Fashioned like his glorious body

Philippians-3-20

The Verse of Day for June 14, 2016 is taken from Philippians 3:20 which in the King James Version ends with a colon, indicating that fullness of subject is not complete without reading verse 21.

Philippians 3:20-21

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

In a previous blog entry, I commented on this particular passage and commented concerning a television show that I once viewed a number of years ago. I recall watching an amazing physical renovation of an individual in an episode of the early reality show, Extreme Makeover. The only segment that I ever viewed featured a woman who was transformed over a six-week period through diet, exercise and plastic surgery, with the entire process being documented from the initial consultants to the final “Reveal” when she returned home to show off her makeover to family and friends.

I refer to this television reality show in this poem which also mentions the Verse of the Day:

The Ultimate “Extreme Makeover”

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.

Philippians 3:20-21

 

We await with outstretched necks for that glorious day

When we shall see the sunrise in the eastern sky,

When we are gathered in the twinkling of an eye.

To behold our new bodies will take our breath away,

So transformed and fashioned in splendid array.

Those who love His appearing He will not deny,

As all creation yearns and utters their deepest cry.

No longer concealed but now proudly on display,

Every fleshly flaw the love of God shall cover.

We look upon his face and see ourselves reflected

In the rapturous gaze of our expectant lover.

The work of our ministry has been perfected.

In the fullness of His presence we discover

Sublime joy in the ultimate “Extreme Makeover.”

The concept of the “Ultimate Extreme Makeover” also brought to mind the passage from 1 Corinthians 15 which describes the glorious transformation of our mortal bodies into immortality, being fashioned like Christ’s glorious resurrected body

1 Corinthians 15: 50-57 (NKJV):

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 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. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55 “O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We close our discussion with the California Baptist University Choir & Orchestra, describing that glorious moment “When He Shall Come”:

We close our discussion with the California Baptist University Choir & Orchestra, who describe that glorious moment “When He Shall Come”:

 

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