The Attributes of the Resurrection Body
1 Cor. 15:42-49
1 Cor. 15:42-49
"So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly."
As to internal nature, it will be incorruptible in material. Cf. vs. 42. "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption"
The Greek word translated “incorruption” is aphtharsia. It is translated “immortality” in 2 Tim. 1:10. Another word, athanasia, is rendered as “immortality” in 1 Cor. 15:53-54. The new bodies which believers will receive at the resurrection will thus be both “without corruption” and “without death.” Note that these both apply to the spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:44). Both pagans and New Agers believe in the “immortality of the soul,” either in an eternally disembodied state or in reincarnation in another body. The Scriptures, however, clearly teach the resurrection of the dead (1 Cor. 15:42, 1 Thess. 4:16-17).
No longer any decay. 1 Cor. 6:13 no longer true. "Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body."
As to external appearance, it will be glorious. Cf. 43b. "It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:"
It is sown in dishonor. The last stroke of the mortician is to remove that if possible. But to no avail.
As to inherent capacity, it will be powerful in operation. Cf. 43b. "It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:"
Now the body is weak, without necessary strength to perform all its duties.
Christ could pass through walls, the tomb, etc. like radium. Space was no concern to Him.