What Kind of Bodies?

Chic Broersma

READ : 1 Corinthians 15:35-49

It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. (v. 44)

A commercial flower garden displayed yellow and red daffodils, accompanied by a
surprising display of broken clay pots with a mock headstone reading “Rest in pieces.” I
thought, “Won’t we all.” At death our bodies break down into pieces so small they’re
called dust.

No wonder in thinking about resurrection the Corinthians asked, “What kind of body will
we have?” In answer, Paul says, “Look what happens to planted seeds: both dissolution and
continuity. The same seed that was planted explodes forth into new life in new form. So
too, at death our bodies will break down while our spirits immediately join Christ. Then
at the return of Christ we too will “burst into new life” in a new form, a spiritual body.
You will still be you, but a new you. We know what a body is. We have a sense of what
spiritual means. A spiritual body will be the best of both, only untainted by sin, not
limited by physical constraints, destined to live forever.

Celebrate these four contrasts: perishable bodies will become imperishable; buried in
dishonor, raised in glory; buried in weakness, raised in power; buried a physical body,
raised a spiritual body!

Any more questions? Of course you have; so do I. But don’t worry; the Lord knows what
he’s doing. Meanwhile, celebrate the body you have. Rejoice even more in the new body you
are going to have.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for the promise of the resurrection.