BOG, I, too, believe that we will be resurrected with physical, albeit, glorified, bodies. Jesus himself was resurrected with a physical body which was able to be touched by Thomas and then Jesus also ate food after his resurrection.
I also happen to believe that heaven will be the new heaven and new earth spoken of in II Peter and other places. I read a book called Resurrection, by Hank Hanengraaf which examines this subject in detail, beginning with the nature of Jesus' resurrection. He made a fairly good case for a physical resurrection.
Others, too, have taught a physical resurrection, such as C S Lewis and our own Ed Fudge, to name just two. Plus, this has always been the historical teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.
I originally posted this post earlier; it was prompted by some comments on the Revelation thread. I've thought a lot about this topic in the last few years. Below are some scripture verses which have caused me to reexamine my views regarding the nature of the resurrection and heaven.
II Peter 3:5-14:
They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water, through which the world of that time was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the day of judgement and destruction of the godless.
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be dissolved.
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for a NEW HEAVENS and a NEW EARTH. (NRSV Emphasis added)
Revelation 21:1-5 reads:
Then I saw a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH; for the FIRST HEAVEN and the FIRST EARTH had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
\"See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
and they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them . . .
for the first things have passed away.\" (NRSV Emphasis added)
Isaiah 65:17-18 reads:
For I am about to create NEW HEAVENS
and a NEW EARTH;
the former things shall not be
or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem
as a joy,
and its people as a delight. (NRSV Emphasis added)
Revelation 5:10 reads:
. . . you have made them to be
a kingdom and priests
serving our God,
and they WILL REIGN ON EARTH. (NRSV Emphasis added)
The preceding verses have caused me to rethink my views of what heaven will be like. Also, reading CS Lewis' views regarding the New Heavens and New Earth-Lewis believed in believers having resurrected, physical but glorified, bodies, which would reign on a physical earth. Besides Lewis, \"Bible Answer Man,\" Hank Hanegraaff, popular Christian author Joni Erickson Tada and our own Ed Fudge hold to this interpretation; Hanegraaff wrote a book entitled Resurrection, in which he examines, first Christ's bodily resurrection, then our own. Hanegraaff concludes that, just as Christ was resuurected with a glorified, perfected, physical body, so will we, because, among other things, Paul, in I Corinthians 15:51 says that we will not die, but will all be changed, and our mortal bodies will put on immortatily.
Paul says in I Corinthians 15:35-55:
But someone will ask, \"How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?\" Fool! What you sow does not come to life until it dies. And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. Not all flesh is alike, but there is one flesh for human beings, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another. . . .
So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, \"The first man, Adam, became a living being\"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.
What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
\"Death has been swallowed up in
\"Where, O death, is your
Where, O death, is your
sting?\" (NRSV Emphasis added)
Regarding the idea of the whole of creation waiting to be renewed, Romans 8 19-24 says:
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the Children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves . . . .
According to Hanegraaff, the key is the way in which the Greek words which are translated \"flesh and blood\" and \"spiritual\" should be interpreted and translated. Hanegraaff contends, based upon consulting Greek Bible scholars, that the word \"spiritual\" as used by Paul does not mean diembodied, ethereal and without form, as we usually think of it, but, rather, means glorified or perfected. He contends that as Christ was raised with a physical body (he ate fish, for example), but which was glorified, so will we be raised with a perfected, glorified body.
Well, that's enough of this for now.