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Redemption and the Body

Posted by Matt Postiff November 4, 2022 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Theology 

I ran into this statement today from an author whose name is unknown to me:

The fact is, redemption has 'not yet' been applied to our mortal bodies in any sense.

Is this true?

I cannot imagine saying this statement to my church family in a sermon on Sunday. I believe it is wrong and leads in a wrong direction. It is like MacArthur's view of "un-redeemed flesh." I know where he gets the idea—that our bodies have not been glorified. True. But to say that redemption is not applicable to our mortal bodies in ANY SENSE is too much. All genuine Christians intuitively recognize that salvation does immediately apply to their bodies. We:

  1. present our members as instruments of righteousness to God (Rom. 6:13)
  2. present ourselves as slaves to obedience which leads to righteousness (Rom. 6:16)
  3. are slaves of righteousness, despite admitted fleshly weakness (Rom. 6:18, 19)
  4. put to death our members which are on the earth (Col. 3:5)
  5. seek the virtue of self control (Gal. 5:23) which is exercised both internally and externally with the body
  6. strive to possess our vessels in sanctification and honor (1 Thess. 4:4)
  7. do not hold the carnal Corinthian philosophy of "foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods" (1 Cor. 6:13)
  8. know that the body is not for immorality but for the Lord (1 Cor. 6:13)
  9. learn that our bodies are members of Christ (1 Cor. 6:15)
  10. know our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19)
  11. must glorify God in our bodies (1 Cor. 6:20)

This all sounds like redemption has 'already' been applied to our mortal bodies in some sense!

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