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1 Corinthians 15:35
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
The answer to the first question is simple. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead will also raise us up at the last day. God Himself will raise the dead and we will enter into eternity. But what kind of body will we have if our current body has turned to dust?
2 Corinthians 5:1-2
1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
1 Corinthians 15:51-53
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 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. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Corinthians 15:44
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
Our current bodies are NOT the same kind of body that we will have in eternity. The one we have now is subject to sickness, dismemberment, and death. It is limited to the physical limits of our world. It will turn to dust. The verses I just shared do not show our current bodies being reanimated.
We will not just be standing up out of our graves with dirt falling out of our ears. Instead the Bible tells us we will be changed. Our new bodies will be spiritual bodies. Every person raised from the dead through the history of the Bible had their body reanimated. But they died again since those bodies were still of this Earth.
When Jesus was raised from the dead something else happened though. Not only was His body raised from the dead, it was also changed! YES, Jesus was raised bodily! DO NOT MISTAKE THAT! But that body was also changed.
We see this if we look at the events following His resurrection where He appears and vanishes at will. He even has the ability to look different than He did before. We will see these things in more detail in a moment. But it was a spiritual body that He was raised in.
But what is a spiritual body like? Is it invisible? Is it intangible? What limits does it have, and what abilities?
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
This is a clue we are given as to the nature of our bodies in the resurrection. The angels are spiritual beings. So in addition to Jesus we can look at them and have some idea of what those bodies will be like.
15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
It goes without saying that spirits are invisible. But angels, being spirit, also have the ability to take on a physical form at will. So one of the unique things about our new bodies will be the ability to go between the spiritual and physical realms at will.
21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
Yes, angels can fly. But honestly, why fly when you can just transport? The Bible says we shall be like Jesus. He just appeared where He wanted to.
1 John 3:2
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Here are some of the things Jesus did in His resurrected body.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Jesus didn’t need to walk through the locked doors. Jesus just appeared standing in the middle of them. This also is an attribute of our new bodies.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
Take note of 2 things here. In one case Jesus was recognized and His body still had the holes in His hands and wounds He took in His body. But in another case He was not even recognized. In fact, another passage shows us a time that He walked with two of the disciples and even went to eat with them but they didn’t know it was Jesus! This lets us know that we will have the ability to appear as we wish.
On a side note, even the Devil can appear as an angel of light if he wants to. This only further shows the ability of our new bodies.
1 Corinthians 15:53
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Our new bodies will be immortal and have no corruption of sin, sickness, or anything else that came to our current bodies as a result of sin.
Imagine making it to heaven and then suddenly you commit a sin WHILE THERE! What a horrible thought to think you may still be in danger. But is this really something we should fear?
1 Corinthians 15:52
52 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.
Not only does the Bible say we will have no corruption it also tells us we will NEVER have corruption. We will never sin because we are incorruptible. That means we can’t be given over to sin. We will have no temptation to sin and we will not have to fear the possibility of it. We can not be corrupted.
The reason the angels sinned and fell from Heaven is because they were not created incorruptible. They were created without corruption, but not without the ability to become corrupt. We will have bodies that CAN NOT be corrupted.
These are just some of the things we should know about our resurrection. But where will we live? When will it happen? These are questions we will answer in the next few units.
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