1 Corinthians 15:20-58
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.”[a] Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,
“Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die.”[b]
33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”[c] 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.
The Resurrection Body
35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 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. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[d]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[e] bear the image of the heavenly man.
50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[f]
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”[g]
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
📕Have you ever sat down in a pensive mood to think about resurrection and how it will affect you personally?
📕When we hear the word resurrection, most of us instantly think about Jesus rising from the dead, but His victory over the grave shows what is going to happen to us as well. Have ever thought of it that way?
📕One day every believer in Christ who has died will experience a bodily resurrection like His, and those who are alive when Christ returns will be changed from mortality to immortality in a twinkling of an eye.
📕One of the first questions that spring to mind is, What am I going to look like at resurrection ? I cannot answer that specifically, but all I know is, we are going to look as good as the Creator has planned to make us. And that is really good!
📕These decaying earthly bodies will be transformed into glorious bodies like His,
minus the divinity, of course. We shall wear incorruptible bodies but not divinity. In other words, we are not going to God.
📕The apostle Paul provides some hints about the characteristics of the glorified bodies:
✍️They are imperishable, glorious, powerful, and spiritual. As such, they will be fit for life in heaven.
✍️ We will never again experience sin, sickness, pain, suffering, weakness, exhaustion, or death.
📕At times people ask if we will be recognizable—that is, will we know our loved ones, and will they know us?
📕Even though a question like this has nothing to do with our salvation, I would like you to consider this:
👉How could such powerful, glorious bodies be limited in this area if they are so much more advanced in every other way? Think about it.
👉I am fully convinced that all our senses and mental abilities will be enhanced, not diminished. We will become perfect in the real sense of the word. There is no imperfection in heaven.
📕The major thing is for you to have Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Be close to Him and be obedient to Him, so that you will be among those to be resurrected into eternal glory at Christ’s Second Advent. Every other question, such as whether we would recognize one another, remains secondary.
📕 Let this expected resurrection not elude you. The only way it will elude you is when you do not accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour before your exit from this earth.
📕Note that being a member of a Church without accepting Christ is NOT salvation. Therefore, appropriate Christ in your life today to have a divine guarantee of a glorified heaven-bound body as promised by the Lord. God bless you!
Shalom and Maranatha!