Resurrection (2)!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

The question how shall the dead be raised up? Scripture teaches that, the same body that was buried shall be raised from the dead. The resurrection is not a new creation. We shall receive our own bodies in the resurrection. That this is true is evident from the resurrection of body of our Jesus Christ. That, in his case, no new body was created, is obvious from the empty grave, as well as from the fact that he could show his disciples the marks of his suffering in hands and feet, and in his side. Although his body was completely changed and glorified, it was nevertheless the very same body in which he had walked among us in the days of his flesh, and in which he had been crucified, “dead and buried”. This is plainly the teaching Scripture (1Corinthians 15:42-44). The identity of the body that is buried and the body that is raised is plainly taught in this passage. The subject remains the same: it is sown, it is raised. When one sows wheat, he expects to harvest wheat, not oats or rye. It lies beyond our comprehension. When we consider what becomes of our bodies in physical death, how completely they are disintegrated, dissolved into their very elements, how literally they return to the dust from whence they were taken., even so that their substance become part of other bodies; if we contemplate how many bodies of believers were never even buried, were drowned in the depths of the sea, cut to pieces, or burnt at the stake and their ashes blown to the four winds of heaven, the resurrection becomes utterly inconceivable to us. It would seem easier, perhaps, to think of it as a new creation. Yet, God will bring again all those bodies, and unite them with their proper souls. He is the one that calls things are not as if they were, and that quickeneth the dead. He is God, and becomes known as God exactly in performing wondrous things. Always his way is in the sea, and the things that are impossible with man are possible with God. He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken our mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in us.

(© James R Hamilton)
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