THE RESURRECTION BODY

It is apparent from the Scriptures that there is change involved with reference to the resurrection body. Whether the dust to which we return is transformed by GOD into an incorruptible reproduction of our physical body is not clear. What is clear is that "we shall be like him, for we shall see Him as he is." While the GOD who created us is quite capable of re-creating us in a more appropriate body with or without reference to our current and physical body, there are reasons to believe that GOD places some importance on bodily resurrection. The overpowering of Death (as a symbol of Satan, our adversary) seems to be involved in the understanding of why this should be. Those who insist that the resurrection is as a spirit (without body), base such upon the consistent emphasis of the scriptures on spiritual things, and the fact that GOD is a spirit, and we are created in His image. It is easy to comprehend that confusion exists.

When the Lord identifies Himself as "the Living One, I was dead and Behold! I'm alive for ever and ever!" (Rev. 1:18 NIV), He cannot be referring to spiritual existence, for His spirit did not cease to live, only His body. As Given Blakely has pointed out (in Word of Truth, Summer 1990), He went "out of His way" to draw attention to His resurrected tangible body. Only that which is dead can be resurrected, and His spirit did not die. Paul makes reference to nature to illustrate the principle (1Cor. 15:36), and the transformation which occurs in nature is appropriate to the understanding of resurrection. The "First Fruits" constitutes affirmation of bodily life after death, both in Jesus and in nature, and the victory described in Romans 8 is over Death, in some of the most powerful imagery of sacred writ, and it occurs when "this mortal must put on immortality", which is verified also in 2Cor. 5:1-4.

Therefore, it seems evident that we (our spirits) will be clothed in immortality, even as we are now clothed in mortality. Those who claim there is no bodily resurrection are in error on this point. It also appears from numerous references, not the least of which is the Lord Himself, that we will have a recognizable body, at least similar in some respects to the ones we now occupy.

Gene Peacock