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The Resurrection Body
by Wayne Blank
"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.
"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.
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.
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?