PFOA Apostles' Creed: [I believe in] the resurrection of the body.
"I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him" (â€1 Corinthiansâ€¬ â€15â€¬:â€3-8â€¬ NLT).
What is most important to our faith are these historical facts: Jesus Christ died for our sins, he was buried, he was raised from the dead on the third day. Then the risen Christ was seen by Peter, the Twelve, more then 500 followers at once, by James and all the apostles, and finally by Paul himself. The evidence are well attested historically. Furthermore the death, crucifixion and resurrection was foretold in the Old Testament writings, adding assurance to our belief that it is indeed the inspired word of God.
What these witnesses saw during those days subsequent to the discovery of the empty tomb was not an apparition or a ghost. It was a resurrected body, which could be seen, heard, touched and consume food. It was regconisable, and yet extraodinary as it could pass through closed doors. This bodily resurrection of Christ is important because his followers will also be bodily resurrected, Christ being the first fruit, "for there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back" (1 Corinthiansâ€¬ â€15â€¬:â€23â€¬ NLT).
Increasingly people are conscious and concerned for their health and the well-being of their bodies. They spend money choosing the organic foods, buying supplements and set aside time at the gym or at sports. Whatever we do, it is a truism that we begin to die to moment we are born. This physical body eventually will age and weaken. There is an expiry date, though we may not know it with any precision.
Paul said, "Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (â€1 Timothyâ€¬ â€4â€¬:â€8â€¬ NLT). In the final analysis, all the physical exercises, the healthcare efforts and medical interventions are fighting a losing battle, though they bring us a sense well-being, comfort, increase capacity for work and pleasure during our period on earth.
We believe in the resurrection of the body, for with the resurrection of the dead "our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies" (â€1 Corinthiansâ€¬ â€15â€¬:â€42-44, 53â€¬ NLT).
Training in godliness is taking the wise long-term view. It is beneficial both now and in the age to come, when God's kingdom is fully established and we have our resurrected bodies to live and serve him. "So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless" (â€1 Corinthiansâ€¬ â€15â€¬:â€58â€¬ NLT).