First Corinthians 15:35-58: A Preliminary Study On The Nature Of Christs Resurrection Body Part Two: The Good News -- By: John A. Jelinek

Journal: Michigan Theological Journal
Volume: MTJ 02:2 (Fall 1991)
Article: First Corinthians 15:35-58: A Preliminary Study On The Nature Of Christs Resurrection Body Part Two: The Good News
Author: John A. Jelinek


First Corinthians 15:35-58: A Preliminary Study On The Nature Of Christs Resurrection Body
Part Two: The Good News

John A. Jelinek

The issue of the nature of Christ’s resurrection body is complex. Careful analysis of interrelated factors from various passages is required in order to support even general statements. While additional textual, theological, and philosophical issues remain to be sorted out by the careful student, the biblical data explored here suggest that the resurrection body is material by nature, though transformed and therefore characterized by an imperishability, glory, and power which suit the body for its heavenly future existence.

The purposes of part two of this article are: 1) to address and analyze the contributions of 1 Corinthians 15:35–58 by comparing current scholarly assertions about the nature of the resurrection body (primarily Murray Harris’ and Norman Geisler’s assertions); 2) to provide a personal statement of affirmations and denials of the nature of Christ’s resurrection body; and 3) to provide the reader with some questions, direction, and texts for future study.

Having laid the foundation for this section in the preceding section on exegesis,1 there are five major contributions of 1 Corinthians 15:35–58 to the characteristics of the resurrection body. These five characteristics are:

I. The resurrection body is a “God-provided” (or “willed”) body (38, see also the use of the passive voice in v. 36).

II. The resurrection body is a “spiritual body” or a body suited for existence in the age dominated by the Spirit (44, 46).

III. The resurrection body is characterized by imperishability, glory, and power (42–43).

IV. The resurrection body is a glorious body or a body suited to the heavenly existence (40, 47–49).

V. The resurrection body is the transformed humanity (in which it can be said that death is defeated) required for entrance into the heavenly existence (50–58).

Personal Affirmations

This section on personal affirmations is provided in order to identify for the rea...

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