Creation of the earth and man #20 Man in the image and likeness of the Elohim #4 Spiritual body

The Spiritual body

“There is a spiritual body.”

The subject of this section is the second member of the apostle’s proposition, that

“there is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body”.

It is contained in his reply to some of the Corinthian disciples, who, to their shame, had not the knowledge of God, and therefore foolishly inquired,

“How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?”

English: Plant of Prosartes smithii in cultiva...
Plant of Prosartes smithii in cultivation at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, UK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He showed them that the animal body had a similar relation to the spiritual body that naked grain has to the plant produced from it according to the law of its reproduction. He explained, that before a plant could be reproduced from a seed, the seed must be put into the soil, and die, or decay away. By the time the plant is established, all vestige of the seed is gone from the root; yet, the identity of the seed with the plant is not lost, inasmuch as the same kind of seed re-appears in the fruit of the plant. The plant is the secondary body of the seed-body, which is the first. There are different kinds of vegetable seed-bodies; and also of animal seed-bodies. These classes of seeds are terrestrial bodies, and have their glory in the bodies produced from them. But there are also celestial bodies, whose glory is of a different character. It is a light blazing and sparkling in the vault of heaven, as may be seen by every eye. Such is the apostle’s illustration of the resurrection of the dead; or, of how they are raised, and for what kind of body they spring forth.

“So also”,

says he,

“is the resurrection of the dead.”

Resurrection of the Dead vision
Resurrection of the Dead vision (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are in this state of the naked grain. We die and are buried, and go to corruption; leaving only our characters behind us written in the book of God. When decayed, a little dust alone remains, as the nucleus of our future selves. When the time comes for the righteous dead to rise, then

“He that raised up Christ from the dead will also make alive their mortal bodies by his spirit”,

operating through Jesus upon their dust, and fashioning it into the image of the Lord from heaven. {a  Rom. 8:11; 2 Cor. 4:14.} Thus, as the Elohim made man out of the dust in their own image and likeness; so, the Lord Jesus, by the same spirit, will also re-fashion from the dust, the righteous of the posterity of the first Adam, into his own image and likeness. This is wonderful, that by a man should come the resurrection of the dead. {b  1 Cor. 15:21.} Truly may he be called the “Wonderful”. {c Isaiah 9:6.} Once a babe fondled at the breast, and hereafter the creator of myriads, now only dust and ashes, but then equal to the angels of God; and “sons of the resurrection”, of which he is himself “the First Fruits”.

Having shown “how”, or upon what principles, the righteous dead are raised, the apostle gives us to understand, that their “glory” will consist in brightness; for he cites the splendour of the celestial bodies as illustrative of theirs. This reminds us of the testimony in Daniel, that

“They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever”. {d Dan. 12:3.}

This is repeated by the Lord Jesus, who says,

“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father”, {e Matt. 13:43.}

which assurance Paul also revives in his letter to the saints at Philippi, saying,

“Our commonwealth (ἡμω̂ν τὸ πολίτευμα) has a beginning {f  Dan. 2:44; Luke 19:12, 15.} (ὑπάρχει) in the heavens (ἐν οὐρανοι̂ς), out of which also we wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who will transfigure the body of our humiliation, that it may become of like form with the body of his glory, by the power of that which enables him even to subdue all things to himself.” {g  Phil. 3:20, 21.}

– Thomas, D. J. ; Elpis Israel: an exposition of the Kingdom of God (electronic ed., pp. 41–42). Birmingham, UK: The Christadelphian.

 

Bible quotes

a1. Romans 8:11 (ESV): 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

a2. 2 Corinthians 4:14 (ESV): 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.

b. 1 Corinthians 15:21 (ESV): 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

c. Isaiah 9:6 (ESV): For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

d. Daniel 12:3 (ESV): And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

e. Matthew 13:43 (ESV): 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

f1. Daniel 2:44 (ESV): 44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever,

f2. Luke 19:12,15 (ESV): 12 He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. … 15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business.

g. Philippians 3:20–21 (ESV): 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

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Preceding posts:

Creation of the earth and man #13 Formation of man #5 Living soul

Creation of the earth and man #16 Formation of man #8 Dust, flesh, blood,breathing and life

Creation of the earth and man #19 Man in the image and likeness of the Elohim #3 Beholding image and likeness of the invisible God

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Additional reading

The Cares of Life

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Further related writings on the net

  1. A Bit of Hibernation
  2. Shedding This Body Part 1 of 2
  3. There are various kinds of people living in this world. – Part 2
  4. “Let’s Get Physical, Physical….”
  5. Chapter 6: Rebuilding Your Understanding
  6. Do you know that you have a natural body and as well a spiritual body?
  7. Imperishable
  8. This Is What Happens When Your Body Is Healed
  9. Meditation detaches you from Inside, While Physical-Exercise Outside.
  10. 365 Days of Gratitude – Day 122: Your Spiritual Body

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