What Our Resurrection Body Will Be Like

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Body

The apostle Paul opens up discussion concerning the nature of the resurrection body. He deals with two questions which foolish objectors raise (v. 35). The first question implies that resurrection is impossible; the second, that it is inconceivable.

  1. How are the dead raised up?”
  2. With what body do they come?”

A comparison is made between the resurrection of our bodies and the growth of a plant in the field.  Seeds planted in the ground don’t grow unless they “die” first (v. 36). The plant that grows looks very different from the seed because God gives it a new body (v. 38). Our resurrection body will be somewhat, but not altogether different from our earthly body. The resurrection body is related to the earthly body in the same sense that the plant is related to the seed. This should not seem strange because there are different kinds of bodies here on earth in the animal kingdom (v. 39). There are also differences in bodies adapted to the heavenly realm and those adapted to the earthly realm (vv. 40-41). Our present bodies are perishable and prone to decay. They are temporal, and weak. The resurrection body is related to the earthly body in the same sense that a plant is related to a seed. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption (vv. 42-44.)

Application

If the body I am living in on this earth gives me trouble, I can claim the victory because I am going to have a body in heaven that is perfect. What a day that will be!

I Corinthians 15:35-44 (English Standard Version)


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