Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Brumbelow on COVID-19


A few of my thoughts: 

Pray about the COVID-19 outbreak.  Pray that God would to great things in our country and around the world.  Pray for revival. 

Don’t panic, but get the facts from trusted news sources. 

Wash your hands well and often with soap and water. 

Eat right, exercise, get plenty of sleep. 

Do not shake hands or hug, but do be friendly! As you can, be helpful to others. 

Use the good judgment God gave you. 

Trust in the Lord, and keep doing what it right. 

At this point I’m not criticizing churches that close their Worship Services, or those who do not.  But, be very careful. 

Interestingly, churches were forced to close their doors in October, AD 1918 during the Flu Epidemic.  Do some research on this; you will find it interesting. 

COVID-19 is also called the Chinese Flu and the Wuhan Flu, because that is where it started.  But that does not mean to avoid Chinese or Oriental people or Chinese restaurants; they will not give you the virus because they are Chinese!  I love Chinese food. 

Our president and country seem to be doing an outstanding job dealing with this pandemic. 

In the early days many were skeptical concerning Corona Virus.  We should, however be taking it very seriously.  Don’t smart off too much about all this – you may have to eat your words. 

Stay informed about how this affects our churches at bpnews.net. 

Your church may be hurting for money.  Remember, your church has to pay the bills, salaries, and give to missions.  Continue giving tithes and offerings.  Mail it or give online if necessary. 

Mission giving during a time of crisis is always appropriate.  Two great possibilites:  Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Samaritan's Purse.  

The stock market looks terrible and, like many of you, I’ve lost a lot of money in my retirement / investments.  If at all possible, keep your money in the stock market; I’m convinced it will come back fairly soon.  If you can get your hands on cash, now it a good time to invest; stocks are on sale.  To this point, I’ve not taken any of my money out of the stock market; I’ve actually added a little to it. 

I’ve found foxnews.com to be a good source for COVID-19 news. 

Last, don’t wait for a crisis, always be stocked up on toilet paper! 

-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, March 18, AD 2020. 


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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Library Evangelism

I was impressed with the following evangelism article by Tyler Robbins.  You might want to try it or adapt it. 

EVANGELISM AT THE LIBRARY

This past Saturday, our church did a public evangelism event at our local library. The West Coast is deservedly considered one of the more leftist areas in the United States. The Governor of Washington State recently ended an unsuccessful presidential run in which his platform consisted of climate change alarmism. Paper straws are mandated in Seattle. The homelessness crisis in urban centers along the I-5 corridor grows ever worse. Marijuana is legal. The sexual revolution is in full swing.
Olympia, WA (the state capitol) is one of the more secular areas in a very secular region. It’s a small city; not much more than 50,000 people. Together with Lacey and Tumwater, it forms a modest metro area.

My experience is that, in the Midwest, your church can grow (albeit slowly) if you (1) preach faithfully, (2) do a children’s event like VBS in the Summer, and (3) maybe a few other odds and ends. I also found that many people think they’re Christians already because they’re Americans.
Olympia is different. Really different.

I never saw urban ministry modeled in a healthy way. I come from the KJVO-flavor of Baptist fundamentalism, where “run and gun evangelism” was the order of the day. I’ve had to fiddle around and figure some things out for myself. I don’t have much figured out, but one thing I have figured is that churches need to be winsomely aggressive with evangelism in this culture.
So, that’s where the library event comes in. A few years ago, I saw a flyer in the library for some kind of “intro to Buddhist chanting” class. I thought to myself, “why don’t Christians do this kind of thing in the public square!?” I looked up the public meeting room policy, and anyone can reserve and use the rooms free of charge. You just can’t sell anything. Fair enough.

But, I’ve been busy. It hasn’t been the right time. Blah, blah. We brought on board second elder, and he’s been here for about seven months. The time had come.
So, we did it.

The format we used was pretty simple:
A 25-minute overview of the Christian faith and message.
A one-hour live question and answer from the audience.
We advertised heavily on FaceBook, and gave invite cards for church folks to pass out to friends and family. Newspaper advertising is dead, and it’s too expensive. With FaceBook marketing, you can tailor your ads to the gender, age, area and interest of your target demographic. It’s outstanding. For our next event, we plan to continue FaceBook ads but fool around with Pandora and Spotify ads, and perhaps YouTube, too.

We titled the event, “What is Christianity Really About?” We wanted people with real questions to come hear the Gospel outside a church building, in a neutral place. We also wanted to give people a chance to ask questions.

We tried to partner with the Bible Presbyterians across the street. The pastor there, who is also the President of the local Bible Presbyterian seminary, is a cautious guy. A good guy. He hedged his bets and attended the event, but declined to be part of the Q&A panel or have his church promote it. I think he wanted to see if we were theological wimps. If we were the William L. Craig, Mike Licona “mere Christianity” type, then he wouldn’t be interested in partnering. I think he was happy with what he saw, and we hope to partner with them at our next event in April or May.
So, what did we do?

For the “overview” section, I wanted to do more than a “1-2-3, pray after me!” presentation. I wanted to present the broad sweep of the Christian story, and attack the secular worldview I assume most of the audience had. My talk had six parts:

Misunderstandings. I quickly rattled off some common misconceptions about Christianity, and explained that the Christian message is really about reconciliation. We’re not good people. We’re bad people who need to be rescued. I also explained we’re doing this public event outside the church building because this message is so important.

Worldviews and scripts. I briefly explained what a worldview is, and suggested we’re all handed “scripts” about how to think and live our lives. We edit these scripts throughout our lives.
Big questions of life. I suggested that not all “scripts” are true; some of them are wrong. I challenged the audience to consider whether their “scripts” for their lives made sense. I asked them to think about how they answered the so-called “big questions” of life.

The Christian script. I presented the Gospel with the framework of “creation + fall + promise + redemption + restoration.” I explained how the Christian faith answered each of these “big questions” with this framework. I was able to explain the Gospel fully and completely.

What’s your script? I then suggested that a secular, materialist script could not answer the “big questions” of life. I presented the implications of this worldview, and challenged people to consider whether they actually lived in light of these depressing implications. I worked in the teleological and moral arguments for the existence of God along the way.

Evangelistic invitation. I then urged the audience to believe the Christian message, because it made sense of who they are and of our world. It answers questions their worldview cannot. I referenced Augustine’s City of God, and his contention that moral degeneracy destroyed the Roman Empire, and his plea for the Romans to choose Christ. I asked people there to do the same.

The overview went to 28 minutes. I was hoping for something like 20-25 minutes; preferably closer to 20. Next time, I’ll cut out some unnecessary material at the beginning and the end. But, all told, it was good enough. I’d give the presentation a B+ for content.

The live Q&A was outstanding. Our church has two pastors. We took turns fielding questions, and helping one another out. I haven’t had so much fun for a very long time. I was a bit disappointed we didn’t get any questions about homosexuality or transgenderism. I suspect people were too polite to ask. Among these present, a few interactions stand out:

A young Jewish woman and her friend were there. She asked about the problem of evil in Genesis, along with some other questions. I was able to discuss compatibilism, and only used examples from the Tanakh that highlight this dilemma. I suggested she read Isaiah 53 and ponder whether Jesus is the promised Messiah. I also encouraged her to get Michael Brown’s five-volume set Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, even if she only wants to figure out how to argue with Christians!
One man asked about the Old Covenant law and its relationship to the New Covenant. The other pastor handled that one, and I followed up by directing him to the appropriate section in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

Another man, who appeared to be from the Middle East, asked what core beliefs a person must have in order to be a Christian. He also seemed to believe Christianity was a performance-based religion (i.e. you become a Christian by performing certain rituals), and I did my best to correct that. I directed him to read Romans and James.

Another man asked if he had to believe in the Trinity in order to be a Christian.
One lady, clearly a Christian, asked about how to deal with bitterness in her life in light of what Christ has done.

I’m not aware of another church doing something this aggressive in our area. There might be one; I just don’t know about it. Many churches seem to do evangelism by doing service projects. They want to let people know they’re nice. That’s good. I’m convicted that we ought to do more. Everyone else is pushing their narrative in the public square – even the Buddhists! The Christians ought to do the same. This event is one small way to do that.

All told, it was a great time. We should have advertised more. We packed the place with church folks so it didn’t look quite so dead. We had seven visitors, but they didn’t realize they were the only ones! We’ll do a few things differently next time. But, it was a great success. As we partner with other churches and pool resources, we’ll attract more people for our next event. I can’t wait!

Your church can do something like this. We aren’t a large church. By that, I mean we’re well under 100 in attendance on Sunday morning. We didn’t do PowerPoints. We just showed up and talked. We had tracts and other literature available. This was a minimalist event. It’s easy to do.
The audio for our event is below. The overview presentation goes to 28:00; the rest is the Q&A. My voice is the one you hear at the beginning; the other pastor doesn’t chime in until he opens the Q&A session after 28:00.


-Tyler Robbins is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist Seminary and a pastor at Sleater Kinney Road Baptist Church, in Olympia WA. He’s also an Investigations Program Manager with the State of Washington. He blogs as the Eccentric Fundamentalist and is the author of What’s It Mean to be a Baptist?

See original article at SharperIron:
(Used here by permission)

-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, February 25, AD 2020.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Accomplishments of President Trump

In the midst of much condemnation of our president, following are some of President Trump’s accomplishments with which I generally agree: 

Ending USA funding of abortion in other countries, and supporting the Pro-Life cause. 
An excellent Vice-President, Mike Pence. 
Lowering taxes. Something that ultimately helps rich and poor alike. 
Very strong economy, helping everyone, including minorities like Blacks and Hispanics.  Unemployment at record lows. 
Strong Stock Market.  Record highs. 
Business friendly, which results in more jobs, and greatly helps retirement and investment plans.  Helps retirement plans of the poor and middle class, as well as the rich. 
Recognizing the vital importance of fossil fuels while maintaining reasonable pollution restrictions. 
More military spending, thus keeping our country safe. 
Encouraging other NATO countries to pay their fair share in military defense. 
Largely defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria. 
Ending numerous excess regulations.  This also helps business and the economy. 
Actually saying and writing the word Christmas.  Many leftists are anti-Christmas. 
Christian friendly; some good Christian advisors. 
Nominating conservative Supreme Court justices, and numerous other conservative judges. 
Nominating conservative judges even in liberal areas.  Previous conservative presidents did not do so; they acquiesced to liberal senators in those areas. 
Moving USA embassy to Israel’s capital of Jerusalem, and supporting Israel. 
Recognizing Golan Heights as part of Israel. 
Opposing the Iran deal, and supporting freedom protestors in Iran. 
Supporting freedom protesters in Hong Kong. 
Cuts to United Nations. 
Opposing Paris accord on Global Warming. 
Getting tough, yet communicating, with North Korea. 
Justice and prison reform. 
Trump administration arguing in Supreme Court in favor of a Christian baker’s right to not be forced to design a wedding cake for same-sex wedding.  One should be free to do so, or not do so. 
Tough trade talks with China, Canada, Mexico, France, etc.  Insisting America be treated fairly in international trade. 
More emphasis on religious liberty, here and abroad. 

As Cal Thomas says, “Character matters, but so do results.”

-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, January 7, AD 2020. 

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Christmas Movies; Boatwright


Phil Boatwright, author of Movies: the Good, the Bad, and the Really, Really Bad, reviews movies from a Christian point of view. 

Following are his recommendations for Christmas movies: 

For Children (and adults): 
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Little Drummer Boy (1968)
The Miracle Maker (2000)
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962)

For Adults (and maybe children)
The Godfathers (1948)
The Gathering (1977)
The Fourth Wiseman (1985) 
The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
The Nativity Story (2006)
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
White Christmas (1954)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Scrooge (1970)
Elf (2003) 
A Christmas Carol (1951)
Picture a Perfect Christmas (2019)

Read the full article and brief reviews of these movies at: 
Christmas Movies for Everyone

No, I have not seen all these movies, and I’m sure I would disagree with this or that in each one.  After all, they are Phil Boatwright’s recommendations.  But I thought some of you might be interested in his list. 

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Honor Jesus with your church attendance, giving to missions (you can start with the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for the International Mission Board, and Samaritan’s Purse), your lifestyle, and your witness. 

And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.  -Luke 1:46-47  NKJV

-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, December 18, AD 2019. 


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Monday, November 18, 2019

Does Baptism Save? No

The Brazoria County News, West Columbia, TX, did an excellent job covering the news of mainly West Columbia, Brazoria, Sweeny, Damon (West of the Brazos River).  It was a weekly paper.  Unfortunately, like too many newspapers, it recently closed down. 

For years, I suppose, two area churches placed articles in the paper promoting the view that you must be baptized in order to be saved.  I never saw any articles to the contrary, so I decided to place a couple.  I believe our side should be told and made easily available.  The first article, listed below, was placed in the Brazoria County News on July 4; August 1; August 8, 2019.  My purpose was to briefly deal with the issue, but not get personal or lob insults. 

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Does Baptism Save?  No

Here one view of baptism has often been presented.  The following is a little of why so many Christians have a different view. 

Does baptism save?  No, Jesus alone saves.  Some point out several Bible verses that at first glance seem to imply you must be baptized for salvation.  They ignore, however, the many Bible verses that clearly teach faith alone in Christ alone brings forgiveness and salvation.  This article is not long enough to quote them, but you can look them up:
Mark 1:15; Luke 7:50; Luke 13:5; Luke 23:42-43; John 1:12; John 3:16; John 3:36; John 5:24; John 6:40; John 11:25; John 20:31; Acts 3:19; Acts 10:43; Acts 10:47; Acts 13:39; Acts 16:31; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 3:28; Romans 4:3-5; Romans 5:1; Romans 10:9-13; 1 Corinthians 1:21; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 1:16: Hebrews 10:39; 1 Peter 1:9; 1 Peter 2:6; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 5:1. 

These verses (and many more) do not mention baptism at all. Simply repent, believe, turn your life over to Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.  Scripture teaches if you don’t believe, you will be condemned; it never says if you are not baptized, you will be condemned. Baptism is a good work, yet we are not saved by good works.  We do good works because we are saved; we do not do good works to get saved. 

To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins. -Peter; Acts 10:43 NKJV

-David R. Brumbelow, P.O. Box 300, Lake Jackson, TX 77566.  David is a Baptist preacher & author of “Wit & Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow.”  See “Baptism” at gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com

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Brazoria County News

-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, November 18, AD 2019. 

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Discipline - A Trip to the Drive-In Store


And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.  -1 Corinthians 9:25 NKJV

A while back I was driving through Houston, TX and stopped at a Drive-In Store (Convenience Store).  You know, the kind that has just about everything.  I was alone, and no one there knew me. 

As I walked in, I began thinking of the things there I could not have. 
They had beer and all kinds of alcohol.  But I could not have that. 
They had dirty magazines.  I stay away from that. 
They had tobacco, but I don’t smoke or chew. 
Lottery tickets, but I don’t gamble. 
They had all manner of candy (Snickers, Milky Way, Reese’s, Butterfinger, 5th Avenue…).  I’m diabetic so I could have none of that.  That included kettle cooked jalapeno potato chips, pretzels.  They say bread and chips just turn to sugar; it’s not fair.  Sadly, I could have no Little Debbie Cake Rolls. 
I could not even get an icee (frozen drink) or a regular soft drink; too much sugar.  I just can’t win! 
So, I kind of laughed at myself, bought a Diet Dr. Pepper (sugar-free soft drink) and left.  And hey, I did save a lot of money. 

Some may argue that’s legalism.  No, it’s just being prudent and wise  (Proverbs 22:3; Romans 16:19).  Self-destructive behavior is, well, self-destructive.  We are to be temperate in all things. 

The Sunday School Helper of 1896 wisely quoted, “Temperance is the moderate use of all things helpful and total abstinence from all things harmful.” 

So, as I raise an ice-cold Diet Dr. Pepper, here’s to you.  May you live a wise, prudent, productive life. 

-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, November 5, AD 2019. 

PS – I will admit my eating habits are not perfect, but I’m sincerely striving to do better.  I do eat my fruits and vegetables and drink V8 (vegetable juice).  It seems all life is a discipline. 

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Intermediate State; Do You Have a Body Between Death and Resurrection?


1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 
3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 
4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.  -2 Corinthians 5:1-4  NKJV

Does the Christian have a body in the time period between his death, and his resurrection (or Rapture)? 

At death a believer’s spirit / soul goes immediately to Heaven to be with the Lord.  His / her body is buried.  At the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), believers will return with Jesus Christ, and they will be reunited with their resurrected bodies.  But are they simply disembodied spirits between death and the resurrection?  No, they will receive, “a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”  An interim body, if you please. 

When a church is without a pastor, they often call an interim pastor to serve in the meantime, until a permanent pastor is called.  When a company CEO (Chief Executive Officer) resigns, they often elect an interim CEO.  A university may elect an interim president.  Some auto repair shops offer you an loan car to drive until your own car is repaired.  In a similar way, it seems God will have an interim body immediately ready for us upon our death. 

The witch of En Dor and King Saul (1 Samuel 28) saw and immediately recognized, the recently deceased Samuel (this seems to be an unusual, one-time event, when God allowed a dead saint to actually appear on earth with a message for Saul). 

Moses and Elijah were seen and recognized, apparently in bodily form, on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17; Mark 9; Luke 9). 

In the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus, after their deaths, their physical bodies are referred to: eyes, tongue, finger (Luke 16). 

In Revelation 6:9; 20:4 the Apostle John uses the phrase, “I saw the souls,” of those who had died. 

While these instances may not spell it out, they seem to imply a physical body after death, but before resurrection. 

The Apostle Paul, in 2 Corinthians 5:1-4, seems to more strongly point out upon our death, “we have a building from God, a house not made with hands.”  While many scholars claim this is speaking of the resurrection, Paul does not say so.  It also uses the present tense, immediately upon death, we “have” this building from God.  The word “house” is used to refer to our bodies on this earth, and “house” is used to refer to those bodies we will receive in Heaven.  Why not take the simple meaning of this passage rather than saying it does not mean what it seems to mean?  Paul spoke of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4), and here he speaks of our receiving a body during what is often called the “intermediate state,” the time between death and the resurrection. 

To sum up, when a Christian dies, his soul / spirit leaves the body and goes to Heaven to be with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; John 14:3).  At the resurrection (or rapture) we will return with Christ and be reunited with our resurrected bodies (1 Thessalonians 4; 1 Corinthians 15).  But in the meantime (intermediate state), the Bible implies we will have an interim body (2 Corinthians 5:1-8). 

John R. Rice (AD 1895-1980) was an independent Baptist pastor, evangelist, author, and founding editor of the Sword of the Lord.  Of this passage he said, 

“Does Paul mean here that before the resurrection there will be some heavenly body prepared for us?  It seems so.  He expects to be clothed and ‘not be found naked’ (vs. 3).  He says ‘Not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon’ (vs. 4). 
When the departed Samuel appeared to the Witch of Endor, did he not have some kind of a body, although he had died and was not yet resurrected?  Moses and Elijah appeared to the Lord Jesus and the three apostles on the Mount of Transfiguration.  Did they not have some bodies – visible and definite bodies?  Elisha [Elijah?] had been changed and had been taken to Heaven without dying, but Moses died and God had buried him. 
So whatever that heavenly mystery shall prove to be, those who die now are not left as wandering spirits, without form, without recognition by other loved ones, without physical senses.  The Lord Jesus in Heaven has a physical body, a resurrected, glorified body.  Do you think the saints in Heaven that rejoice with Him when a soul is saved do not have some form of body also, or the equivalent of a body, while they wait?  Oh, Paul rejoiced that he would not be unclothed.” 
-John R. Rice, The Church of God at Corinth, Sword of the Lord Publishers; 1973. 

John Phillips (AD 1927-2010) was a graduate of Luther Rice Seminary (D.Min.) and served as director of Moody Correspondence School and Emmaus Correspondence School.  He taught on the Moody Broadcasting radio network and was the author of a number of Bible commentaries.  John Phillips on 2 Corinthians 5:1-8: 

“Down through the ages, saved and lost alike have described things they have seen and heard at the hour of death.  D. L. Moody, for instance, while awaiting the moment of his death, clearly saw his two deceased grandchildren in heaven.  Moreover, he was able to tell his son Will, their father, that he could see them.  The evidence seems to be that when we die we receive some kind of a body suited for life on the other side.  D. L. Moody saw children.  The witch of Endor saw an old man.  What they saw they could describe.  In the case of Samuel both the psychic and King Saul saw him… 
“Let us gather these various ideas together.  The believer’s present body is like a tent suited well enough for our present, earthly pilgrimage, but something temporary and transient.  It can be taken down at any moment.  It is a very fragile affair at best.  When the ‘tent’ is taken down we shall find that God has already made provision for the believer’s soul to be housed in a suitable, God-made dwelling pending the resurrection and transformation of his present body.  This intermediary home for the soul is eternal not temporal.  Nor is it natural but spiritual.  It cannot be affected by the things that assail the believers present body.  At the same time it is not his resurrection body although it may well be related to it just as his present natural body will be related to it. 
“Paul is so confident about these things that he says, ‘We have it.’  It is already awaiting us in heaven… 
“Paul mentions our dread: ‘If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked’ (5:3).  The human body is an essential part of us.  The soul shrinks in horror from the thought of being bereft of it.  Paul here agrees that one reason why we long for our heavenly covering is because the idea of being a naked soul is both humiliating and horrifying.  We recoil from the thought.  As F. F. Bruce points out, a person’s body is essential to him as ‘a means of communication with his environment.’  Therefore, to be deprived of it would be a dreadful experience, it would be ‘to experience fearful isolation.’
“It comes as a great relief to know that God has provided for us so that no such dread eventuality is allowed to overtake us.  ‘We shall not be found naked.’  More, since the new body is to be put on like a new robe, we shall not miss the old body.  We cannot imagine the restored prodigal lamenting that ruin of rags he discarded when he donned ‘the best robe’ provided for him by his father (Luke 15:22).  It seems likely, too, that the changeover will be as instantaneous as the changeover from the natural body to the spiritual resurrection body at the Rapture.  Paul has already told the Corinthians that that metamorphosis will take place ‘in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52)…
“Paul himself evidently thought that there was something to look forward to in death.  He anticipated being ‘with the Lord,’ in conscious enjoyment, the moment he died (Philippians 1:20-23) – and this, in clear distinction from the transformation to take place at the Rapture (Philippians 3:20-21).” 
-John Phillips, Exploring 2 Corinthians, Kregel Publications; 2002. 

Randy Alcorn has served as pastor, author, and taught at Multnomah Bible College and Western Seminary. 

“Unlike God and the angels, who are in essence spirits (John 4:24; Hebrews 1:14), human beings are by nature both spiritual and physical (Genesis 2:7). God did not create Adam as a spirit and place it inside a body.  Rather, he first created a body, then breathed into it a spirit.  There never was a moment when a human being existed without a body… It appears that we are not essentially spirits who inhabit bodies, but we are essentially as much physical as we are spiritual.  We cannot be fully human without both a spirit and a body. 
“Given the consistent physical descriptions of the present Heaven and those who dwell there, it seems possible – though this is certainly debatable – that between our earthly life and our bodily resurrection, God may grant us some physical form that will allow us to function as human beings while in that unnatural state ‘between bodies,’ awaiting our resurrection.  Just as the intermediate state is a bridge between life on the old Earth and the New Earth, perhaps intermediate bodies, or at least a physical form of some sort, serve as bridges between our present bodies and our resurrected bodies…
“If we know there is physical substance in Heaven (namely, Christ’s body), can we not also assume that other references to physical objects in Heaven, including physical forms and clothing, are literal rather than figurative?” 
-Randy Alcorn, Heaven, Tyndale; 2004. 

-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, October 23, AD 2019. 


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