Will we have a material body as we have today, or will it be some type of immaterial ghost-like existence?
“God created the material world and gave human beings material bodies (see Gen1:1; 2:7). Sin interrupted this plan and brought death and decay (see Gen3; Rom5; 8). Unless the resurrection of man restores God’s material creation, then sin was successful in thwarting God’s plan for creation. After all, if Adam had not sinned but had partaken of the tree of life, he would have lived forever in the material body in which God created him. Hence, unless the resurrection restores God’s material creation, as Paul declares it will (Rom8:19–23), then it was not successful in accomplishing what would have been if Adam had not sinned.”
“To put it positively, the resurrection body will be just as material as Adam’s body was and would have continued to be, had he eaten of the tree of life. Man came from dust and will return to dust. But if he is not reconstituted again out of the dust, then there will be no restoration of God’s original creation. In short, either the resurrection body is material or else God lost the creation to Satan.”
 Geisler, N. L. (1992). The battle for the resurrection (167). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers.
Published on Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 4:44 AM CDT