Summary of 1 Corinthians 15:35-58:
Pauld answers the question about what kind of body the raised dead will have. God gives us a body. Paul says there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. All flesh is not the same. God gives each seed its own body. The body on earth is perishable. It will be raised imperishable. It is in dishonor but raised in glory. It is weak but will be powerful. It is natural but will be spiritual. We will bear the likeness of a man from Heaven when resurrected.
The body will be changed as flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Death will end when the mortal become immortal. Jesus will conquer death!
Stand firm and allow nothing to move you. Do the work of the Lord because you know it is not in vain.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 24, Day 4: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
9) Imperishable, glory, power, spiritual, the bodies will be changed.
10) Personal Question. My answer: His ultimate plan is for us to be with Him, which is why we are given new bodies because flesh and blood cannot be with God. God has a plan, as always.
11) Personal Question. My answer: I’m pretty sure we’ve answered this one before. Gives me faith and hope to fight the daily fight.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 24, Day 4: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
It’s cool to think how our bodies will appear in the afterlife.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 24, Day 4: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
God raises the dead is the simple answer here, but Paul elaborates.
“Foolish one” is the correct translation here.
Paul says our bodies are like “seeds” which “grow” into resurrection bodies. When you bury the body of a believer, you are “sowing” a “seed” that will come out of the earth as a resurrection body.
Even though our resurrection bodies come from our present bodies, we should not expect that they will be the same bodies or just “improved” bodies.
There are all different kinds of “bodies” in God’s creation, including celestial bodies. Our resurrection body will be a heavenly (celestial) body, suited for life in heaven, not only life on this earth.
While our present bodies are adapted for the environment of time and earth, our resurrection bodies will be adapted for the environment of eternity and heaven.
Our resurrection body will be glorious!
“Three glimpses of the body’s glory were seen, in Moses’ face, in Christ’s transfiguration, and in Stephen’s countenance.” (Trapp)
The first perfect man, Adam, gave us one kind of body. The second perfect man, Jesus the last Adam, can give us another kind of body. He is a life-giving spirit.
Since sleep is a softer way of describing the death of a believer, Paul tells us that not all Christians will die, but there will be a “final generation” who will be transformed into resurrection bodies at the return of Jesus before they ever face death.
The remarkable, instant gathering of Christians unto Jesus in the clouds has been called the rapture, after the Latin word for caught up in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18.
There will come a day when in God’s eternal plan, He gives those dead in the Lord their resurrection bodies, and then in an instant He gathers all His people to meet Jesus in the air. All the redeemed on the earth at that time will rise up to meet the Lord in the clouds, and will receive their resurrection bodies.
Either the present dead in Christ are with the Lord in a spiritual body, awaiting their final resurrection body; or because of the nature of timeless eternity, they have received their resurrection bodies already because they live in the eternal “now.”
The Last Trumpet
Scholars disagree on what is the last trumpet.
Those who believe that Jesus gathers His people after He has poured out His wrath on a Jesus-rejecting world sometimes argue that it is the last trumpet of judgment, cited in Revelation 11:15-19.
- The last trumpet may not refer to the last trumpet of the seven trumpets of Revelation at all, but simply refer to the last trumpet believers hear on this earth.
- This last trumpet may be connected with the trumpet of God in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, but not with the trumpets of angels in Revelation 11. A distinction may be made between the trumpet of an angel and the trumpet of God. Chuck Smith points to a grammatical construction that would be different if this trumpet were the trumpet of Revelation 11.
- Ironside says that the last trumpet was a figure of speech that came from the Roman military, when they broke camp. The first trumpet meant, “strike the tents and prepare to leave”; the second trumpet meant, “fall into line”; the third and last trumpet meant “march away.” This last trumpet describes the Christian’s “marching orders” at the rapture of the Church.
Death is defeated by resurrection. Death has no power over the person found in Jesus Christ.
The principle of resurrection also proves that we are not under the law any longer. We are no longer subject to the penalty of the law (death), and we are set free from sin. Sin is the ultimate cause of death (Romans 6:23, Genesis 2:17), and the result can’t be defeated unless the cause is defeated.
Paul brilliantly links together the ideas of sin, death, and our identification with Jesus’ death and resurrection in Romans 6:1-14.
The defeat of death is only possible for those who live through our Lord Jesus Christ. For others, there is resurrection and eternal life, but unto damnation. If you are an unbeliever, death is not your friend; it is your enemy.
Because we know death is defeated and we have an eternal, resurrected destiny with Jesus Christ, we should stand firm and unshakable all the more for Him right now. We should work hard in everything now, working for the Lord, because right now counts forever!