The redeemed will have a physical state of existence in heaven. The idea that the redeemed in heaven will be in a spiritual state like ghosts has no scriptural support. Before Jesus‘ death, He affirmed to His disciples, “I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:29).
After the resurrection, Jesus showed His disciples that He possessed flesh and bones and He ate food in front of them and asked them to feel His body. “Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and afrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” “And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them.” “And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and … while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:36-39, 41-43, 50, 51).
Jesus ascended to heaven with His body of flesh and bones and will come again to the earth in the same body. The angels said to the disciples as they were watching their master ascend, “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).
At the second coming, the righteous will be given physical bodies just like the body of Christ and will be real people with flesh and bones throughout eternity. “The Lord Jesus Christ … shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20, 21). But the heavenly body will no longer be subject to death. “For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body)… we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies” (2 Corinthians 5:1, 3).
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