Can We Sin After Receiving Our Glorified Body?
By David J. Stewart | December 2017
I received this good Bible question today from a web visitor...
QUESTION: Can we sin after receiving a glorified body at the rapture? Can a glorified Christian sin?
ANSWER: No, it will not be possible to sin in our glorified body. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death.” Thus, we must die physically one day. Jesus paid for our sins, so that we don't have to die the second death in the Lake of Fire forever (Revelation 20:6). I love the saying that goes: “If we're born once, we die twice; but if we're born twice, we die once.” That is, if we are born-again, spiritually, which is the second birth, then we only die the physical death, but not the second death.
Spiritual death and second death are not the same thing. All humans are born spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-2). The “second death” is spending all eternity in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8). So we are all spiritually dead until we get saved. Once saved, we are spiritually alive forever, and cannot lose God's salvation, which is through faith alone in Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:9).
At the Rapture, we will receive a glorified body like unto the Lord's glorified body (Philippians 3:21; 1st Corinthians 15:52-57). We will be as the angels without reproductive organs. The idea that angels mated with human women in Noah's time is heresy. Angels cannot mate with humans. It is impossible. Although angels always appeared in masculine form, the Bible is clear that they do not marry nor reproduce. The human "flesh" is one of the believer's three enemies: The Devil, the world and the flesh. This is what someone has called “the Devil's 3-string banjo of damnation.” Of these three enemies, I believe the flesh is the greatest threat. 1st Corinthians 15:52-27 teaches that at the Rapture, mortality shall put on immortality. If we could sin in our resurrected body, then we would have to die again.
The “sting” of death is mentioned in this Scripture passage. A bee can only sting a person one time, because afterward the bee dies. Death can only sting a person one time. But our dear precious Lord Jesus Christ took the sting out of death, in that every believer has (presently) eternal life, so we don't really die, we simply leave the body (“tabernacle,” 2nd Corinthians 5:1-10). Death for the believer is a graduation of sorts, from this earthly life to Heaven. I believe there will be no break in conscience at death. In Luke 16:19-31, the unsaved rich man went straight to Hell to be tormented in fire; but saved Lazarus was escorted by angels to Paradise. I believe when a believer dies, we will be escorted by angels to Heaven. So death for the believer is not a horrifying ordeal, because of the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus took the “sting” out of death, so that the believer has no cause to worry or fear.
But death for the unbeliever is a horrifying experience, where they go directly to Hell, and realize that it is too late to repent, and will spend all eternity, without time, suffering in screaming agony, tormented in scorching fire, where there is weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. And worst of all will be the knowledge that one could have had eternal bliss, peace, joy and comfort simply for the taking, for free, if they had only obeyed the Gospel by believing on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ died on the cross for our sins, was buried and bodily raised up the third day. Anyone who places their confidence (trust) in these facts for the forgiveness of sins is saved, and has eternal life.
1st John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” One day we will be just like Jesus, perfect and immortal, by His grace. I long for the glorious appearing of my great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!!!
I hope this answers your question. I like to give more detailed answers, for your edification my friend.
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