What is glorification?

by Matt Slick

Glorification is the future and final work of God upon Christians where He transforms our mortal physical bodies to the eternal physical bodies in which we will dwell forever.

1 Cor. 15:42-44, "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body."

Jesus is the first resurrected from the dead in a glorified body. He is called the first fruits of creation. 1 Cor. 15:20 says, "But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep." Since He is the first fruits, we will follow. His resurrection is the promise and guarantee of our future resurrection.

In describing the attributes of resurrected bodies, we can derive certain qualities from the appearances of Christ after His resurrection. He retained the open wounds of His crucifixion (John 20:27-28) and therefore probably had no functioning circulatory system and would not need to eat--though He was able to eat. Since the wounds were still open, if blood circulation were still occurring, it would have been expelled from the body through the wounds. So, apparently, there is no need for functioning blood in the resurrected bodies.

Also, Jesus had the ability to simply appear and disappear at will.  Mark 16:14 says, "And afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table..."  In John 20:26 we find, "And after eight days again His disciples were inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst, and said, “Peace be with you.”  Therefore, we can conclude that we will be able to do the same.  Finally, death has no power over Jesus, so it will have no power over us in our new bodies and we will live forever, healthy, without being subject to death again.

1 Cor. 15:51-53, "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 imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality."


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.