June 29, 2011

God's Physical Form

The Hand of God by Auguste Rodin (craddling Adam and Eve)

Ever wondered what God looks like? Because we know that Jesus walked this earth in a body of flesh, blood and bone, we can easily guess what Jesus looked like; an ordinary middle-eastern infant, boy and man who aged to 33 years old. He looked like us and his body deteriorated like ours deteriorate. But visions of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are not overtly described. We have to piece together their visions from the trail of breadcrumbs left for us throughout scripture.

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26

God indicates in Genesis that He, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit have physical forms which appear visually like man’s body appears for “our images” are the same. God has a face, hands, fingers, feet and a back. Here are a few verses which tell us.

“ [God said to Moses] And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” Exodus 33:23

“And he [God] gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon Mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” Exodus 31:18

“For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.” I Corinthians 15:25

Although man’s body mimics the outline of God’s body, the materials which makes up our bodies are very different. Humans have corruptible bodies of flesh, originally sculpted from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7). God has an incorruptible body, formed from substance undisclosed in scripture. It is possible that God’s body is either comprised of fire or radiates fire as Hebrews 12:29 says, “for our God is a consuming fire.”

Although the disciple Thomas confirmed that Jesus had resurrected from the grave in the flesh by touching the nail prints in his hands and the spear wound in his side (John 20:27-28), Jesus did not enter Heaven in a body of flesh. Jesus’ body became glorified, or converted to an immortal composition, before entering the Kingdom of God.

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.” I Corinthians 15:50

“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” I Corinthians 15:53

In Revelation chapter 1, the Apostle John gives us a glimpse of what that incorruptible body looks like. Notice that Jesus’ glorified feet, head, hair, eyes, hands and mouth are described.

Revelation 1:13-18 states,

“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man [Jesus], clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, ‘Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am He that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen . . .”

Did you notice that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God? So what does that mean for us human beings? It means that we will keep a body, but not the present one that is wrinkling, shrinking, aching and sagging. We get a glorified body JUST LIKE JESUS HAS!

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he [Jesus] shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2

“who [Jesus], by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:21

“And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” I Corinthians 15:49

My corruptible flesh will convert to an immortal form, but I expect to have two hands and two feet in Heaven, just like Jesus does. Seeing Him as He is will be a transforming experience. Our bodies will reflect His glory.

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