From 1 Corinthians 15:35–49, six things can be learned about the nature of the resurrection body.
- First, it is going to be a body that is incorruptible in verse 42: It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption; it will no longer be subject to corruption.
- Secondly, it is going to be a glorified body in verse 43a: it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. This same point is made by Philippians 3:21: who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.
- Thirdly, it is going to be a body of resurrection power in verse 43b: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power; it is going to have power that our bodies do not have at the present time.
- Fourthly, it is not going to be a blood-sustained body, but a spirit-sustained body, it is going to be a spiritual body in verses 44–46: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual.
- Fifth, it is going to be a heavenly body in verses 47–49: The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is of heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
- And sixth, it is going to be an immortal body in verse 53: For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
The resurrection body will no longer be subject to mortality or corruption. That is why this type of a body will be able to enter into Heaven itself.
Published on Thursday, September 9, 2010 @ 5:46 AM CDT