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Bible Study Lesson 32

Christ Is The Savior Of The Body—The Church
  A.  Hades Shall Not Prevail Against Christ's Church
 B.  The "Dead in Christ" On His Second Coming
 C.  Those "Alive In Christ" On His Second Coming

 D.  Man's Transformation From Mortal To Immortal
 E.  Citizenship And Dwelling Place Of All Those "In Christ"
 F.  The Fate Of Those Who Are Outside Christ's Church




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 32D.   Man's Transformation From Mortal To Immortal


This will happen to all those who are "in Christ", the dead and those alive, when the Lord Jesus Christ comes the second time. 

32D.1   What does the Holy Scripture say regarding the "dead in Christ" and those that are "alive in Christ" at His second coming or on Judgment Day?  What shall become of them when they were taken up from the earth to meet the Lord in the air? 

In I Corinthians 15:51-53, Apostle Paul revealed the truth:

51. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed
52. in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (NKJV)

The same verse in another version of the Bible:

51. Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, {Gk [fall asleep]} but we will all be changed,
52. in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality.

"Not all are to die but all are to be changed".  They will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet call.  For the "dead in Christ" will be raised imperishable and those who are "left alive in Christ" will be changed.

For the ordinary human body or earthly body is perishable (will decay and turn to dust) and mortal (will die),  must be changed to become imperishable (will not decay) and immortal (will not die).

36D.2   What kind of transformation will be expected to the "lowly bodies" (perishable and mortal) of those who are in Christ? And why?

In Philippians 3:21, this is revealed to us:

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.  ( NKJV)

Our Lord Jesus Christ will transform their "lowly body" (perishable and mortal) , so that it may conform to our Lord's  "glorious body". 

Why is this transformation to conform to Christ's "glorious body" necessary?

I tell you this, my brothers: an earthly body made of flesh and blood cannot get into God's Kingdom. These perishable bodies of ours are not the right kind to live forever. (1 Corinthians 15:50, LVB)

Because our "lowly body or earthly body" (perishable and mortal) consisting of flesh and blood is not fit for life in heaven, thus, it will be transformed to a "glorious body" (imperishable and immortal) suitable for eternal life in the kingdom of God in heaven.

32D.3   When all has been done — the "lowly body or earthly body" (perishable and mortal) was already transformed to a "glorious body or heavenly body" (imperishable and immortality) — what scripture would come true?

In I Corinthians 15:54, it is revealed: 

53. For our earthly bodies, the ones we have now that can die, must be transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot perish but will live forever.
54. When this happens, then at last this Scripture will come true--``Death is swallowed up in victory.'' (LVB)  

``Death is swallowed up in victory.''  And, what the Lord Jesus Christ said in beginning when He established His Church will also come true.  

"And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18,NKJV)

Indeed "the gates of Hades or the powers of death" shall in not prevail against Christ's Church. For the "dead in Christ and those alive in Christ" will have been transformed to immortality and they will never die anymore.


It is indeed His Body — the Church, that will be saved by the Savior Jesus Christ. The powers of death or Hades is indeed powerless against His Church because He will resurrect and transform the bodies of the members of His Church (dead or alive) from their "lowly or earthly bodies" to a "glorious or heavenly bodies" that cannot perish but will live forever in God's Kingdom in heaven.


Please Continue Lesson 32E.  Citizenship And Dwelling Place Of All Those "In Christ"


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