Will We Be Ourselves In Heaven? (7 of 15) by Stan Coffey

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Will We Be Ourselves In Heaven? (7 of 15)
Stan Coffey
Job 19:26-27; Luke 24:39

In the movie 2010, David Bowman appears in ghostly form. When asked who he is, he replies, "I was David Bowman."

Unless we grasp the resurrection, we won't believe that we'll continue to be ourselves in the afterlife.

We are physical beings. If the eternal Heaven is a disembodied state, then our humanity will either be diminished or transcended and we will never again be ourselves after we die.

Contrast David Bowman with Job and Jesus. Job stated that in his flesh he would see God. Jesus invited the disciples to handle His hands and feet and to touch Him.

Jesus had flesh and bones after His resurrection and Paul states that our glorified body will be like that of the Lord Jesus.

Philippians 3:21 (CSV) – "He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself."

A. Our Genetic Code and Finger Prints are Unique Now
Just as our genetic code and fingerprints are unique now, we should expect the same of our new bodies. Heaven's inhabitants rejoice over individuals who are converted.

Individual identity is an essential part of personhood. God is the creator of individual identities and personalities. He makes no two snowflakes alike, much less two people alike, not even "identical twins," are identical. Individuality preceded sin and the curse and was God's plan from the beginning. Heaven's inhabitants rejoice over individuals who are converted.

Luke 15:4-7 (CSV) – (4)"What man among you, who has 100 sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the 99 in the open field [a] and go after the lost one until he finds it? (5)When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders, (6) and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, because I hav ...

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