Transformation from the human body into the heavenly body
Many cannot understand with their minds how it would be possible for God to bring the molecules of human bodies back together. That's why I would like to try to make it more understandable with two examples from scientists:
One day, an employee of the famous chemist Faraday dropped a small silver cup into a container of acid, dissolved in it and disappeared. When Faraday came in, he added more chemicals to the jar. A moment later all the silver particles were at the bottom of the vessel. He sifted out the misshapen silver and gave it to a silversmith, who restored the cup so that it shone brighter than before. If Faraday could excrete the dissolved silver and recover his cup, how much more can God reassemble the scattered dust of a body. Knight, p.560
Anyone who has this faith can also die quietly and in peace with God!
As Faraday lay on his deathbed, he was asked by reporters, "What speculations are you making about the afterlife?" Faraday replied, "Speculations? I don't know anything about speculation. I rest on certainties. ‘I know that my Redeemer lives,’ and because he lives, I will also live.”
Job 19:25a Knight, p.566
Let us now turn to a second person, the natural scientist Newton, who is considered one of the most famous scientists of all time: Someone once came to Newton, the religious astronomer, with the question: “How are we supposed to understand the resurrection? One died there, the other there. Some are burned and their ashes are scattered to the four winds; the others were drowned in the sea and became prey to fish; Most of them have decayed and their bodies have fertilized the earth." Newton thought for a moment, then he took iron filings, mixed them with fine sand so that they were almost hidden in it, and used it to make a magnet. He led this over the mixture and lo and behold - the iron filings came loose from their covering and flew towards the magnet from all sides. Through this process the visitor understood without words.
Haug, p.74, no.166
Paul gives the following explanation:
But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body...So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power... Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
1 Corinthians 15:35-38+42+43+51-55 (ESV)
When the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection, asked Jesus who a woman married seven times on earth would be married to after the resurrection, Jesus replied:
But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. Matthew 22:29-30 (ESV)
Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6 (ESV)
Together with his bride, Christ will rule over the earth in the Millennial Kingdom. This is also probably what the parable of the entrusted talents is about, in which Christ said to his hard-working servants on earth:
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ ...So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, Matthew 5:21+23 (ESV)
By “enter” Jesus certainly means the heavenly kingdom of God.
Author: Karl-Otto Böhringer - from his book Happiness Booster