This is a question I encountered frequently after the death of my father. Family members and friends wanted to know whether my dad had become a disembodied soul or whether he had received his resurrection body the moment he died. Dr. Norman L. Geisler, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, points out that those teaching that believers receive their resurrection bodies at the moment of death often do so as a result of misunderstanding or misinterpreting 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.
First and foremost, as noted by Dr. Geisler, the passage under consideration, as well as the rest of Scripture, clearly refers to the moment of death as one of disembodiment, not of re-embodiment. (v. 2) In the immediate context, Paul refers to death as being "naked" (v. 3) or "away from the body" (v. 8). Why would he dread being "naked" if he were going to receive another body at the moment of death? Says Geisler, "Speaking of death as disembodiment ('absent from the body') and as an undesirable experience makes little sense if that is the moment of one's ultimate triumph with a resurrection body (see 2 Corinthians 5:1, 4; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 NKJV)." In fact, Paul makes it crystal-clear in verse 8 that being "at home with the Lord" is tantamount to being "away from the body."
Further, if believers received their resurrected bodies at the moment of death, they obviously could not receive them at the Second Coming of Christ, as Scripture teaches (John 5:28-29; 1 Thess. 4:16). And finally, there is a direct correspondence between the body when it dies and the body when it rises. Thus, our resurrection bodies are not second bodies but our present bodies transformed.
One day, when Christ returns, the very body of my father that I watched being lowered into the ground, will be raised from its grave. It was sown a perishable body, it will be raised imperishable; it was sown in dishonor, it will be raised in glory; it was sown in weakness, it will be raised in power; it was sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:42-44). On that day, Dad’s body will no longer be dominated by natural proclivities; instead, he will have a supernatural, spiritual body dominated by the Holy Spirit and set free from slavery to sin — "an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands" (2 Cor. 5:1). Apart from that hope, there is no hope. "If the dead are not raised," says Paul, "let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die" (1 Cor. 15:32).
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank does a little clean-up from yesterday’s broadcast, expanding on his answer to a caller who was asking about the fall of Satan. In that context, Hank gives five ways in which Satan seeks to depose God from His glory and His grandeur. Though Satan still has power in the present, we can stand fast against him by the mysteries experienced in the sacraments of the Church, and by putting on the full armor of God—by which we may experience deification.
Hank also answers the following questions:
I have not been able to go to church for months; should I continue to tithe to my church, or should I give to a ministry that I am able to engage with?
You mentioned the Eucharist, what is the difference between that and Communion?
Regarding the Nephilim, how could they have survived the flood?
What are your thoughts on the Book of Enoch?
Is there a time gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 that can resolve the apparent conflict between Scripture and modern geology?All Sermons by Hank Hanegraaff