that there is a kind of clothing that is not of this earth. 3) the women who came to the tomb experienced terror in the presence of these beings. This appears to be a rule whenever anyone encounters the Supernatural, implying that the Supernatural is more ‘real’ than we are. 4) Peter, Jesus Disciple, then checks out the tomb and sees the linen wrappings, but there is no body inside of those wrappings (could Christ’s Resurrection body have passed through the wrappings?) 5)Two of the Apostles are walking to Jerusalem and are discussing what had happened when Jesus approaches them and engages them in conversation; however they are prevented from recognizing him until he dines with them and repeats what he did at the Last Supper where he broke the bread, then he vanishes or teleports away! 6) Christ later suddenly stands in their midst and, at first, they are fearful and believe him to be a spirit of a deceased person; however he assures them that he has a physical body and invites them to touch him, and even eats a broiled fish. Later He ascends into Heaven.

Interestingly, Christ says that He has flesh and bone; but He deliberately eliminates any mention of “blood.” This is probably due to the Scripture of 1 Corinthians 15-50-55 written by Paul where he discusses that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. [C]

Atmospheric Pressure on a Human Body versus a Resurrection Body

So we learn that a Resurrection body still possesses the five senses.It can be touched; it can eat and do everything that we can do in our mortal bodies.However, there is no mention of “blood” because of the above Scripture.Why? Because blood circulating within a person’s body implies pressure that a human body needs outside it and within it, as well as a heart and a circulatory system that transports heat, oxygen and nutrients within that body.You cannot ascend to heaven in your mortal body, as Christ did when He ascended in his resurrection body!

I used to be a scuba diver.I had to learn about the effects of pressure upon the human body and how that pressure increases when a person’s body goes underwater.If you’re interested, please go to this link. [D] In brief, we cannot just ascend into outer space without a space suit designed to keep our bodies at approximately 15 p.s.i. (pounds per square inch) pressure, to provide us with life-breathing air and also provide us with heat for warmth. Our bodies would simply explode.Remember: There is no air or pressure in outer space; and it is also very cold!The opposite happens when you try to go underwater: pressure increases, but the water becomes ice-cold after 15 or so feet. In both cases, you need equipment to survive.

Returning to the resurrection body discussion, we can assume from the Scriptures just mentioned that a resurrection body does not need a beating heart! A person with a Resurrection Body probably doesn’t need to breath and doesn’t need air either, but can somehow still make vocal sounds as we do! A resurrection body probably doesn’t need to either eat; it may lack a stomach so food is simply turned into energy directly; a resurrection body also doesn’t need rest, as it is tireless. Christ was also able to just ascend into heaven, so this implies that a person with a resurrection body is not subject to the laws of Gravity, nor time and space.

Now, since Christ ascended into heaven, that means that we, at the Rapture, will be able to do the same thing also when we receive our resurrection bodies, which will be the same kind of body as His, right? Let’s cement this fact in our minds and faith with Philippians 3:20-21, which discusses our “citizenship in heaven.” [E] In order to be “citizens of heaven” we have to have a heavenly body, a resurrection body! Otherwise, we can’t go to heaven as Jesus had promised. The trip would simply kill us, if we remained in this mortal, perishable body.

Let’s examine the resurrection body further with Romans 6:4-6:

Romans 6:4-6 (NASB)

“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.”

And with this Scripture:

1 John 3:1-3 (NASB)

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

Sin is eliminated when a born-again believer finally receives his or her resurrection body, as the above Scripture affirms.Otherwise, we can’t stand before the Father, who is holiness personified.Interestingly, it isn’t by works or deeds that we are purified, but by believing and hoping that Jesus returns for us in the Rapture. (However, salvation is only through Christ’s shed blood on the cross.)

As I had said previously, when someone encounters a Supernatural Being, there is usually an experience of Fear! That is because we can sense that these beings are more real and more powerful than we are! This experience of fear was true for the apostle John, as recorded in Revelation 1:12-18 when he saw the resurrected and Glorified Christ. [F]

The sight of Christ overwhelms John!It was beyond his understanding to comprehend what he was seeing, so Jesus had to reassure him first to not be afraid, then, to confirm who and what He is. John is later taken up into Heaven and sees God’s throne, with more Supernatural Beings present. We see a brief description of God Himself. [G] I’m certain that someone reading this is asking the same question that Nicodemus asked Jesus, which is “How can these things be?” [H] So let’s proceed onto the next topic of discussion.

Extra-Biblical Evidence - Theories of Other Dimensions

There are theories of other dimensions that are posted online at Wikipedia and other websites; however, Iwant to use a movie-example before discussing dimensions.

I remember some years ago seeing the movie Superman Returns.There was one scene in the movie that caught my attention and has stayed in my mind.The scene takes place where Superman goes after a machine gun-wielding criminal shooting at the police from a rooftop. The criminal trains his machine gun upon Superman, predictably with no effect; then he pulls out another gun and shoots Superman in his eye.The bullet simply bounces off of Superman’s eye and the criminal is stunned.Now I know that this was special effects magic used in the film, but the more I thought about it, the more I considered it as possible!“How is it possible,” you say? The reason is that a Resurrection body has to be composed of more than 3 dimensions!

Let me provide links to some serious scientific discussions of other dimensions such as String Theory and M‑Theory. Let’s look at String Theory first and here is a brief quote from the Wikipedia article, with the full text at this link. [I]

Number of Dimensions

An intriguing feature of string theory is that it predicts extra dimensions. In classical string theory the number of dimensions is not fixed by any consistency criterion. However, to make a consistent quantum theory, string theory is required to live in a spacetime of the so-called “critical dimension”: we must have spacetime dimensions for the bosonic string and for the superstring. This is necessary to ensure the vanishing of the conformal anomaly of the worldsheet conformal field theory. Modern understanding indicates that there exist less trivial ways of satisfying this criterion. Cosmological solutions exist in a wider variety of dimensionalities, and these different dimensions are related by dynamical transitions. The dimensions are more precisely different values of the “effective central charge,” a count of degrees of freedom that reduces to dimensionality in weakly curved regimes.

I don’t claim to understand everything that is being said in those two paragraphs; but the page is discussing the possibility of other dimensions, maybe even eleven dimensions in total. This being the case, then if we are using the movie scene as an example described above in Superman Returns, then it is impossible for a 3-dimensional bullet to destroy a multi-dimensional body!

This would explain why the supernatural is so frightening; it is because we are 3-dimensional beings. However, God, the angels and the demons are more than 3-dimensions.This would also explain abilities such as super-strength, because a supernatural being with an 11-dimensional body can easily lift a 3-dimensional object; it would explain why a supernatural being is impervious to fire, as the fourth person in the fiery furnace was totally impervious to the flames. The reason is that the flames are of this dimension, not the spiritual dimension!It would also explain the heavenly weapon, the flaming sword that the cherubim used in the Garden of Eden.

Now let us look at the Introduction to M-Theory and I will quote part of the article; the web link is at this endnote: [J]

Further, string theory suggested that the universe is made up of multiple dimensions. Height, width, and length constitute three-dimensional space, and time gives a total of four observable dimensions; however, string theories supported the possibility of ten dimensions – the remaining six of which we cannot detect directly. This was later increased to 11 dimensions based on various interpretations of the 10-dimensional theory that led to five partial theories as described below. Supergravity theory also played a significant part in establishing the necessity of the 11th dimension.

Again, I don’t claim to be a scientist, but simply reading the above text informs me that there are serious discussions about other dimensions!

If my conclusions concerning a resurrection body are true, then those who have accepted Jesus Christ can expect a resurrection body, which will be an eternal joy to live in (Revelation 21:3-6 says it all.) [K]

I don’t know how much more time we have until God intervenes into human history in a major way, but if you are a regular reader of Rapture Ready and have studied prophecy, then you must know we are near the time. In order to enjoy God, love Him and live life to the fullest, then we need a Resurrection Body! Here are more web-linked footnotes to discussions of a Resurrection Body.[L] [M] [N] As I am growing older, Ican’t wait for my Resurrection Body! What about you? No pain; No sorrow; Pure joy; “All things new.”

Endnotes [A] Valley Bible.net; “The Preincarnate Christ” - Web Link: http://www.valleybible.net/AdultEducation/Class

Notes/TheologySurvey/Christ/PreincarnateChrist.pdf

[B] Bible Gateway.com; Luke 24 - Web Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+24&version=NASB

[C] Bible Gateway.com; 1 Corinthians 15:50-55 - Web Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+15%3A50-55&version=NASB

[D] “The New Science of Skin and Scuba Diving”; Paperback, copyright 1985 - Web Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Science-Skin-Scuba-Diving/dp/0880113782

[E] Bible Gateway.com; Philippians 3:20-21 – Web Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+3%3A20-21&version=NASB

[F] Bible Gateway.com; Revelation 1:12-18 - Web Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+1%3A12-18&version=NASB

[G] Bible Gateway.com; “Revelation 4:2-11” - Web Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A2-11&version=NASB

[H] Bible Gateway.com; “John 3:1-21” – Web Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+3%3A1-21&version=NASB

[I] Wikipedia; “String Theory” – Web Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_theory#Extra_dimensions

[J] Wikipedia; “Introduction to M-Theory” – Web Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Introduction_to_M-theory

[K] Bible Gateway.com; Revelation 21:3-6 – Web Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+21%3A3-6+&version=NASB

[L] GotQuestions.org; “How will our resurrection body be different from our current body?” – Web Link: http://www.gotquestions.org/resurrection-body.html

[M] Grace to You; “A Glorified Body; The Necessity of Our Resurrection” by John MacArthur - Web Link: http://www.gtycanada.org/blog/B130701/a-glorified-body-the-necessity-of-our-resurrection

[N] Wikipedia; “Body of resurrection” - Web Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_of_resurrection