A BODY to REVEAL HIS GLORY
BY: RAY PRINZING
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body.” (Phil. 3:20-21)
Our present earthen vessel body is spoken of as a “vile body,” or more literally, from the Greek text, a “body of humiliation, “being subjected to the tyranny of change and decay. It also is a body that conceals what we really are inside. But when we have a changed body, like unto His glorious body, our new body will be a revelation of our true state of being in Him.
When Adam and Eve lost their covering of light, they were naked, and so “Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.” (Job 10:11), to conceal, to cover, to hide this state of being with all of its emptiness and vanity. And when Jesus came unto His own, they knew Him not, for He who was the manifestation and revelation of God to man, was concealed in a body after the fashion of our humiliation, and they could not see His glory.
But on the mount, when He was transfigured before a few of His disciples, to give expression for a brief moment of His true inner nature, they beheld the glory “as of the only begotten of the Father.” (John 1:14) But after His resurrection, when He passed through the door when it was closed, to stand before them, to their amazement, His body gave testimony of who He truly was. And so also, our new body shall be a revelation of our new and true state of being in Christ.
Presently, we “have this treasure in earthen vessels,” (2 Cor. 4:7) and much of the light is concealed by the flesh. Only when our spirits are joined to each other, and flow in oneness with the Spirit of Christ, do we really discern the true life that is hidden in each other’s earthen vessel. If we are not careful, we fall into the snare of judging after the outward, and read the flesh instead of the inner spirit. But when we shall have been totally changed, all will know our true inner state, for our body will be a revelation of His glory, redounding to His praise.