God Can Raise the Dead
In answering the first question raised by the objectors to the idea of a future bodily resurrection, Paul used a parable:
“You fool, what you yourself sow is not given-life if it does not die; and what you sow, you do not sow the body that will become, but a naked kernel, it may be of wheat or anyone of the rest of the grains; but God gives it a body just-as it pleased him and to each seed a body of its own.”
The common processes of nature in the vegetable world answer the question by general analogy and common sense. The seed sown is apparently lifeless, but after germination it the soil, there springs the green blade. Each year, at the beginning of spring, man witnesses the whole creation of God stirring with life and power. The planted grain comes forth with new life. The same power that caused the planted grain to come forth into a new plant will raise the body of man to a new life.
If a stalk can rise from a grain, if spring can come from winter, if a butterfly can be the after-life of a caterpillar, it is reasonable that the almighty power that made man can raise man’s body from the tomb.
Thus, the seed of plants of every kind is put into the ground and decays, but a new body springs therefrom. This process is so evident that no one pretends to deny it, though none is able to explain by his own reasoning how it is accomplished. “so also, is the resurrection of the dead” (v.42).
Paul’s answer, then refers the objector to a case that transpires constantly in nature. Both the resurrection of the dead and of a new plant is accomplished by Devine power. The resurrection of the dead will indeed be a miracle. As Paul once said to King Agrippa,
“Why is it judged as unbelievable with you*, if God is raising the dead?”
It is no more difficult to believe the Lord will raise the bodies than that He created the heavens, the earth, and man’s body (Genesis 1).
So, let the doubter ask, “By what power are the dead raised?”
The same power that created all things and brought Christ from the dead is able to raise all bodies from the dust. This is neither impossible nor unreasonable.
If the unbeliever asks, “How can this decaying dust yield a harvest?” the believer answers, “The dust cannot; God can.” It happens each springtime in nature, and the resurrection occurs in the realm of the spiritual.
“Assuredly, assuredly, I am saying to you*, If a kernel of grain does not fall into the soil and die, it abides alone by itself, but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.”
During Christ’s personal ministry the Pharisees believed in and the Sadducees denied the resurrection of the dead. To the caviling Sadducees Jesus said, “You* are being misled, by not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.” (Mathew 22:29). God Almighty can raise the dead.
God Is good. Love you all, Kevin J.