matter of questions answered with regard to the resurrection bodies of
believers and the Gospel seen in the answers Paul provided.
AIM: That we
might find reason to be encouraged in the contemplation of our eternal
estate and the form in which it will be enjoyed.
INTR: It is a
normal thing to have questions regarding the future estate of those who
love the Lord and live with the expectation of His coming again to
receive His own unto Himself.
1. It is unthinkable that there should
be doubt as to the acceptability to both God and His people. His desire
for them and the fact of His promise of preparation may be extended to a
number of topics – even our physical estate in Heaven.
2. There was
apparently a great deal of doubt lingering here in that even the heathen
gods made no provision that mortal man could ever be made immortal and
did not claim such power.
3. Even with us this is among those things
received by faith and believing it because the Lord said so: And this is
the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me
I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
THESIS: In that flesh
and blood cannot inherit the “Kingdom of God” it is a matter of
necessity that a bodily change into that which is fully compatible with
Heaven and the joyous spiritual existence we shall know throughout
eternity – a body like His glorious body.
I. Two questions (v.
1. We would first ask who might ask such things as Paul either
has heard or perhaps anticipates?
1) There is no doubt that some such
as those at Athens who heard Paul but were contemptuous of the thought
of resurrection – their logical minds could not go there.
are many who are infidels who would attack the foundation of
Christianity at its foundation.
3) But there may have been even the
case of a weak believer who while not actually doubting might yet
wrestle in his mind with a seeming impossibility.
2. The sharpness of
Paul’s answers suggest that he took it to be a serious issue and, seeing
that he was in a strong mode of defense of the resurrection, his answer
would be strong as well.
II. The first answer (vv. 36-38)
His answer as to how this comes about is short and to the point
would seem that he calls to thought that which was also used by the Lord
with regard to Himself: Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of
wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it
bringeth forth much fruit. John 12:24.
2) He points to nature, as did
our Lord, and attributes the life that comes from a seed that dies to
the God alone.
2. It is God that gives the body that comes from that
dead seed even as God will give a body to the dead saint at his
III. The second answer (vv. 39-50)
back to v. 37, he points out that the grain that is sown is not that
which shall be. A drastic change occurs as we have already noted and
Paul will emphasize.
2. He thus observes that not all flesh is the
1) There is that of beasts, fish, and birds, and so each is
2) None of which is akin to that of men
point being that the flesh of the fish is not suitable for men!
Pointing to the celestial bodies such as the sun, moon and stars and
terrestrial bodies such as animals, trees, stones, etc. each with its
own distinctive glory or unique identity.
4. It is interesting that
in pointing to the far flung universe that the distinguishing glory of
each of the heavenly bodies is noted and that even the stars differ in
their manner of existence.
5. Paul has said all this to drive home
the point that our resurrection body will be distinct and uniquely
glorious in accordance with the divine design. And so it is:
in corruption and raised in incorruption
2) Sown in dishonor and
raised in in glory
3) Sown in weakness and raised in power
a natural body and raised a spiritual body with the distinction
6. Thus it is of Christ that resurrection is brought
about and we note the comparison to Christ and Adam – Adam was made a
living soul and died spiritually in the fall – But, For as the Father
raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth
whom he will. John 5:21.
7. So it is that first the natural and then
the spiritual body even as it was with Christ. Note again, the first man
is of the earth and it earthy; the second man is the Lord from Heaven
1) In verse 48 we are shown that even as Adam was so are all who came
from Him and even as Christ is so are all that are found in Him!
We who believe and subscribe to the Gospel and have borne the image of
the earthy shall also bear the image of the heavenly:
i. Beloved, now
are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but
we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall
see him as he is. 1 John 3:2
ii. Who shall change our vile body, that
it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the
working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
iii. PSee also: Matthew 17:2 and Colossians 3:4
8. Verse 50 is the emphatic conclusion to it all – None in this present
form shall inherit the Kingdom, but a new body, perfectly suited to
heavenly habitation and divine fellowship will be the habitation of them
that look for His appearing!