Despite the impression given by its obsession with beauty, fitness and health, contemporary society tends to have a low view of the body, regarding it as just the casing which contains the essential self. By contrast, the Bible teaches that we don’t just have bodies, we are bodies. Grasping the Bible’s perspective on this subject will not only help us form a Christian understanding of some of the most contentious issues of our day, but give us practical guidance about how to live with broken bodies and serve the Lord with consecrated bodies (in whom the Holy Spirit dwells), while we wait for our glorified bodies in the new creation.