1 COR. 15:21-44: “We’ll Be Resurrected To Glory

By

Jim Bomkamp

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1.                  INTRO:

1.1.         In our last study we began chapter 15, and we looked at the fact of Christ’s Resurrection.  We saw that Paul was concerned because he had heard either from Cloe’s people, or some other source, that some in the church in Corinth were wavering in their belief in some of the essential doctrines that a person must believe in order to come to salvation through Christ, and thus he attempted to remind the Corinthians of these teachings he had already taught them when he had been their pastor.  Paul then reiterated for the Corinthians the most essential doctrines of the Christian faith in chapter 15

1.1.1.  I gave two analogies which illustrate the seriousness of understanding and believing in these essential doctrines of the Christian faith, for they are matters of life and death

1.1.1.1.Being called upon to land a jetliner when you had never done it before you would be sure to pay close attention to the instructions given by the flight instructor over the radio

1.1.1.2.If you went in for heart valve surgery you would be very interested that the surgeon strictly followed the procedures for

1.1.2.  Paul told the Corinthians that these are the essential truths that must be believed in order to be saved

1.1.3.  We saw that there are many things about which we Christians might disagree and yet maintain fellowship with each other, however in this chapter Paul lays out some doctrinal essentials that we must believe if in fact we are truly Christians

1.1.4.  Paul told the Corinthians that they will be saved if they hold fast to these doctrines

1.1.5.  Paul told the Corinthians that these doctrines are accepted into our Christian belief system because they are according to the scriptures, in other words because the Old Testament taught these essential truths

1.1.6.  We saw that if we Christians were to have hope in Christ only in this life then our faith would be in vain, the Bible would be unreliable, we would still be in our sins, and we of all men should be most pitied because we have forsaken worldly enjoyments and pursuits for eternal promises, and incurred persecution for a false faith

1.2.         In this study, we are going to continue to ponder the bodily resurrection of Christ and the resultant assurance of our bodily resurrection for believers when Christ returns

1.2.1.  Paul is going to give further arguments for the fact that if Christ was bodily raised from the dead then all believers in Christ are likewise assured that they will also be bodily resurrected

1.2.2.  We will look at the glory of the resurrected bodies that we will be given and the hope that generates for us

1.2.3.  We’ll see that having that hope of being gloriously resurrected in Christ causes us to want to be like the Lord in holiness

1.2.4.  One thing that I want to point out as we consider the resurrection of Christ and our inter-related resurrection in Christ as believers is that when we speak of Christ’s resurrection we are speaking of a bodily resurrection.  Christ didn’t just have His spirit live on, and He didn’t just get dissolved into the great oneness, so to speak, as some might teach in these days.  One of the major cults believes that Christ returned to earth in, I believe, 1917, however only His presence came, not Him in body.  Christ was bodily raised from the dead, and so shall we also be bodily raised from the dead as believers when Christ returns for us

1.2.5.  Yesterday afternoon my son who is 15 and a baseball pitcher at his high school asked me if I would be willing to go down to our local batting cage so that he could practice his pitching with me as his catcher.  I thought about the last time that he pitched to me and the fact that I couldn’t move fast enough to dodge one of his throws and then it was two weeks of major rehab that I faced after one of his pitches hit me straight on the big toe.  However, in the time between that last time he pitched to me I had done some work at the CSN radio station site after which I developed a trick right knee and had to have arthroscopy surgery to cut my ACL ligament completely out and remove some dangling cartilage.  I mused upon the fact that it seems like every time that I try to do any working out or playing of a sport at this point in my life, I either strain or tear something.  We all reach a certain point in our life where we realize that we are facing a losing battle with time and gravity over the health and shape that our body is in.  However, the hope that all of us have as Christians of a future resurrected body that will have none of the limitations of this body, and which will be raised in power, glory, and holiness, looks better every day that we live upon the earth.  In fact, having been, due to genetics, vertically challenged all throughout my life, I have also always enjoyed the fact that I believe that the scriptures teach us that if I still have a desire to dunk a basketball when I get to heaven, that this will be no problem for me to perform!  What a great hope we Christians have in that perfect afterlife promised to those who are God’s people through Jesus Christ in this life.

1.2.6.  Because we know that Christ has been raised from the dead and thus we shall also be raised up with Him, we will see that we will be motivated to perfect godliness in Christ knowing that everything that we do in this life will have eternal consequences of privilege and rewards, and, this hope will also help us to be able to endure and be obedient through any suffering or difficulty that we may have to do through

2.                 VS 15:21-22  - 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. -  Paul tells the Corinthians that by Adam came death for all men, but by Christ came life for all men

2.1.         Paul tells the Corinthians in these verses, that in the wisdom of God, that since by one man, namely Adam, all people became sinners and therefore they will die physically, and spiritually, and eternally,  therefore, also by one man, namely Christ, all people may be able to have their sins forgiven and inherit eternal life, which guarantees their having a glorious bodily resurrection one day.

2.2.         It is deeper than this however, for not only do we inherit death from Adam, Paul writes in Romans that when Adam sinned we also sinned. 

2.2.1.  In Romans 5:12, Paul writes about the effects of Adam’s sin that have been transmitted down to us, and we need to understand that when Adam sinned he did so as our “Federal Head”, and thus in the wisdom of God all of Adam’s descendants also sinned when Adam sinned, “12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—”

2.2.2.  This is what theologians have called the doctrine of, “Original Sin.”  All mankind suffer the consequences of Adam’s “Original Sin.” 

2.2.3.  Because of “Original Sin” all people are born as sinners and alienated from God, and thus no one can be accepted before God based upon his own works of righteousness.  All people can come to have a personal relationship with God and be accepted by Him only on the basis of the finished work of Christ for the sins of mankind.  Only through coming to know Christ as Lord and Savior can men come to know God and be accepted by Him.

2.3.         Jesus however acted as man’s “Federal Head” also when He died upon the cross of Calvary.  He paid the penalty for all of man’s sins, including Adam’s “Original Sin,” and now through Christ men and women have the opportunity to have their sins forgiven and come back into relationship with God and be granted “eternal life.”

3.                 VS 15:23  - 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, -  Paul tells the Corinthians that there is an order in those who will be resurrected, first Christ is resurrected, then those who are Christ’s at His coming

3.1.         Paul tells the Corinthians in this verse that there is to be an order in regard to those who are to be resurrected by the Lord.  Christ Himself was first resurrected three days after His death on the cross, and everyone one of His followers will be resurrected when He comes the second time for His church, at that event known as “The Rapture.”

3.2.         “The Rapture” of the church is written of in the scriptures. 

3.2.1.  1 Thess. 4:16-17 tells us what will happen when Christ returns for His church, “16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

3.2.1.1.The word “rapture” is the Latin word that is used in the Latin Vulgate translation of the scripture for this word translated as, “caught up.”

4.                 VS 15:24-25  - 24 then comes the end, when He delivers up the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. -  Paul tells the Corinthians that after all believers are resurrected that the end times will come when Christ delivers up the kingdom to God the Father

4.1.         Here is the timeline of prophetic events yet to occur upon the earth (assuming a Pre-millennial Pre-tribulation Eschatology):

4.1.1.  At the resurrection of believers at “The Rapture,” the end of this present epoch of the “Church Age” will have occurred. 

4.1.2.  Then, at some point after “The Rapturethe 7 Year Tribulation of the book of Revelation will occur.

4.1.3.   Christ’s ‘Second Coming’ will occur right at the end of the 7 Year Tribulation. 

4.1.4.  Then, the Millennial Reign of Christ upon the earth will occur. 

4.1.4.1.During that time, Christ’s kingdom will rule upon earth from Jerusalem.  Christ will reign for that thousand year period of time, and at the beginning of His reign there will be people alive during that time who were believers yet did not die during the tribulation.  These people will be believers in Christ but not have resurrected bodies like those of the raptured church.  These people will live lives that are more similar to life lived on this present earth, however the curse of sin upon the earth will have been removed and the Devil and his angels bound during this time.  These non-resurrected people will live and die, marry, have children, etc. 

4.1.5.  At the end of the thousand year reign of Christ, Satan will be unleashed for a season and will lead a rebellion against Christ, however the rebels will be crushed by the Lord.

4.1.6.  Then, Christ will abolish all rule, authority, and power, and He will put all His enemies under His feet. 

4.1.7.  The resurrection and Great White Throne Judgment of nonbelievers will occur after this rebellion is crushed by Christ, and then after that, all of the demons along with all of the people who were not God’s people in their lifetime will be thrown into the lake of fire where they will spend eternity.

5.                 VS 15:26  - 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. -  Paul tells us that the last enemy of mankind, death, will finally once and for all be abolished

5.1.         Paul tells the Corinthians in this verse that Christ is to rule until He has abolished all of His enemies, and the last enemy to be abolished is ‘death’ itself.

5.2.         On the earth during the Millennial Reign of Christ we read in the Old Testament prophets that people will die but that they will die of a ripe old age and probably only from natural causes. 

5.3.         ‘Death’ is to be abolished by the resurrection of the dead to new bodies which will never grow old, decay, or perish. 

5.4.         In this chapter, Paul is primarily talking about resurrection as it applies to believers, however there is also to be a resurrection to judgment and damnation to occur for nonbelievers.

5.5.         I believe that those who live natural lives during the 7 Year Tribulation and on into the Millennial Reign of Christ must at some point also be resurrected, otherwise they would have hope in Christ only in this life and this does not appear to be God’s desire for people living in any era of time.

6.                 VS 15:27-28  - 27 For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all. -  Paul tells us that when Christ has finally put all things in subjection to Himself that He will place Himself in subjection to God the Father

6.1.         Paul tells the Corinthians in these verses that there is one exception to Christ’s subjecting of all things to Himself when He comes again and abolishes all rule and authority, and that is that He Himself will become subject to God the Father. 

6.2.         When Jesus was upon earth, He often talked about His being in subjection to the Father, and from these verses we can see that this is to be the case also for eternity. 

6.2.1.  It is wonderful to see that there is no competition in the godhead.  All persons in the godhead live to be subservient to each other.

6.2.2.  In love, Christ will not hold onto that which He has conquered, rather He in turn will turn it all over to God the Father and be in subjection to Him.

7.                 VS 15:29  - 29 Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? -  Paul asks the Corinthians a rhetorical question of how if they did not believe that the dead would be raised from the dead, why then were some baptizing for the dead?

7.1.         This verse has raised a lot of controversy, and it belongs in that group of verses called the ‘difficult Bible passages’.  The Mormons have built a whole false theology and practice because of this one verse in the Bible.  We will never know everything about why this verse appears in this text, however we must consider what we do know from this text: 

7.1.1.  This is the only verse in the entire Bible that mentions being baptized for a dead person. 

7.1.2.  One of the important things to keep in mind whenever interpreting the Bible is that God is consistent and immutable, and therefore He does not contradict Himself.  Whenever one is attempting to interpret the Bible, he must keep in mind what the rest of the Bible says about that particular subject.  If the ‘lake of truth’ in God’s word teaches a certain thing, and you find one verse that seems to contradict the flow of that lake, then you must realize that you are trying to interpret that passage wrongly.  Then, you must find a way to interpret that passage according the flow of the ‘lake of truth’ of the word.  

7.1.3.  Paul does not command the Corinthians to ‘baptize’ for those who have died.  In fact, in one place in this book, Paul tells them that there are a bunch of things that he will set in order when he next visits them.  This may have been a further error in their understanding that Paul did not attempt to put straight in this letter, waiting for a time to do that in person. 

7.1.4.  We know that God’s word teaches that baptism is not essential for salvation. 

7.1.5.  We likewise know that the Bible does not teach ‘baptismal regeneration’.  The thief on the cross was saved without being baptized.  Paul told the Corinthians that God did not call him to baptize but to preach the gospel, and if baptism were essential for salvation, he would have baptized everyone who received Jesus from his preaching.  In the book of Acts when Peter was preaching the gospel to the Gentile household of Cornelius, the Holy Spirit fell upon the household and they were saved, and as a result Peter felt that it must be ok now to baptize them, which he did. 

7.1.6.  Since baptism is not essential for salvation, perhaps the Corinthians were not performing a ceremony in order to effect the salvation of a departed Christian loved one who had never been baptized, but perhaps they were being baptized for dead loved ones simply to honor and remember them. 

7.1.7.  Some people surmise that a literal baptism may not have been what Paul was referring to.

7.1.8.  All we can really conclude from a close look at this one verse is that the Corinthians were doing something unusual in baptizing for the dead.

8.                 VS 15:30  - 30 30 Why are we also in danger every hour? -  Paul asks the Corinthians why it is that they were always in danger?

8.1.         Paul tells the Corinthians in this verse that it if the dead are not to be raised one day, then why would he and the rest of the apostles risk their lives every hour? 

8.2.         Paul himself risked far more than mere persecution as he journeyed from city to city and across oceans in order to proclaim the gospel and plant churches all over the world. 

8.3.         It would be completely futile for Paul to always risk what he did in his missionary journeys if there were not a hope for Christians after the grave.

9.                 VS 15:31-32  - 31 I protest, brethren, by the boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. -  Paul tells the Corinthians that he dies daily

9.1.         Paul tells the Corinthians in verse 31 that he could boast in them that he would be able to tell them the truth and know that they would receive it, and continue to love and respect him and his position as an apostle of Christ’s church. 

9.2.         As a result of knowing that he could tell them the truth, Paul tells them, ‘I die daily’.  Paul died to self (his old sinful nature) and the resurrected Christ lived through his life every day of the week.

9.2.1.  In Rom. 6:11, Paul exhorted us as Christians that we are to moment by moment “reckon our old man dead to sin and our new man as raised up to walk in the newness of life” in Christ, “11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

9.2.1.1.This means that we are to consider it a fact that our old nature has been crucified in time past (it was nailed to the cross with Christ), and that we have also been made alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Having considered it a fact, we are to in faith act upon that as being true in our lives.

9.2.2.  What is to the majority of us Christians today mostly textbook, was to Paul mostly the reality of his daily experience.  He daily lived mostly in the resurrection life of Christ. 

9.2.2.1.Perhaps most of us as Christians know that we are supposed to die to ourselves, however in our daily living many tend to see little of the results of a resurrected life.  The flesh tends to rule Christian’s lives rather than the Holy Spirit.  However, for the apostle Paul it was much more the case in his daily living that the old nature was crucified and he was walking in that resurrection life in Christ. 

9.2.2.2.Do you die to self and to sin each day of your life as Paul did?  You ought to follow Paul’s godly example and  live that way!

9.2.2.3.The resurrection of Christ should be evidenced as part of the normal daily living of God’s people because we have been made alive spiritually with Christ! 

9.3.         Paul had no selfish motive for going around preaching the gospel, teaching the resurrection of the dead. 

9.4.         Paul tells them in verse 32 that he has even had to fight wild beasts at Ephesus as a result of the commitment of his life to go around and preach the gospel.

1.1.1.  This fighting with wild beasts could be a reference to:

1.1.1.1.His having suffered in Ephesus the sort of torture of Christians which the Romans later performed when they would throw Christians into an arena filled with lions, bears, or some other predatory animal. 

1.1.1.1.1.However, we have no reference to this sort of thing having occurred with Paul in Ephesus at this time.

1.1.1.2.The crazy mob of people who attempted to kill Paul in Ephesus when he previously was there and God had been giving him a tremendously effective ministry.  Perhaps you could say regarding this event that in an allegorical sort of way that Paul was fighting with wild beasts. 

9.4.1.1.1.In Acts 19:23-41, we read that after a very productive ministry in the city of Ephesus that the apostle Paul was almost killed by an angry and violent mob that erupted, “23 And about that time there arose no small disturbance concerning the Way.24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, was bringing no little business to the craftsmen;25 these he gathered together with the workmen of similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity depends upon this business.26 “And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that gods made with hands are no gods at all.27 “And not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of Asia and the world worship should even be dethroned from her magnificence.”28 And when they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”29 And the city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia.30 And when Paul wanted to go into the assembly, the disciples would not let him.31 And also some of the Asiarchs who were friends of his sent to him and repeatedly urged him not to venture into the theater.32 So then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and the majority did not know for what cause they had come together.33 And some of the crowd concluded it was Alexander, since the Jews had put him forward; and having motioned with his hand, Alexander was intending to make a defense to the assembly.34 But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a single outcry arose from them all as they shouted for about two hours, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”35 And after quieting the multitude, the town clerk *said, “Men of Ephesus, what man is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great Artemis, and of the image which fell down from heaven?36 “Since then these are undeniable facts, you ought to keep calm and to do nothing rash.37 “For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess.38 “So then, if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against any man, the courts are in session and proconsuls are available; let them bring charges against one another.39 “But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the lawful assembly.40 “For indeed we are in danger of being accused of a riot in connection with today’s affair, since there is no real cause for it; and in this connection we shall be unable to account for this disorderly gathering.”41 And after saying this he dismissed the assembly.”        

1.1.1.2.1.This would mean then that Paul was describing the people in Ephesus as being similar to how false teachers in the church were described in various places in the New Testament, for example:

1.1.1.2.1.1.2 Peter 2:12: “12 But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed.”

9.4.1.1.1.1.Jude 10:  “10 But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed.”

9.4.1.2.Some other experience not recorded in the book of Acts or mentioned directly in any of his epistles. 

9.4.1.2.1.We do know for instance from 2 Corinthians that Paul had something that was so difficult happen to him in Ephesus that it caused them to even despair of life itself, and this event caused Paul to change his travel plans to visit the Corinthians.   

9.5.         Paul’s point here is that none of the things that Paul suffered or labored to perform in ministry were any profit to him if the dead were not to be raised from the dead. 

9.6.         Paul tells the Corinthians that if the dead are not to be raised, then we all may just as well “party hearty” and live for the things of this word, ‘let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die’.

10.            VS 15:33-34  - 33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. -  Paul exhorts the Corinthians about the fact that who a person hangs around with can cause his morals to be corrupted

10.1.    Paul knew that there were some in the church in Corinth who had in the past committed sexual immorality, however they had repented of it.  He appears here to be warning the church about hanging around with those who are supposed Christians who are doing these types of things.

10.1.1.We see from the book of 2 Corinthians that Paul finds out not only that there were some in the Corinthian church who had committed sexual immorality, but that there were some others who were continuing to do so.  This will then prompt Paul shortly after the writing of this letter to pay an immediate visit to the church to make a difficult confrontation of those who were continuing to live in sexual immorality.

10.2.    Paul in these two verses stops in order to suggest practical applications of the things that he has said to the Corinthians in this chapter.  He tells them that they should not allow anyone to deceive them from the truth that if a Christian hangs around a lot with ungodly people, then those people will wear off on them, and the people’s morals will become their morals.

10.3.    In verse 34, Paul tells the Corinthians that as a result of contemplation of these truths concerning the verity of the resurrection of the dead for all true Christians, that they ought to ‘become sober-minded’, which means that they ought to have a reality check.  

10.3.1.If each true Christian is going to be resurrected by Christ, then he ought to try to the best of his or her ability to live for the things that count, the things that will last for eternity. 

10.3.2.If a non-Christian is going to be resurrected to damnation if he or she does not know Christ in this life, then they ought to think ‘soberly’ and repent of their sins asking the Lord Jesus to be their Lord and Savior.

10.4.    In verse 34, Paul tells the Corinthians to ‘stop sinning’, and the reason that he gives for this is not only that when God’s people sin it deeply grieves the Lord, but also that some people of this world who do not know God may as a result of a Christian’s conduct stumble spiritually, instead of be persuaded to become a Christian and thus have that eternal life that is promised to true believers.

10.5.    We Christians must be careful about whom we hang around with. 

10.5.1.We can and must be witnesses to the people of this world, but we must be very careful about how much time and what sort of time we spend with non-Christians, especially non-Christians that are into very ungodly habits. 

10.5.2.We often think that we will be able to change our non-Christian friends, however if we spend too much time with them or the wrong kind of time with them, we will be changed not them. 

10.5.3.I usually don’t recommend that a single Christian have a non-Christian as a roommate.  The reason is that the Christian is in too close of proximity to the non-Christian and his lifestyle habits, and what usually happens in these situations is that the Christian will stumble in his walk instead of influence the non-Christian for Christ. 

10.5.4.I also always try to talk a Christian out of dating or marrying a non-Christian for the same reasons:   if you do so you are going to have a struggle to keep your morals from being corrupted.

10.5.4.1.Paul has already exhorted them not to be bound together with non-believers.

10.6.    When we Christians consider the fact that one day we shall be resurrected and stand before the Lord for a judgment of rewards, then we should be persuaded not to live a life of sin in this world.  We shall one day be ashamed of our life if we have not lived it as the Lord would have us to do.

11.            VS 15:35  - 35 But someone will say, "How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?" -  Paul asks a question that someone might ask concerning what type of body those who are raised in Christ will have?

11.1.    In this next section of chapter 15, Paul answers the questions that some have wondered concerning what type of body that Christians shall have in the resurrection, and how their body can and will be transformed by God?

11.2.    Some of the Corinthians could not understand how that God would be able to transform their earthly bodies into a resurrection body, and therefore they were believing and teaching others that there was to be no resurrection of the dead.

12.            VS 15:36-38  - 36 You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; 37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. -  Paul tells the Corinthians that their present body has to die in order for the new resurrected body to be created

12.1.    In these verses, Paul uses as an analogy of how the body is to be changed by God in the resurrection. The example is that of seed that is sown by a farmer in order to grow a crop. 

12.1.1.Paul tells the Corinthians that a seed is not the actual crop that is to be grown, but is of a different nature itself. 

12.1.2.The seed is thrown into the ground and it dies. 

12.1.3.Next, after it has died the seed comes to life as something new, the actual crop itself. 

12.1.4.In the same way, Christians’ earthly bodies are similar but different than their resurrected bodies shall be.  And even though their bodies die physically, and are placed in a grave, in due time when God resurrects their body, it shall be reformed from out of the grave to be the actual perfected resurrection body they shall possess for eternity.

12.2.    Christians will likewise receive a resurrection body like that of Jesus body, and Jesus’ body after His resurrection was different in many ways than His earthly body. 

12.2.1.In His resurrection body Jesus was not recognized by any disciples unless He revealed His identity to them. 

12.2.2.Jesus was able to go through walls and appear or disappear at any time.

12.2.3.Jesus was able to eat food yet didn’t require it.

12.2.4.Jesus ascended in that body up to heaven in the sight of many witnesses. 

13.            VS 15:39  - 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. -  Paul tells the Corinthians that every type of animal has a different type of flesh

13.1.    In this verse, Paul reminds the Corinthians that their God is a very diverse creator who can create creatures of infinite varieties.  They should not assume that God cannot have the ability to resurrect their bodies to be of a gloried form.

13.2.    When we Christians observe the wonder of the diversity of God’s creations, we ought to know that He is almighty and therefore able to do all that He has promised to do.  He surely has the power to create resurrected bodies for each and every believer in Christ.

14.            VS 15:40-44  - 40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. -  Paul tells the Corinthians of the unique properties that their resurrected bodies will have

14.1.    In this section of scriptures, Paul uses God’s creation of the various elements of the universe in order to teach about the resurrected bodies of saints. 

14.1.1.Paul says that there is a difference between the glories of earthly bodies, such of those of the various species on our planet, and those of the heavenly bodies, such as stars and planets. 

14.1.2.There is also a difference between the glory of the sun, moon, and other stars. 

14.2.    In the same way, there will be a difference between the glory of a Christian’s resurrected body verses their earthly body. 

14.2.1.The earthly body perishes, or dies and must be buried, however the resurrected body will live forever. 

14.2.2.The earthly body is ‘sown in dishonor’, or when the body breaks down and finally gives out, it has lost all of its excellence, power, grace, and honor. 

14.2.3.However, the resurrected body is to be raised up in glory which shall never be tarnished in any way. 

14.2.4.The earthly body is ‘sown in weakness’, or the body eventually dies because of its inherent weaknesses. 

14.2.5.However, the resurrection body will be raised to have power and never suffer any weaknesses. 

14.2.6.The earthly body is sown a natural body, or it is a natural body made from the dust of this very earth. 

14.2.7.However, the resurrected body will be a spiritual body made up of God’s very own spiritual power and essence.

14.3.    In 1 John 3:2-3, we learn that our resurrected body which we will receive will be a body just like Christ’s resurrected body, “2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

14.3.1.Note in these verses that the apostle John tells us that everyone who has this kind of a hope for his future will “continually” (present tense) purify himself to be just like Jesus.

14.3.2.If we are obedient Christians laboring diligently for Him because we love Him, then we can have assurance that we will receive the reward of glory which He promises for all our labor.  Therefore, we ought to strive to obtain the greatest glory in our resurrected state by our diligence and obedience to the Lord.

 

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