New bodies!

The Corinthians couldn’t get their heads around what new resurrection bodies would be like, and often neither can we. God promises us new resurrection bodies that are no longer perishable, weak, and falling apart. Instead, we are given a vision of transformed bodies that will be imperishable, powerful, and full of glory. Our hope in the resurrection is more full and complete than we could dare hope or imagine. Not just younger, healthier versions of ourselves but we will be given spiritual bodies, fit for life with God in the new creation. In this message we debunk a few of the ways we tend to tame or minimise this particular hope and unpack the rich reality of what resurrection bodies really means for the age to come.


1 Corinthians 15:35–44 (Listen)

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is 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.


All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

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