JOB 22 - Redeemed for Immortality
25. For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth;
26. and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God,
27. Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
Not only did Job put his faith in the Divine Redeemer who was to come in his future, which is now in our past; but Job also spoke here about things he had no way of knowing, which would happen in his future and in our future too.
Job says that this Redeemer will stand at the last - that is, at the end of history - on the earth.
In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John hears it from Jesus Himself, this way:
17. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.Jesus Christ will be at the close of the history of mankind. He is THE LAST!
18. "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death."
This is still to happen, since we know that the end of human history has not yet come. Job also says that long after he is dead and buried, IN HIS BODY he will come into God's presence.
How can he, after he is dead and buried, come into God's presence in his body? you ask.
I Corinthians, chapter 15 puts it this way:
50. I tell you this, my brothers: an earthly body made of flesh and blood cannot get into God's Kingdom. These perishable bodies of ours are not the right kind to live forever.To be transformed from mortal to immortality at the sounding of the final trumpet, is the privilege of everyone who puts their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ - as did God's servant Job!
51. But I am telling you this strange and wonderful secret: we shall not all die, but we shall all be given new bodies!
52. It will all happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For there will be a trumpet blast from the sky and all the Christians who have died will suddenly become alive, with new bodies that will never, never die; and then we who are still alive shall suddenly have new bodies too.
53. For our earthly bodies, the ones we have now that can die, must be transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot perish but will live forever.
54. When this happens, then at last this Scripture will come true - "Death is swallowed up in victory."
55. O death, where then your victory? Where then your sting? For sin - the sting that causes death - will all be gone; and the law, which reveals our sins, will no longer be our judge.
57. How we thank God for all of this! It is he who makes us victorious through Jesus Christ our Lord!
58. So, my dear brothers, since future victory is sure, be strong and steady, always abounding in the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever wasted as it would be if there were no resurrection.
Father, today I bow in worship before You, because You have thought of everything;
You have left nothing out when it comes to redeeming us from sin.
You have even made arrangements for us to have bodies that will never die, so that, like Your servant Job, I will have the privilege of seeing You in my immortal body!
Thank You for loving me this much. Like Job, my heart yearns for this time too.
I pray now and always in the matchless name of my Redeemer,
the Lord Jesus Christ,
See you tomorrow, God willing!