2004-02-16 - B2: The Body
Encore 1999-02-09 ~ The Holy Alphabet Series
Psalm 139:14, "I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well."
"The Body is the outward and earthly part of Man, made of the beginning of the dust of the earth, Gen. 2:7,:19." --Robert Port
The body is an amazing thing. We all seem to know this because we place such an emphasis on the body. Looking marvelous is the focus of so many publications, TV shows, books, and seminars. "If you look good, you will feel good", we are told. However, that's not true and we know it. There are lots of people who look great and feel horrible about the way they look. Here is a rough-and-ready look at the body and Scripture:
The body was created by God (Genesis 2:7, 21), and has the image of God (Genesis 9:16, Colossians 3:10). Sin made the body subject to death (Romans 5:12) and it became a instrument of evil (Romans 1:24-32). Salvation in Christ makes the body alive again to Christ (Romans 6:8-11, Philippians 1:20), redeemed (Romans 8:23), dead to sin (Romans 8:10), and renews the body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). In the resurrection our bodies will be raised (John 5:28, 29), transformed (Philippians 3:21), perfected (1 Thessalonians 5:23), and glorified (Romans 8:28,29).
"Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked." --Augustine
Soli Deo Gloria,