What If You Imagined Your Body Filled with the Glory of Christ?

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This is a podcast episode titled, What If You Imagined Your Body Filled with the Glory of Christ?. The summary for this episode is: <p>Christian Meditation is a quiet time for you to re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind with your body. And re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind and body with God‘s presence with you and in you. Remember the quote from the apostle Paul in Acts 17:28 – <em>In him you live and move and have your being</em>.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>If your podcast app is set to skip the silent sections, disable that in your podcast app for this podcast.</strong></p><p><br></p><p>You may think that taking time to focus on re-integrating your body with your mind is not a very Christian kind of meditation. That somehow spiritual rejuvenation comes by focusing on the spiritual, not the physical. Focusing on the soul and not the body. And you would be wrong. Biblically wrong.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Tim Keller</strong></p><p>“Christianity may be the most body-positive religion in the world…God made matter and physical bodies, and saw that it was all good…In Jesus Christ, God himself took on a human body which he still has…and someday he is going to give us resurrected bodies.”</p><p><br></p><p>A lot of times Christians think the body is just temporary and is unrelated to the soul. But the Bible teaches the opposite.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>The problem with a lot of early Christian heresies — and they have stuck around for thousands of years — is that they somehow separated the body from the soul.</p><p><br></p><p><em>A good example of that is in…</em></p><p><strong>1 Corinthians 6:11 (NIV)</strong></p><p>“…You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”</p><p><br></p><p>Now the “you“ there is the key because some wrongly thought the real “you“ was just your spirit/soul and not so much your body. Your body is earthly and going to die but your spirit lives forever. This is not biblical Christianity but a kind of heresy that always one way or another sneaks in.</p><p><br></p><p><em>So Paul quotes one of their quotes…</em></p><p><strong>1 Corinthians 6:13-15 (NIV)</strong></p><p>“You say, ‘Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.’ The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?”</p><p><br></p><p>This is powerful imagery for us to embrace and envision through Christian meditation.</p><p><br></p><p>Imagine/envision this:</p><p><br></p><p>YOU — including your body washed.</p><p>YOU — including your body sanctified.</p><p>YOU — including your body justified by Jesus himself and by God’s Spirit.</p><p><br></p><p>Your body exists for God. And your body is a means by which Christ physically lives on earth.</p><p><br></p><p><em>The body … is … meant for … for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?&nbsp;</em></p><p><br></p><p>Christ came to redeem and restore your body.</p><p>Your body is part of Christ himself.</p><p><br></p><p>Your body is eternal and will have a resurrection from the dead.</p><p><br></p><p>Right now your body is God’s temple. He dwells in your body by his Holy Spirit.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><strong>1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)</strong></p><p>“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”</p><p><br></p><p>You can experience a certain degree of the glory of God in your body right now.</p><p><br></p><p>So imagine this. Envision your body this way. Present your body to Christ right now in this moment.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Your whole body surrendered to your creator so that you can be filled with his glory forever.</p><p><br></p><p><em>The body … is … meant for … for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?&nbsp;</em></p><p><br></p><p><em>…Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? …So glorify God in your body.&nbsp;</em></p><p><br></p><p>Your whole body surrendered to your creator so that you can be filled with his glory forever.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><em>The body … is … meant for … for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?&nbsp;</em></p><p><br></p><p><em>…Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? …So glorify God in your body.&nbsp;</em></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Who can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it.</strong></p><p><br></p><p>Follow Dave Cover on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/davecover" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">@davecover</a></p><p>Follow A Bigger Life on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/abiggerlifepod" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">@ABiggerLifePod</a></p><p><br></p><p>Our audio engineer is <a href="mailto:diego.huaman@thecrossingchurch.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Diego Huaman</a>.</p><p><br></p><p>This podcast is a ministry of <a href="https://www.thecrossingchurch.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">The Crossing</a>, a church in Columbia, Missouri, a college town where the flagship campus of the University of Missouri is located.&nbsp;</p>

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Christian Meditation is a quiet time for you to re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind with your body. And re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind and body with God‘s presence with you and in you. Remember the quote from the apostle Paul in Acts 17:28 – In him you live and move and have your being.

If your podcast app is set to skip the silent sections, disable that in your podcast app for this podcast.

You may think that taking time to focus on re-integrating your body with your mind is not a very Christian kind of meditation. That somehow spiritual rejuvenation comes by focusing on the spiritual, not the physical. Focusing on the soul and not the body. And you would be wrong. Biblically wrong.

Tim Keller

“Christianity may be the most body-positive religion in the world…God made matter and physical bodies, and saw that it was all good…In Jesus Christ, God himself took on a human body which he still has…and someday he is going to give us resurrected bodies.”

A lot of times Christians think the body is just temporary and is unrelated to the soul. But the Bible teaches the opposite. 

The problem with a lot of early Christian heresies — and they have stuck around for thousands of years — is that they somehow separated the body from the soul.

A good example of that is in…

1 Corinthians 6:11 (NIV)

“…You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Now the “you“ there is the key because some wrongly thought the real “you“ was just your spirit/soul and not so much your body. Your body is earthly and going to die but your spirit lives forever. This is not biblical Christianity but a kind of heresy that always one way or another sneaks in.

So Paul quotes one of their quotes…

1 Corinthians 6:13-15 (NIV)

“You say, ‘Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.’ The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?”

This is powerful imagery for us to embrace and envision through Christian meditation.

Imagine/envision this:

YOU — including your body washed.

YOU — including your body sanctified.

YOU — including your body justified by Jesus himself and by God’s Spirit.

Your body exists for God. And your body is a means by which Christ physically lives on earth.

The body … is … meant for … for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? 

Christ came to redeem and restore your body.

Your body is part of Christ himself.

Your body is eternal and will have a resurrection from the dead.

Right now your body is God’s temple. He dwells in your body by his Holy Spirit. 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

You can experience a certain degree of the glory of God in your body right now.

So imagine this. Envision your body this way. Present your body to Christ right now in this moment. 

Your whole body surrendered to your creator so that you can be filled with his glory forever.

The body … is … meant for … for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? 

…Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? …So glorify God in your body. 

Your whole body surrendered to your creator so that you can be filled with his glory forever. 

The body … is … meant for … for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? 

…Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? …So glorify God in your body. 

Who can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it.

Our audio engineer is Diego Huaman.