3/7/2017

 

What happens after I die? Will I sleep and wake up on resurrection morning? Or will my spirit go to be with Christ in heaven? Will we recognise each other? Lots of Christians ask these questions.

I may be completely wrong, but I read 2 Corinthians 5;1 the other day in a completely new light. I had always assumed that Paul was talking about his earthly body (the temporary ‘tent’) and his resurrection body (the eternal ‘house’). But this time I read it as if Paul was talking about something else, a spiritual body that we are given after death when we go to be with Christ in the heavenly paradise, a spiritual body which is not the same as the resurrection body we receive on resurrection morning for living in the new earth – though somehow they will be one, for both are eternal and we won’t be living in two bodies! (Maybe if we are clothed in a new eternal body for living in heaven, we’ll be further clothed in a resurrection body for living on the new earth.)

Why is this possible? Simply because Paul here is talking about being clothed in our ‘heavenly dwelling’ as soon as we die, so that we are not ‘naked’ (which I assume means we won’t be simply ghosts or spirits), whereas the resurrection is not going to happen until Christ comes to earth. We believe we will follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who when he died on Good Friday was made alive by the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18), before rising from the dead on Easter Day. We don’t know whether that ‘made alive’ was simply as a spirit or with some sort of heavenly form; but it does not appear to me to be unreasonable to link that to 2 Corinthians 5:1.

As I say, I may be completely wrong. However, it is not an important point to my mind; but it does help with many of the questions I mentioned at the beginning!