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The Resurrection Body

"But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory." (1 Corinthians 15:35-41 KJV)

"flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God"

The apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) could at times be a very blunt speaker. His "thou fool" as quoted above in response to someone's question may seem a little harsh to today's sensibilities, but perhaps Paul, like teachers of all sorts through the ages, may have been a little impatient that day with others who did not yet understand what was so plain and obvious to Paul.

Awaiting The Resurrection

"So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." (1 Corinthians 15:42-44 KJV)

Paul's comparison of Adam to Jesus Christ is not as obvious, but they are profoundly similar in that they were both the first of their kind to be brought to life (see The Firstborn of Salvation) and both produced Brides From Their Sides.

"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." (1 Corinthians 15:45-49 KJV)

Paul then went on to make plain that being "born again" is about the future resurrection because "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God" (see "Born Again" - When?).

"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at The Last Trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:50-55 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) What happens when people die? (b) When will people be resurrected from the dead? Why will there be different kinds of resurrections?
(a) See What Happens When You Die?
(b) See When Will You Be Judged?


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