May 7, 2018
Philippians 3:20-21… But our citizenship is in heaven and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject all things to Himself.
Verses like these challenge conventional thinking, which is important if conventional thinking is built on human understanding. Yesterday, I preached a sermon on Jesus building our “mansions in heaven”. It is a wonderful promise. I said that the mansions are spiritual in nature, not essentially physical. I base that on my understanding of scripture, but I can also say, I don’t see us floating around in the clouds, flying through other people at will. That is a picture of a bunch of spirits. Heaven seems more real than that; I just can’t see buildings and physical structures in heaven. But then, I woke up this morning and read the verses above:”Who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body.”
Then he tells us how this happens and it makes sense… “by the power that enables Him to subject all things to Himself.”
The power of God transforms us. We don’t do it. We can’t. In verse20, Paul said, “We await a Savior.” Hasn’t Jesus already come? Why, yes, of course He has; but He is coming back for us and then He will take us to where He is. For me, that is the completion of salvation. I know that in Him I am saved but sometimes I still ask, “Is this all there is?” The answer to that question is, “No, there is more and Jesus is preparing for it.” We are still living in the devil’s back yard and still dealing with his deceptions. One day, God will put him in the Lake of Fire and he will not torment us then. That day, for me, will be my full salvation. I have wandered from the message. Or maybe not… God knows.
One thing God emphasized to me this morning is that His power is greater than I can even imagine. I have a tendency to imagine His power to be greater than what I have witnessed on earth. The great powers I have seen on earth are destructive in nature. The pictures of the destruction in Japan, caused by bombs that man made, show horrendous pain and agony. God’s power creates and reconciles. His great power is restoring life to us.