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Physical Bodies

When the Lord creates the new heavens and the new Earth, will we have physical bodies?

Yes. At the resurrection, God will reunite our departed souls and spirits with our physical bodies (1 Cor. 15:35–58; 1 Thess. 4:13–18). Our resurrected bodies will be glorified (Rom. 8:23), suited for the enjoyment of God forever (Rev. 22:3–5). Our physical embodiment matters to God. On a sad note, God will resurrect unsaved people, who die without trusting Christ, at the great white throne judgment (Rev. 20:11–15). Their resurrected bodies will be designed to endure the eternal judgment of God in the lake of fire. That’s one of the reasons we preach the gospel and plead with people to trust Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior before it’s eternally too late.

BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is Vice President and Dean of Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School. An ordained minister, Winfred has served churches across the city of Chicago, the near west suburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He is the author of How to Overcome Worry (Moody Publishers) and a contributor to the Moody Bible Commentary and Moody Handbook of Preaching. Winfred and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

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