“For we know that … when we die and leave this earthly body, we will have … an eternal body made for us by God Himself …. [W]e will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.” 2 Corinthians 5:1-3 (NLT)
Have you ever wondered if the body is important to God? Have you ever searched the Bible to see if the body mattered to God?
While I haven’t yet made an exhaustive search of the Scriptures on this matter, here are a few clues I have found along the way:
– God “formed a man’s body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life” (Genesis 2:7), and God made woman out of Adam’s own body (Genesis 2:22). God Himself fashioned the human body. He made it in His own image (Genesis 1:27) and breathed His own breath into it. He also made male and female interconnected in numerous ways. Both God’s attention to detail and His desire to fashion us in His own image would indicate great passion and care.
– When we die, we are given a new body; we are not simply spirit form in the afterlife, but with a new body. (See also 1 Corinthians 15:40, 54; Romans 8:23.) To me, this indicates the importance of a body from God’s perspective. I cannot fully grasp His rationale, but the body must be important. If our spirit/soul was all that mattered to God, why wouldn’t we be purely spirit/soul in the afterlife? Instead, God grants us a new body.
– Followers of Jesus are called the “body of Christ” (see e.g., 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Romans 12:4-5, Ephesians 2:16, etc.). While most consider this to be a metaphor, why would God choose this particular metaphor? God surely wouldn’t have picked this metaphor if the body was insignificant and didn’t matter to Him!
– Scripture says that a believer’s body is “actually part of Christ” and “the temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:15, 19). Scripture tells us to honor God with our body (1 Corinthians 6:20). Enough said?
Each of these clues, to me, reveal that the body God made for us is important. It matters to God. Yes, they body is passing away, but for whatever reasons, it remains important to Him.
Is it important to you?