The American Wisdom Series

Pamphlet #4000

My note: Celestail body, Terrestrial body.  1 Corinthians 15:40

Natural body, Spiritual body, Celestial body, Terrestrial body, Corruptible body, Incorruptible body, Mortality, Immortality - What does it all mean?

1 Corinthians 15:35  But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36  Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37  And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
38  But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39  All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

But not all men's bodies are made up of flesh and blood.

40  There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

From G1909 and G1093; worldly (physically or morally): - earthly, in earth, terrestrial.

From G1909 and G3772; above the sky: - celestial, (in) heaven (-ly), high.

41  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43  It is sown in dishonour; 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. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

When our flesh (natural) body dies we are all given spiritual bodies. Everyone of us, both the saved and the unsaved.

45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

If still alive in our flesh bodies at Christ's return we will also be changed into our spiritual bodies. Remember, we are talking about bodies here, not souls!

51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

That is not to say we will have become immortal. We will just be given a spirit body that's incorruptible but not necessarily immortal.

53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Two separate happenings:

First, our flesh body is changed to a spirit body either at Christ's return or when we die in the flesh, whichever happens first.

Second, some of us will be granted eternal life/immortality at Christ's return (The First Resurrection) and some of us must wait until after the 1000 year Millennium when at the Great White Throne of Judgment we will either be granted eternal life/immortality (The Second Resurrection) or eternal death which is to perish (along wth Satan ,in "The Lake of Fire") and be no more, for God is a consuming fire.

Now we have  changed the topic of discussion from bodies to souls!
54  So when  (#1) this corruptible (body) shall have put on incorruption, and ( #2) this mortal (soul) shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

That's how I see it! How about you?

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