The Resurrection – Body Will Be Raised

The Christian’s Resurrection-body will be a Glorious Body

Note further the contrasts:
  1. The present body is corruptible, that is, subject to death or tending to decay. The future body will be incorruptible, that is, deathless or undying; it shall never decay; it shall never die. This distinction is so important that Paul returned to it again later in the chapter and reaffirmed it positively:

    “Now brethren, I say this, that flesh and blood is not able to inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you* a mystery, we indeed will not all fall-asleep, but we will all be changed, in the briefest moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet; for* the last trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised up incorruptible and we will be changed. For* it is essential this corruptible body to be clothed with incorruption and this mortal to be clothed with immortality. But whenever this corruptible body has been clothed with incorruption and whenever this mortal has been clothed with immortality, then the word that has been written will happen, Death is swallowed up in victory. {Isa 25:8}” (1 Corinthians 15:50-54)

  2. So, the resurrection-body will not be flesh and blood. It will be incorruptible. And the transformed bodies of the living will be the same in kind as the raised bodies. When Christ comes, all bodies will put on incorruption and immortality, for “Now brethren, I say this, that flesh and blood [bodies] is not able to inherit the [eternal] kingdom of God” (v.50).

    The present body is sown in dishonor, but it will be raised in glory. The resurrection-body will be a glorious body suited to command honor and praise---the sown body deserves neither; it is subject to base and degrading uses, the seat of passions and lusts. The body that shall be raised will deserve and receive both honor and praise, being purged of all that is low and vile, and becoming a thing of beauty and joy forever.

  1. The physical body is sown in weakness, but will be raised in power---with unfailing vigor, capable of great and unwearyingly activity; whereas the body man has now is inherently weak. The redeemed will have bodies to clothe their spirits (inner personalities) in eternity, only they will not be weak, material bodies like these, liable to disease, sickness, and death.

    The well-known commentator Albert Barnes made this fine comment concerning the transformed body:

    “The body of the worm, the chrysalis, and the butterfly is the same. It is the same animal sill. Yet how different the gaudy and gay butterfly from the creeping and offensive caterpillar! So, there may be a similar change in the body of the believer, and yet the same… And no infidel can prove that the one is attended with any more difficulty or absurdity than the other… And why should we deem it strange that between bodies adapted to live here and bodies adapted to live in heaven, there should be a difference?”

  2. The earthly body is sown a natural [or animal] body, but it will be raised a spiritual body. The spiritual body, however, is not a spirit. The word spiritual here does not refer to the substance of the renewed body, but describes the office or function of it. Notice that the word spiritual is not put in contrast with the word material. The body that is sown is not a material body, but a natural body. The natural body means the body of the natural man, made for this physical life. The spiritual body is adapted to the divine life or heaven. The spiritual, incorruptible body is but a contrast with the corruptible or mortal body. Hence, the spiritual body is the present body made incorruptible. A body of flesh will not be raised. The righteous will be given spiritual bodies, free from the frailties to which men are subjected in this life. The future body is called spiritual because it will be a body suited to the spirit, fit for the eternal realm, just as this physical body is suitable for this world.

God is Good, Love you all Kevin J.