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RESURRECTION IS NOT OF THE FLESH!





The Jews holds a view that the resurrection consists in the reunion of the spirit with the self-same physical body inhabited before death. This was what many Jews in Jesus' day believed, and unfortunately this is also the belief of many today with a little hype; "our glorified body after the resurrection takes place". When I hear these things, I ask myself these questions:
  • What resurrection? Didn't we die and were raised together with Christ?
  • What glorified body? Weren't we also glorified with Him? And are as He is in this world?
Afterwards, my conclusion is that, those who hold on to such teachings do not completely identify themselves with Christ and his finished work. 

To understand resurrection one must first understand death; the death we died in Adam. We need to ask ourselves this question, was the death of Adam after he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil spiritual or physical? Of course it wasn't physical but spiritual because if it was physical, he would've drop dead immediately after eating from the tree. But we all know he didn't as he lived some hundreds of years afterwards. So this then makes the resurrection spiritual and not physical; as spiritual death was our state of being in Adam.

Apostle Paul speaking..

"There is a nice symmetry in this: Death initially came by a man, and Resurrection from death came by a man. Everybody dies(spiritually) in Adam; everybody comes alive(resurrects) in Christ." 1Corinthians 15:21-22[Emphasis mine]

We see clearly that Christ came to give us a new life; the resurrection life and this life is not of the flesh but of the spirit. Lets take a quick look at the manner in which Jesus addressed the Jews in his days in respect to the resurrection.

‘‘The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, saying, Master, Moses said, if a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all, the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? For they all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them, ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as ANGELS’’ of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.’’ (Matthew 22:23-32) 

This question was posed by the Sadducees to Jesus, the same Sadducees who denied the resurrection put forth an hypothetical question to Jesus about the resurrection: In which a woman was widowed seven times by seven brothers, asking whose wife she would be in the resurrection, since all seven had her.  Since the Sadducees denied the resurrection, this question was contrived to make the resurrection appear ridiculous. However, the facts assumed in the question, reflect the views of their contemporaries, the Pharisees! Specifically, it is in the belief of the Pharisees that the resurrection involves restoring to one's physical bodies upon earth in the future; therefore, they (Sadducees) raised the prospect of marriage. 

Jesus' answer in this passage is that the resurrection occurs not in the physical but in the spiritual realm, where "angels" dwell therefore obviating the possibility of marriage. Angels, by definition are immortal, intangible and immaterial. They are spirit not flesh and blood. To further buttress my point, in Hebrews 2:14-16, you'll find that man's flesh and blood body is contrasted with that of angels distinguishing the children of earth and the angels in heaven by their bodies. Since in the resurrection we will be as angels, it is plain that, it is not the physical body of the flesh that is raised but the spirit like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who had been raised.

Friends, resurrection is not of the flesh but the spirit. It is not a future event but a present reality.  since we died and were raised in Him. We have the resurrected life here and now in Christ; for we died and were raised with Him. It is our state of being of the in Christ!

Grace to you.

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