This morning’s study will focus on the nature of the resurrection of the body (1 Corinthians 15:35-49). In Paul’s time there was a lot of confusion surrounding the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead. There were those who were asking the question, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” Maybe that is a question that some of you have asked yourself. Paul, filled with the inspiration and wisdom of The Holy Spirit, is going to answer that question for us. When I read these passages, I find myself lost for words to describe what lies ahead for those of us who are in Christ Jesus.
Using illustrations from nature and everyday life, Paul lays out for us how the resurrection of the body will take place and what it will look like. Beloved, nature itself tells us that what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting. You do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. An acorn looks nothing like the mighty oak tree it becomes! Thus, our present physical bodies are the “seed” that is planted in the ground that will one day be raised in a glorious, incorruptible body that is fitted to dwell in our eternal state with Our Lord Jesus Christ forever! Praise be to God for the final stage of our salvation, the redemption of our bodies!