Philippians 3:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 3:21, NIV: "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."

Philippians 3:21, ESV: "who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself."

Philippians 3:21, KJV: "Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."

Philippians 3:21, NASB: "who will transform the body of our lowly condition into conformity with His glorious body, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself."

Philippians 3:21, NLT: "He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control."

Philippians 3:21, CSB: "He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of his glorious body, by the power that enables him to subject everything to himself."

What does Philippians 3:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse ends the passage on a positive note. Saved believers can look forward to a time when every pain and problem with our earthly body will be exchanged for a new and improved body, one that will last forever with the Lord.

The power that will create our new bodies is unlimited. Paul's description refers back to Philippians 2:6–11. At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (Philippians 2:10–11). He is the name that is above every name (Philippians 2:9). Jesus is equal with God (Philippians 2:6) and all things are subject to Him. Paul reminds his readers that this perfect God, with a perfect resurrected body, certainly has the power to return and provide a glorified body to those who believe in Him. Believers can take comfort in their future, knowing God has the power to transform our bodies and keep us secure with Him in His coming kingdom.