Job 19:25-26 KJV
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Scholars tell us that the Book of Job is probably the oldest book in the Bible. I personally think this is one of the most beautiful verses in the Scriptures because for me, it shows, away back in time, the intent of our God. And Job knew what was coming in the future with the coming of the Redeemer. The Bible doesn’t always tell us everything that the men of God knew, but there are hints or insights and this is definitely one of them.
For I know that my redeemer liveth – Job knew that his and our redeemer was coming and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth like Jesus will do when He returns. And even though we pass away in the interim, yet in his flesh shall He (Job and us) see God:
Matthew Henry says the following in his commentary:
19:23-29 Job was assured, that this Redeemer of sinners from the yoke of Satan and the condemnation of sin, was his Redeemer, and expected salvation through him; and that he was a living Redeemer, though not yet come in the flesh; and that at the last day he would appear as the Judge of the world, to raise the dead, and complete the redemption of his people.
The Benson Commentary says the following:
Job 19:26. And though after my skin, &c. — The style of this and other poetical books of the Scripture is concise and short, and therefore many words are to be understood in some places to complete the sense. The meaning here is, Though my skin be now, in a great measure, consumed by sores, and the rest of it, together with this body, shall be devoured by worms, which may seem to make my case quite desperate, yet in my flesh — Hebrew, מבשׁרי, mibbeshari, out of my flesh, or, with my flesh, that is, with eyes of flesh, or bodily eyes; my flesh, or body, being raised from the grave and reunited to my soul: (which is very fitly added, to show that he did not speak of a mental or spiritual, but of a corporeal vision, and that after his death:) shall I see God.
There are many other commentaries available that can help understand what is involved within this declaration by Job but for me it solidifies God’s plan for mankind and it gives me encouragement and peace.
Philippians 3:20-21 NIV
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
1 Corinthians 15:35-58 NLV
Someone will say, “How are the dead raised? What kind of bodies will they have?” What a foolish question! When you plant a seed, it must die before it starts new life. When you put it in the earth, you are not planting the body which it will become. You put in only a seed. It is God Who gives it a body just as He wants it to have. Each kind of seed becomes a different kind of body.
All flesh is not the same. Men have one kind of flesh. Animals have another kind. Fish have another kind, and birds have another kind. There are bodies in the heavens. There are bodies on earth. Their greatness is not the same. The sun has its greatness. The moon has its greatness. Stars have their greatness. One star is different from another star in greatness.
It is the same with people who are raised from the dead. The body will turn back to dust when it is put in a grave. When the body is raised from the grave, it will never die. It has no greatness when it is put in a grave, but it is raised with shining-greatness. It is weak when it is put in a grave, but it is raised with power. It is a human body when it dies, but it is a God-like body when it is raised from the dead. There are human bodies and there are God-like bodies. The Holy Writings say, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” But the last Adam (Christ) is a life-giving Spirit.
We have these human bodies first. Then we are given God-like bodies that are ready for heaven. Adam was the first man. He was made from the dust of the earth. Christ was the second man. He came down from heaven. All men of the earth are made like Adam. But those who belong to Christ will have a body like the body of Christ Who came from heaven. Now, our bodies are like Adam’s body. But in heaven, our bodies will be like the body of Christ.
Christian brothers, our bodies which are made of flesh and blood will not go into the holy nation of God. That which dies can have no part in that which will never die. For sure, I am telling you a secret. We will not all die, but we will all be changed. In a very short time, no longer than it takes for the eye to close and open, the Christians who have died will be raised. It will happen when the last horn sounds. The dead will be raised never to die again. Then the rest of us who are alive will be changed. Our human bodies made from dust must be changed into a body that cannot be destroyed. Our human bodies that can die must be changed into bodies that will never die. When this that can be destroyed has been changed into that which cannot be destroyed, and when this that does die has been changed into that which cannot die, then it will happen as the Holy Writings said it would happen. They said, “Death has no more power over life.” O death, where is your power? O death, where are your pains? The pain in death is sin. Sin has power over those under the Law. But God is the One Who gives us power over sin through Jesus Christ our Lord. We give thanks to Him for this.
So then, Christian brothers, because of all this, be strong. Do not allow anyone to change your mind. Always do your work well for the Lord. You know that whatever you do for Him will not be wasted.