The redemption of our bodies will take place on the day of resurrection. This resurrection will be universal. It will happen all at once—at the time of Christ’s glorious return. It will happen for all people—both for believers and unbelievers, one unto everlasting joy and glory, the other unto everlasting torment and shame.
According to today’s passage, our glorification will also be bound up with the renewal of the whole creation. We don’t know how this renewal will take place. Paul seems to suggest that the creation will be renewed, perhaps in a similar manner as our body will be renewed through resurrection. But John says, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more” (Rev. 21:1). We don’t exactly know what this “passing away” means. Peter suggests that this whole creation will be burned up and destroyed (2 Pet. 3:10). Does this necessarily mean that the first creation will be completely destroyed and removed from existence? But he goes on to say in a few verses later, “But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13). This new creation is described in the same structural categories—new heavens and a new earth.