RESURRECTED BODIES

 

Leslie M. john

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,   In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  1 Corinthians 15:51-52

“Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die” 1 Corinthians 15:36

Concerning the resurrection and resurrected body Apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

There would be many questions as to how the dead are raised and what their bodies look like when they are raised from the dead. A seed that is sown in the ground should die first before it comes up with a quickened body.

The seed sown in the ground, whether it be of wheat or some other grain, is not sown as a full-grown body but it is sown as a seed. It is God who gives the seed a body that pleases Him and every seed comes up with a different body that God gives it.

A butterfly before it has undergone metamorphosis would be like a worm but when it becomes a butterfly it is so beautiful. The flesh of man differs from that of the flesh of animals, fish and birds. Some bodies are terrestrial, and some celestial and these differ from one another. God has also placed celestial bodies in the galaxy. The Sun, the moon, the stars differ from one another and each star differs in glory from the other.

So is the resurrected body of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, dishonor, and in weakness but when it is raised it is raised in incorruption, glory, and in power. The natural body dies and is raised in spiritual body. The resurrected body has the likeness of natural body and spiritual body similar to the one of risen Lord, who could suddenly appear and disappear at a place where He desired to go and even passing the shut doors and also could eat fish.

The first man Adam was made a living soul when God breathed His spirit into his nostrils and the last Adam, who is our Lord Jesus Christ, became a quickening spirit. The first man was not spiritual but had a fleshly natural body but the resurrected body is spiritual.

God created man in His own image in the likeness of the triune God. (Genesis 1:26-27).

God created man out of dust and man returns to dust when he dies. The death came into this world as a result of sin and Lord Jesus Christ was triumphant over death. Man belongs to earth but Lord Jesus Christ was from heaven. The body which is created from the earth belongs to earth and the body that is from heaven belongs to heaven. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The natural body needs to necessarily die to acquire heavenly body. Corrupted body cannot inherit incorruption. The resurrection and resurrected body was a mystery for long but is revealed unto us.

We have a fair idea about the attributes of resurrected body and we will have a change in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump when Lord Jesus Christ comes in clouds with the shout of an archangel and we are caught up to meet Him in the air to be with Him for ever and ever. 

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 

“O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57