(iii) The Resurrection Body(15:35-58)

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35But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?"

36Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.

37And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain-- perhaps wheat or some other grain.

38But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.

39All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fish, and another of birds.

40There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

41There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.

42So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.

43It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.

44It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

45And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

46However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.

47The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.

48As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.

49And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

51Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed--

52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."

55"O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"

56The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

a. In verses 35-58 Paul takes up the question about the nature of the RESURRECTION BODY.

b. In verses 36-41 he argues from the picture of a SEED to make the point that death does not mean the END but it does mean CHANGE.

c. Then he argues that God has made all things with different kinds of BODIES.

d. He applies these pictures to Christian experience by saying that we all share the NATURAL body with Adam, so too shall we share the SPIRITUAL body with Christ.

The main point is that our present bodies are like dishonourable seed, but just as seed changes into a beautiful plant so we will be raised into a glorious form. This will be when Jesus comes back again, and in a twinkling of an eye (a blink) we will be CHANGED (clothed with resurrection bodies that will never decay). We must be changed as our present fallen bodies cannot inherit the fullness of God's Kingdom.

The Application for us Today.

Remember, the application here is that of having correct THEOLOGY....

(a) From this chapter we see that the WHOLE MAN IS REDEEMED. Remember that the SPIRIT IS SAVED, THE SOUL IS BEING SAVED and THE BODY WILL BE SAVED at the Second coming of Christ, where we will be given new bodies that will never grow old or have the same limitations they have today.

(b) The present body is MORTAL and is wasting away. With what kind of bodies will the believer be resurrected ? The answer is: The same body , but no longer the same! It is the present mortal body that is raised but it will be adapted to the new conditions of eternity. The perishable shall be raised imperishable.

(c) In the light of the above, how should we treat our bodies and what should we believe about or bodies ? Think on this!

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