This is the third post in a series on the renewed creation of God - You! The Word of God tells us that when we are saved and justified by the free gift of God’s grace that we become a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (HCSB) 16 From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know ⌊Him in this way⌋.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, ⌊he is⌋ a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
Being a new creation in Christ means that the old sinful person you once were has gone as a result of the finished work of Christ.
In my previous posts in this series You are a New Creation - You Have a Renewed Heart, and You are a New Creation – You have a Renewed Mind, I wrote that renewal starts in our hearts, the center of life and that the mind is the key to the Christian life. That’s why it’s important that we ask God to continually renew our hearts, as well as our minds. With renewed hearts and minds the next obvious place that renewal needs to take place is in our bodies.
Renewal also takes place in our bodies
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (HCSB)19 Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,20 for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.
This renewal is not only for the inside but the outside as well. Think about it for a moment. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we should treat them like a special gift. Would you let your home look run down or distressed? Of course not! if something needs to be fixed we would do it ourselves, or have it done so that our home is not dilapidated and a mess. We should treat our bodies the same way and continually renew them so that they are able to carry out God's purpose for our lives?
Renewal of your bodies can look different for everybody. For some it might be a need for a little more exercise or a better diet. It could be the need for physical healing. For others, it may be allowing God to renew you from a past sexual sin. Ask God to show you where you need renewal for your body and then allow Him to work His renewal of your body.
Renewal of your body is part of your complete sanctification
What does it mean to be completely sanctified? God wants to bless you spiritually, physically and mentally. To be sanctified means to be set apart for special use to make holy. Holiness refers to wholeness. This wholeness is for our bodies as well as our spirits and souls. He wants us to be blessed in all areas of our lives.
Romans 12:1-2 (HCSB1 Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Although I used this scripture in my post about your renewed mind Paul wasn’t just talking about our spirits but he was talking about our entire being, including our bodies being conformed to God’s perfect will.
The Jewish believers presented sacrifices to the Lord on the altar before the tabernacle, in the wilderness, and the temple in Jerusalem. These were sacrifices outside their bodies. We Christian believers are to offer our own bodies to God as a living holy sacrifice. In order to do this we must stop conforming to the world and renew our minds through the word of God. When we do that we can than worship the way that Jesus told the Samaritan woman.
After quite an interesting conversation, the Samaritan woman asked Jesus a question and here’s His answer.
John 4:19-24 (NLT)19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet.20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem.22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
You can’t separate your body from your spirit and your soul because you are spirit, soul and body so to worship in spirit and in truth our bodies must be sanctified. Here’s something a friend of mine said once “Even though I've always had a heart for worship but when I brought my body under subjection from sin that was against my body, I was then truly able to worship in spirit and truth…”
Too many of us try to compartmentalize our lives. We think that what we do with our bodies doesn’t affect our spirit or mind. We think that what goes on in their minds doesn’t affect our spirit or bodies. That’s not true we are the total of spirit, soul and body. They can’t be separated.
In my two previous posts I emphasized the importance of your renewed heart and mind, but God wants your body too. He wants it because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. For many of us that's maybe too much to handle, but don’t get discouraged.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NLT)23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.24 God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.
We need to work with God to allow Him to sanctify our bodies as well as our hearts and minds.
.Notice that I said that God sanctifies us and He does it in this order, spirit, soul and body. We first must have our sins forgiven and receive the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. If you haven’t done that I’ll tell you at the end of this post. Until we do that God won’t sanctify you and we can’t do it on our own but with the Holy Spirit in our lives we can become all that God wants us to become with renewed hearts, minds and bodies.
Scriptures about Fitness of our Renewed Bodies
3 John 1:1-2 (NLT)1 This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth.2 Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.
Isaiah 51:11 (NLT)11 Those who have been ransomed by the LORD will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
Proverbs 23:1-3 (NLT)1 While dining with a ruler, pay attention to what is put before you.2 If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat;3 don’t desire all the delicacies, for he might be trying to trick you.
Daniel 1:8, 12-13. 15 (NLT) 8 But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. 12 “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said.13 “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” 15 At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.
1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT)7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
1 Corinthians 6:12-18 (NLT)12 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.13 You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.14 And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead.15 Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16 And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.”17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.
Proverbs 23:20-21 (NLT) 20 Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons,
21 for they are on their way to poverty, and too much sleep clothes them in rags.
Matthew 4:4 (NLT) 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Psalm 103:2-3 (NLT)2 Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
But That's Only Part of the Story
God made human beings body and soul together. He “formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7). We consist of an inner self and an outer self (2 Corinthians 4:16). Therefore our ultimate perfection demands that both body and soul be renewed. Even the creation of a new heaven and earth demands that we have bodies—a physical earth calls for its inhabitants to have physical bodies.
“Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28–29).
First of all, note that our resurrection bodies are our earthly bodies, only glorified. The bodies we receive in the resurrection will have the same qualities as the glorified resurrection body of Christ. “We know that when He appears we shall be like Him“ (1 John 3:2). - John McArthur from A Glorified Body: The Necessity of Our Resurrection.
When Christ rose from the grave He had the same body as before He was crucified. The body that was resurrected was a glorified body.
John 20:26-28 (NLT) 26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said.27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
He looked human in every way. In fact He had a conversation with two people on the road to Emmaus and He obviously looked human to them.
Luke 24:13-18 (NLT) 13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem.14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened.15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them.16 But God kept them from recognizing him.17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces.18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”
He even ate with His disciples and friends.
Luke 24:41-43 (NLT) 41 Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he ate it as they watched.
Our resurrected bodies will be like His in that they will be human, physical bodies. In fact they will be the same bodies we have now only they will be glorified.
1 John 3:2 (NLT) 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.
How does that happen?
Believers who are dead will be united with their glorified bodies and the bodies of those who are still alive, when Christ returns to the earth well be instantly changed.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 (NLT) 15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves.17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (NLT) 51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.
Both the living and the dead will have their old bodies made new, glorified. As Paul Harvey use to say and that’s the rest of the story. The completely renewed body. No more sickness. No more being out of shape physically. No more being overweight. No more fighting the sins that we do with and in our bodies. No more death.
Do You Want a Renewed Sanctified Body?
I said earlier in this post that only God can sanctify us but we must first must have our sins forgiven and receive the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. How does that happen?
If you want that here’s what you need do right now;
Romans 10:9 (NKJV) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Pray this prayer in all sincerity. It doesn’t matter where you are. You may be at you desk on your computer, or somewhere on your laptop, you may be reading this on your smartphone, or your tablet. It doesn’t matter just pray in all sincerity. Don’t just say it if you don’t really mean it, because if you do you will just be speaking words. But if you are tired of trying to change things in your own power, and are ready to turn your life over to the One who can make you a new creature with a renewed heart and mind pray;
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”
If you truly understand and believe what you just prayed then these promises of eternal life apply to you. So do all the other promises that God has made to believers. To find out what they are and how they apply to you find a bible believing church and start to fellowship with other believers. Welcome to the family of God my brother or sister.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.