The Resurrection – Body Will Be Raised

Since God’s power shall raise all the dead, what substance or fashion will the new resurrected body be? People question both the power to affect the resurrection and the result----that is, the possibility and the accomplished fact.

Paul vindicates the doctrine of the resurrection by answering this question (1 Corinthians 15:35-50). He said the resurrection-body will be characterized by two things: namely, a change and continuity.

Paul shows that the properties of the raised bodies are not the substance of the bodies that were, nor are they a reproduction of the old bodies. Surely the word resurrection is strained when one insists that the exact body, the precise substance, is to be restored, the resurrection shall be instantaneous, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

Paul insisted on the difference between the bodies of this life and the bodies resurrected. He emphasized this truth by reminding his readers of the difference between the various plants and animals with which they were familiar.

In answering the doubter’s second question. Paul said,

1 Corinthians 15:39

“All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men and another flesh of animals and another flesh of birds and another of fish.”

There are many varieties of grain and bodies, earthly and celestial, each distinguishable from the other. The sun, moon, and stars differ one from each other.

1 Corinthians 15:42

“So also, is the resurrection of the dead”

Paul intended for people to understand that God is able to raise a body suitable for the eternal realm. He said just as in the sprouting of the seed, the stalk is not the precise substance that dies but a product from it, likewise the body of the resurrection. The result is one of processed, not products. The analogy from nature helps one to understand the kind of resurrection-body. The sown body (in seed) retains its identity, but it is greatly changed.

God is Good! Love you all. Kevin J.