God Gives It a Body

1Corinthians 15:35-38 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowed is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowed, thou sowed not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God gives it a body as it has pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 

‘But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? …’ This is the 13th and last New Testament prophecy in 1Corinthians (15:35-56) that will be fulfilled at the rapture.

‘How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?’ What kind of bodies will people have in the resurrection?

‘But God gives it a body as it has pleased him.’ The resurrection is illustrated and proved by a grain of wheat and other grains: New bodies of grain are not reproduced without death (15:36; John 12:24). Bodies of grain that die are not the same bodies as those produced, but like them (15:37; John 12:24). Grain must see corruption before reproducing new bodies (John 12:24). Grain that does not die remains the same as long as it exists. Marred and wrinkled grains reproduce perfect bodies in normal reproduction. Parts of grain could be cut off and not sown, and yet perfect bodies produced. There is no difference in the appearance of original and reproduced grain. All grains reproduce their own size, shape, and individual characteristics. Small and undeveloped grain, providing the life germ is there, will reproduce normal-sized grain. Reproduced grains are just as real, tangible, and material as those sown.

‘His own body’ – Every man will have his own body, not that of another. He will have his own color, appearance, size, shape, features, and characteristics, and be exactly like himself in the resurrection. Men will be men and women will be women. Such bodies will be like Christ only in the sense of immortality (15:39-54; Php. 3:21). God gives every person his own body.

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