THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CELESTIAL BODY AND A BODY CELESTIAL
Eternal life is the sustained consciousness of living the life of God and this life is celestial. It is possible to live the celestial life physically, mentally or spiritually, each, and together forever. It can happen even in our present life time or after (John 11:25-26). Death is therefore the vehicle for conveying those who could not sustain the fellowship of the celestial life in their lives physically and mentally while in this life. And sure, the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth. This makes it possible for the continuous “strive to enter in by the strait gate into life”. This is the way we (humans) have wired our world.
There are two types of bodies: terrestrial (earthly) and celestial (heavenly), humans are terrestrial beings living on earth. By the appointment of the almighty God, we are terrestrial beings with access to celestial fellowship through our minds and hearts. This is what distinguishes man from other created tendencies: it is what makes a man to possess features in the likeness of the almighty God, if this can be understood thus.
Every knowledge begins with the “basics”, like our academic systems begin with our understanding alphabets and symbols related to the language and classics of the knowledge we seek, many of which we now take for granted. Every learning has it elements. For a mortal man to understand the knowledge of God, he must receive it fundamentally as would a child learning the basics and the elements.
This is the reason a mortal man must first be “born again” to find the capacity to “enter into the kingdom of God”. Being born again is a process that ensures the renewing of a man’s mind (the “truth” he habits) and his heart (the “spirit” he believes). This is in order to sow God’s truth and spirit in the man’s mind and heart. Growing in these leads to “Eternal Life”. I pray daily that I may find the grace and mercies to keep on keeping on.
According to Apostle Paul, “the dead in Christ shall rise first…and they who live and remain shall be caught up to be with the Lord in the air”. This means that when a man dies in Christ, he is transported first into the air, and they who live believing Christ shall be enraptured to join up with them, and since rapture is an event, men who are raptured are spiritually enraptured: meaning a conscious lifting up to be with the lord bodily.
Men get enraptured consistently like it happened to Enoch and Elijah, and so many dead in Christ have risen and are situated in the “blossom of Abraham”. God has never stopped his moves in all creation at any time: however, he is at rest according to scripture, but like an investor whose money works for him, God’s investments in creation are at work constantly for him.
So up there, there are celestial bodies (of those who died in Christ) and there are bodies-celestial (of those who are spiritually enraptured). It is wrong to locate these happening to a certain period when all earth were all stand still and there are confusions everywhere. Our God is a God of order and orderliness. No matter the distraction of man, God is Constant. His ways are sure and infallible.
There are records showing humans who were taken out of this world bodily, and yes you can commence your next divine assignment before the second death, even from where you are right now: the consciousness of man is shared in two, bodily – the physical consciousness and the mental consciousness, and both submit information attending to spiritual consciousness (information attending to the presence, or not, of the Holy Spirit in a human life). This is why eternal life is knowledge in itself (John 17:3).
Why should a mortal man possessing the spirit of an unending life yet die?
This is not the problem if he believed and strove to abide in faith. A believer gets to the “shore” of life in Christ after all, what matters at the shore depends on the desire of each man to “drink” from the “waters of life”, and importantly, what “depth” we are content with while inside the “rivers of life”. It is possible to drown in the ” Rivera of life” and “drink in” so much life to be translated into celestial living.
It is possible to be scared to enter into the river, it is possible to be content with been “ankle” deep, or “knee” deep, or “waist” deep, or “neck” deep or even “drown”. It depends on individual contentment with the “waters of life”. It is possible not to die. It is possible for your human body not to suffer corruption. No one on earth has been able to locate the burial place of Moses, meaning his bones have not been located up till now. So, it really does not matter whether we are alive or dead, because, either way, we are Christ’s.
But something is the matter.
I was on my farm working. I did not know that I stepped on the gathering of biting ants and I was stung by some, painfully though but the incident raised a concern in my heart, and I said quietly in my heart “God, did you really create these ants”, and he answered ” no!”, I only permitted it to be, but it is a product of human degradation of his environment. They are by reason of the “dead”. They exist because the flesh dies and the spirit wanders desiring a body.
Our earth was polluted when death was introduced by the disobedience of man. The Lord God killed the first flesh to make skins to cover Adam’s nakedness. Then a man killed his brother, and so did the “body of matter” contribute to the pollution of the earth by its decomposition and the generation of biogenetics in our environments led to the existence of mosquitoes – they constantly die and get translated until they are no more. We will discuss this in another chapter of this book, on “the dynamics of death”.
When God sentenced the woman to birth labour and the man to hard labour, he meant so many things. “Thistles and thorns” came into space and time, and sincerely, when ants bit me, in my ancestral farm, I was persuaded that they were vexatious spirits of dead sinful ancestors striving continuously in wickedness, struggling to find relevance, because he died without Christ and lacked the knowledge of regeneration.
So what happens to those who die without Christ?
So while the dead in Christ finds space in joining the lord in the air, the spirit of the unbeliever is redressed with typical terrestrial clothing as God deems fit according to his testaments in life (1 Corinthians 15:34-39). How did I come about this? Scripture has it that Nebuchadnezzar, the Emperor of “Babylon” was for a season “enraptured” into a “beast”, still possessing the “sensibilities of man”: this is a testation that just like human beings can be transported into the celestial without corrupting the body, it is also certain that men are also translated into conscious less animals with human sensibilities even in death.
In this I sympathize with Charles Darwin’s because he put his “cart” before his “horse”. The theory of Evolution can only find reasonable space in explaining the circumstance of an unrighteous man after he dies, not as a circumstance leading to his generation as he suggested.
An unrighteous man evolves by degenerating from being a man of divine capacity to being a creation of depraved capacity. Do not be surprise if you are a sinner, to find that after you die, you are translated into a biting ant, living on farmlands, or a mosquito breeding in mud water, and still possessing the sensibilities of man, until an appointed time.
From the book “The Mystery of Death” by Ini A Morgan
Confess Jesus Christ as your lord and saviour, believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead to save you from your sins. Ask him to indwell you by his Spirit, teach you his ways and help you with grace and faith. Thank God for your new life in Christ. Amen
You are born again and you are now on the shore of life: move to the waters and drink from the rivers of life.