The Resurrected Body

Questions entered the minds of the Corinthians, just as they do ours, concerning the resurrection. One of these was, “How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?” (1 Corinthians 15:35). The Bible does not discuss every detail, but it does give us some interesting insight on the resurrected body.

  1. Paul compared death and resurrection to the planting of seeds (1 Corinthians 15:35-38).
  2. Paul compared celestial or heavenly bodies to terrestrial or earthly bodies, in teaching about the resurrection body (1 Corinthians 15:39-41).
  3. Paul compared how we are sown (buried) to how we are raised (resurrected) (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).
    • Sown in corruption – raised in incorruption.
    • Sown in dishonor – raise in glory.
    • Sown in weakness – raised in power.
    • Sown in a natural body – raised a spiritual body.
  4. Jesus, in a glorified body, appeared through closed doors to His disciples (John 20:19-23; Luke 24:36-39).
  5. John said that when we are resurrected we shall be like Him (1 John 3:1-3).
  6. Our vile bodies will be fashioned like His glorifies body (Philippians 3:20-21).
  7. We will bear the image of the heavenly at our resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:45-49).
  8. We will be like the angels of heave, in that we will never die (Mark 12:18-27).
  9. The resurrection is called the redemption of the human body (Romans 8:23-25).
  10. Putting on the tabernacle not made with hands will occur at the resurrection (2 Corinthians 5:1-8).

Study 1 Corinthians 15:1-58, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Revelation 21:1-7 for further information on our glorified bodies and eternal existence.