The Actual Resurrection Of Christ, Bodily Or Spirit
How Are The Dead Raised?
" But some men will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou soweth is not qickened (made alive) except it die.. . .But God giveth it a body as it pleased him, and to every seed his own body.(I Cor.15:35-38) So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruptible: it is sown in dishonor and raised in glory. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
So what is the difference in what Jesus said and what is written here? Jesus said that "a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see me have" The words spirit (pneuma) and spiritual body (pneumtikos) con notates to different states of being. Spirits are disembodied, they cannot solidify. That is why they like to inhabit someone or some thing. Man has a spirit which is immaterial and invisible. The sentient element in man, that by which he perceives, reflects, feels, desires. You will never get to see it. Our body is the visible representation of our spirit just like Christ is the visible representation of all the Father is, You will never see Him for no man has seen God at any time except when He is revealed in Christ. Angels have spirutual bodies, but they are not disembodied spirits. We will be like angels one day except we wil still have a body soul and spirit, angel do not. The angelic host, lower than God but higher in scale of being than man. That is going to change. We will be like Christ, higher in being to the angels, for we will be like him and see him as he is, in his glorified state.
A spiritual body is a body that defies the laws of nature. He can appear and disappear. He can be touched and pass through walls. He can eat or not eat. A sprit cannot do these things. We are now going to take a look at nature and credibility of the resurection fo Christ because it is the fundamental doctrine of Christianity and an improtant part in the application of salvation. You get this wrong you might as well throw away your Bibles..
There are those who believe in the death of Christ but see his resurrection with little importance. Paul shows that everything stands or falls with Christ's bodily (not spirit) resurrection. If Christ has not risen, preaching is in vain, our faith is in vain, and we are yet in our sins. He further states that those who are fallen asleep in Jesus have perished. That is they will never get up from the grave. The grave has become victorious. Death still has its sting.
There are those who claim to believe in the resurrection of Christ refuse to believe that his was a bodily resurrection. They say that in his death he passed out of his physical life, and in his resurrection he passed into his spiritual life; two seperate events that they call the resurrection. We have several things to note that Christ arose bodily, Jesus himself declared after his resurection that he had flesh and bones (luke 24:39) The nail prints were still in his hands and feet, the wond still in his side. He told Thomas to touch him, to handle him that he might believe. Christ body was a real body. It could and was touched, It had flesh and bones,and it was recognized as the same body, not another.
David prophesied by the Spirit that Christ's flesh would not see corruption (Ps. 16:10; Act 2:31) When the disciples entered the tomb they found it empty and the grave clothes stil there. Jesus also predicted that he would rise bodily (Matt. 12:40) After the resurrection Christ body was different in some respects in that he passed through closed doors, he did not need to eat and sleep.
The nature of the resurrected body is such that it will not be an entirely new creation. If that were the case, it would not be the present body, but a another body. But the body which is sown will be raised(I Cor. 15:43) Nor on the other hand, will the resurrection body necessarily be in every detail composed of the identical particles in this body (1 Cor.15:37) So the ressurrected body will be the same body, though its make-up will be changed from corruptible to incorrruptible.