The kingdom of God involves harmony of the earthly and spiritual. The promises of God included restoration and salvation, not only for us, but for all creation. Taking just the spiritual part without the natural part is not biblical. Unfortunately, this is what we in the Christian church have done for so long because to admit that the kingdom includes the earthly is also to admit that God cares about what we do here on Earth. Suddenly all those “rules and rituals” become important. Once the earthly becomes important so does how we care for the Earth, how we care for our bodies, and even, dare I say it, how we care for Israel.
This place a tremendous amount of responsibility on us and suddenly we are not allowed to pack up and go hide in a monastery while pretending to be “holy”as the world falls apart around us.
It also means, contrary to the current Christian trend, that we are not allowed to pack up and go hide in churches until Messiah returns to save us while pretending to be “holy” as the world falls apart around us.
When we take the spiritual without the natural we are not practicing a biblical faith; will we are practicing is actually closer to Hinduism than anything taught in the Bible.
We know that the world will be restored in this is further confirmed by the fact that we are promised a resurrected body. If God were not going to restore the world than we could remain purely spiritual beings after we die.
What use would we have for a body in heaven? In all honesty there is none.
This then begs the question, what is the purpose of a resurrected body?
The simple fact that we are promised a resurrected body also demands a restoration of the world we live in.
19For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
When you look and see all the “natural disasters” happening around the world that can be no doubt that this “creation was subjected to futility.”
The goal always has been and always will be complete and total restoration.
The apostles constantly asked Jesus when he was going to restore the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6) but they understood and taught that there would come a time when all things would be restored (Acts 3:21).
As the apostles remind us God has spoken these things by the mouth of His holy prophets from the beginning.
Biblical restoration is the restoration of all that was lost when Adam sinned.
Therefore, restoration, in order for it to be biblical, must include the restoration of planet Earth.
Perhaps Jesus sums it up best:
28 Yeshua said to them, “Yes. I tell you that in the regenerated world, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Isra’el.
It is in this regenerated world that are resurrected bodies will be required in any belief system or faith which expects anything less than a complete restoration of all creation is a faith which fall short of the promises we have been given from God.