When There Will Be No More Sickness

by Spiros Zodhiates

Our Coming Adoption

Paul says in Romans 8:23, "We ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption [huiothesa]." When we die there is not only the judgment as to whether we have believed or not that we will experience; we will also be judged on how we lived our lives, whether in the body of Christ or estranged from Him. God will look on our obedience or disobedience.

Some Christians have been real problems, a real nuisance to the family of God. Could you have been one of them? This will be determined on Resurrection Day. When a person becomes a believer, he becomes a child of God. The word is téknon, translated "child," and it comes from tkto\, which means to give birth. There are varieties of children. Some obey God more than others. Some grow up. Some remain babies. The other word used for believers is "sons" of God. This word is huis. In John 1:12 it reads, "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God," but "sons" here is tékna. We become infants, but we grow in increased obedience. Each one is to grow into a huis. We are to grow up!

Now the word "adoption" in Romans 8:23 is huiothesa. The first part comes from huis, son, and the second part comes from the verb tthe\mi, to place. Our adoption, then, answers the question as to where we fit. We are going to be judged on how we "fit" in the family of God. Did we obey or disobey? How frequent was our obedience? We will be rewarded based on our obedience to the Lord.

Of course, this has no bearing at all for the unbeliever. He will have gone through the resurrection of damnation and have no rewards.

Our New Home

God will make a new heaven and a new earth for resurrected believers. Revelation 21:1 says, "I saw a new heaven and a new earth." It is not merely "another" earth. The word used is kains, qualitatively new, another of a different kind; not néos, another of the same kind. Thus it will be an entirely new and different earth and heaven. Remember that only the believer shares in this new heaven and earth. Also remember that a person's spiritual life can begin immediately. You can be physically dying right now, but spiritual life can become yours instantly by receiving Christ as your Savior.

Our God-Given Eagerness

So, if you are a believer, you have the "firstfruits" in your spirit, but you live in a corruptible body in a corruptible world, and it is not totally satisfying. It is a God-allowed discomfort with the present situation.

We are waiting for our adoption and resurrection (Rom. 8:23). The Greek word is apekdéchomai, and means that I expect something from the hand of God. It is as though I am standing on my tiptoes with my hands outstretched! We are eagerly awaiting "the redemption of our body" (Rom. 8:23). The word "redemption" is apoltro\sis, and it is used for the redemption of our spirits also. Ap means "from" and ltro\sis means something you are liberated from. We will all be liberated from our aches, pains, sickness, sin, and so forth. Our God-given eagerness for this redemption of our bodies is a great hope for all Christians.

Remember, though, this hope is only for the believer. The unbeliever has no right to claim it for himself. Have you put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?

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From Sickness-Why? Healing-How?
© 1999 by Spiros Zodhiates.
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