New body. Most of us would love one. Whether it is because we are not happy with our current one, or it is disease ridden. A new body seems like a desirable thing to have – but is it truly possible?
It seems like science is willing to accomplish this. Head transplants have already been successfully accomplished on mice, and the first human head transplant is scheduled for sometime in 2017, according to an ABC Newspiece.
Now, the prognosis for the test mice was very temporary, but the scientific potential of man is truly amazing. So, why would we dismiss the power of God to give us a new body when man is trying to do it through science for humanity?
Matthew 9:17 says, “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.”
What is significant about this verse is, it suggests that newly saved Christians may also have had a miraculous transformation in other ways that we have not considered or explored. Yes, we walk away from the alter saved but we do so in the same body we walked up to the alter with – or is that only how it appears to the human eye?
So, when I consider this next verse, it really drives home the point I want to make here.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
All? Our body too? Hmmmm….
Could we have a new body? Could it be, that salvations ushers in a newness that could be beyond the spiritual? Maybe even a new DNA coding? Well, the Bible does not give a definitive answer that our body has become new, but I wonder if that is just because we rely on the Theology Scholars to tell us how to interpret the Bible.
My husband watched me talk about faith and fitness for almost a year before he decided to join me in this mission. He recently started at the gym and although the scale says his weight is the same and he looks the same to me, he insists he is a ‘new man’. The changes he has noted are NOT visible to the naked eye – and I would venture to suggest that if he had a medical test, he would prove he is indeed a changed person.
Why would we discount a similar change as a result of the salvation experience?
Here are another set of verses that are a head scratcher when considered from the angle of the faith/body connection.
Matthew 5:29-30 “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”
Now, these verses were said in the context of ‘Adultery’ bearing in mind that Jesus declares marriage as two becoming one flesh (a new body). It is better to remove a body part than have the entire unit defiled. Our body and wholeness and the urgency of maintaining that purity in our flesh seem to be a consistent theme in the Bible.
Some years ago, I wrote a blog about this idea having watched the Will Smith Movie, M.I.B. where these aliens put on a human suit. Kissing my cold, deceased grandmother in her casket made me see the body laying there as a human suit. In that moment, I was very clear about the distinction between body, soul, and spirit. Click here to read that blog.
One thing I focus on here at In His Image Fitness is the fact that we Christians need to participate in our healing. Healing was Jesus’ most noteworthy event among those who did not want to believe he was the long awaited Messiah. This continues today. My Facebook feed is flooded with non-believers asking for prayer and ‘good vibes’ when they or a loved one is ill.
Our health impacts life – how long, how strong, how pain-free. When someone’s life is on the line, no amount of money is too much to pay, and many a millionaire would give it all for continued health. In fact, a few people have been frozen for decades waiting for science to catch up to restore their life.
Salvation ushers in a newness of life to those that submit to God, and there are few that would argue that. Christians also understand we have an opportunity to tap into the miraculous in a way we never could before. The Bible is filled with reminders of the power of faith. Mountains would move if our faith was the size of a mustard seed. Today, faith-based healing happens all over the world. If you Google it, you will see a return of 1M+ results in a few seconds.
I propose we consider the possibility that receiving Jesus did more for us than just a ticket to heaven when we die. Is it not possible that we walked away from the alter with new DNA? Healing?
Isaiah 53:5 “by his wounds we are healed.”
I challenge Christians to expand your faith (speaking to myself first) to receive the healing Jesus promised when he died on the cross.
It seems healing comes with salvation. For most, that healing is obvious and received in the context of forgiveness, a healing of our past, of our heart, of our self-view.
I am still encouraging Christians to believe God for physical healing today, just as Jesus offered when he walked the earth. We need to participate in our healing. Participate in building our faith. Participate by cleaning up our Temple (our body), the resident tent of the Holy Spirit. Participate through allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us so that we display ‘good fruit’, especially the very rare one called ‘self-control’.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,2 gentleness and self-control.”
Do you know you do not need to go find some special Celebrity Minister to receive healing from God? Begin right now to seek your healing in direct, one-on-one prayer laced in faith. Don’t have enough faith? That should be the first prayer you voice from your lips.
Participate in your healing! Need help? Accountability? Encouragement? Support? Strategies? Connect with me. I would be honored to be your Coach.
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