19 Aug. 1 Corinthians 15:35-55

19 Aug. What will our resurrection body be like?

"But someone may ask, 'How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have'?"

"Foolish person! When you sow a seed, it must die in the ground before it can live and grow. And when you sow it, it does not have the same 'body' it will have later."

"What you sow is only a bare seed, maybe wheat or something else. But God gives it a body that he has planned for it, and God gives each kind of seed its own body."

"All things made of flesh are not the same: people have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds have another and fish have another."

"Also there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. But the beauty of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the beauty of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of beauty, the moon has another beauty and the stars have another. And each star is different in its beauty."

"It is the same with the dead who are raised to life. The body that is 'planted' will ruin and decay, but it is raised to a life that cannot be destroyed. When the body is 'planted', it is without honour, but it is raised in glory. When the body is 'planted', it is weak, but when it is raised, it is powerful. The body that is 'planted' is a physical body. When it is raised, it is a spiritual body..."

"I tell you this, brothers and sisters: flesh and blood cannot have a part in the kingdom of God. Something that will ruin cannot have a part in something that never ruins."

"But look! I tell you this secret: we will not all sleep in death, but we will all be changed. It will only take a second - as quickly as an eye blinks - when the last trumpet sounds. The trumpet will sound, and those who have died will be raised to life for ever, and we will all be changed."

"This body that can be destroyed must clothe itself with something that can never be destroyed. And this body that dies must clothe itself with something that can never die..."

"When this happens, the Scripture will be made true:
'Death is destroyed for ever' [Isaiah 25:8]
'Death, where is your victory?
Where is your pain, place of death?'" [Hosea 13:14]

          (1 Corinthians 15:35-55)

 

 

Do you believe in "the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting"? If so, what kind of a resurrection body do you believe in?

In this part of his letter, Paul continues to reassure the believers in Corinth that life after death will involve a bodily resurrection. Paul wants to make it quite clear that the individual who is raised to new life will still have a recognisable body. They will still clearly be the same person they were before they died.

But Paul makes it equally clear that the new resurrection body will be different from the flesh-and-blood bodies we have at the present! Paul points out that this is only logical if the resurrection body is to last into eternity:
"I tell you this, brothers and sisters: flesh and blood cannot have a part in the kingdom of God. Something that will ruin cannot have a part in something that never ruins." (1 Corinthians 15:50)

So just as a seed when planted in the ground is totally different from the crop that later springs to life from the earth, then the dead body that is 'planted' in the ground is quite different from the resurrection body that God will give believers on the day of resurrection when "the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised." (1 Corinthians 15:52)

Paul concludes, “The body that is 'planted' is a physical body” – a ‘normal’ body that will perish. But, “When it is raised, it is a spiritual body” – a renewed body brought to life by God’s Spirit, that will never perish (1 Corinthians 15:44).

The photo (by Bluemoose) shows wheat that has grown from a tiny seed to become a ripe head of grain.

You can read more from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/…/the-risen-lord-jesus-app…/


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