3.4.11.3 The resurrection body of Jesus Christ

The resurrection body of Jesus Christ is a glorious body. His resurrection did not signify a return to His earthly existence. It is fundamentally distinct from the raising of Lazarus, for example (John 11: 17-44), who died again at a later point in time. The risen Christ has been permanently torn from the clutches of death: we know "that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him" (Romans 6: 9). God has raised up Jesus from the dead, no more to return to corruption (Acts 13: 34-35).

Christ lives by the power of God (2 Corinthians 13: 4). After the resurrection, His glorious body was taken out of the finiteness and mortality of the flesh. He was no longer bound to space or time. It was in this body that the Lord appeared in the midst of His disciples (Luke 24: 36), walked through closed doors (John 20: 19, 26), broke bread with His disciples (Luke 24: 30), showed them His wounds, and ate with them (Luke 24: 40-43). He thereby made it clear that He was not a "spirit", but that He was with them in His physical presence as Jesus Christ.

Apostle Paul compares Christ's resurrection body to the body which the dead in Christ will occupy after their resurrection. This is a spiritual body which will resurrect in glory and in power (1 Corinthians 15: 42-44). In the transformation at the return of Christ, the living will receive a body that conforms to the glorious body of Christ (Philippians 3: 21).

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