RESURRECTION of the BODY
EXPLICITLY and REPETITIVELY AFFIRMED
BY: JOHN R. GAVAZZONI
APRIL 19, 2013
We can become so familiar with the human authors of scripture, in such a way, and in such a depth that, as it were, like John the Baptist ministering in the spirit and power of Elijah, we may be graced to read and understand, for instance, what Paul is saying in the spirit and power of Paul. We experience a particular jointure within that larger unity of union enjoyed by all the members of the body of Christ. There is one body and one spirit, with very specific connectedness coming into play in the unity of the Spirit that makes us one body.
I have been blessed from time to time to enjoy moments of breathtaking connectedness with Paul in spirit and power. One such moment involved being drawn into a very focused attention upon his explicit and repetitive way of presenting the full effect of Jesus' resurrection from among the dead. I'm referring to his statement concerning the full effect of Jesus victory over death in Rom. 8: 11. I've learned to pay special attention to Paul when he resorts to expressing himself in a very pronouncedly explicit way, while adding repetitiveness to drive home his point. It's easy to imagine talking with the apostle and have him lock eyes with me, and speak in the manner above, the effect being,
Can there be any more of an example of "laboring a point," than we find in Rom. 8: 11. First from the Amplified Version:
Then Paul applies explicitly what he has stated with pronounced and repetitive precision: "....restore to life your MORTAL (short-lived, perishable) BODIES...."
To find out what our bodies really are, we have to go deep enough, down below the distortions they suffer in this present life, down into their enlivening essence. That is profoundly deeper than what Paul---using the term in a negative sense---refers to as "the flesh." The flesh, in the negative sense, is the body suffering a disconnect from its spirit-essence, and from that disconnect, all its senses have become deprived of the truth which is in Christ Jesus, the truth OF God, and OF man, becoming "re-wired" to the wisdom of this world, to the deceptiveness of the present fashions of religion, government and culture.
Since the final goal of the resurrection is the raising of, and transformation of, our mortal bodies, and since it is to be received without question that all resurrection has as its source the resurrection of Christ, then it follows that He rose bodily from the dead in that body that bore our sin and death. The scripture is clear that
Out from the common soil-source of our bodily formation, we are given a personal DNA structure that is not lost by the dying off of, and replacement of, old cells. My adult DNA is the same as that of my childhood. Likewise, vaporization is not annihilation. Nothing is ever made to cease to exist. It takes another form, but what makes me, me remains constant within the universe, giving a body to me that is integral to my soul, which in turn is integral to my spirit, or to me as a spirit.
Finally, to bring to this truth all the vividness it deserves, particularly regarding how at-home God is in our bodies,