Incorruptable Heavenly Spiritual BodiesVolume 3, Number 49
Created Date: August 28, 2011
Posted Date: August 28, 2011
Dateline: Kodiak, Alaska
“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 17:
(Spiritual Wickedness and Our Heavenly Hope - Part 4):
Our last study dealt with the opposition or battle that believers face; spiritual wickedness in the heavens: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies.”. The “devil” in is Satan himself and we contend with his wiles (trickery.) It is he and his minions who are the rulers of darkness/spiritual wickedness in the heavens, . In today's study we will briefly explore what the Apostle Paul reveals about the believer's position in the heavens; present and future.
The word “heavenlies” in Ephesians 6:12 is from the Greek “epouran'ios,” #G2032, which is found 20 times in the New Testament (NT), once each in Matthew and John; 12 in the Pauline epistles and 6 in Hebrews. It is translated in the King James Version (KJV) variously as “heavenly, celestial, in heaven, or high.” We will examine its use in the Pauline epistles, beginning with the epistles in which it appears most frequently; five each in 1 Corinthians and Ephesians. (The number five is significant in Scripture because it is the number for Grace.) In 1 Corinthians, Paul uses “epouran'ios” to teach that our human bodies are inherited from the first Adam; they are natural, of the earth and corrupt, that is, our physical bodies are dying in corruption. However, the bodies of believers will be raised some day to spiritual, incorruptible bodies. This is possible because the last Adam (The Lord Jesus Christ) was made a Spirit who gives spiritual life to the believer. In the KJV the Greek word “epouran'ios” is translated “celestial” twice in; twice as “heavenly” in 15:48 and once as “heavenly” in 15:49, as follows:
“There are also celestial (heavenly) bodies, and bodies terrestrial (worldly, earthly): but the glory of the celestial (heavenly) is one, and the glory of the terrestrial (worldly, earthly) is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening (making alive or life giving) spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”.
These earthly, corrupt, dishonorable, weak human bodies we inherited from the first Adam cannot exist in heaven. The bodies of believers are sown (or planted as seed) and will be raised (from corruption/death) into spiritual bodies. This will be accomplished because of the finished work of the last Adam, that is, Jesus Christ. Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ will someday be raised into incorruptible bodies; that is, spiritual bodies just like His - read also. Whereas Paul used the word heavens or heavenly (the Greek “epouran'ios”) five times in 1 Corinthians to explain the believer's present physical body as opposed to the hope for a future spiritual body; he used it five times in Ephesians to explain the believer's present position and hope in the heavens (by faith.) In the KJV of Ephesians “epouran'ios” is translated “heavenly places” and “high places,” as follows: