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"There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption: it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory" (I Corinthians 15:40-43a).

3. The saints' resurrected bodies shall possess power to complete all their God-given tasks; they shall not suffer from weakness or tiredness. In our sinful world, we experience frustrations due to our lack of power to complete our work or fulfill our desires. We experience the imperfections of tiredness, anxiety, irritation, and the need for rest. These will not be experienced by those in heaven. The saints shall no longer be hindered by any weakness in their service to the Lord.

"So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power" (I Corinthians 15:42-43).

4. The saints' resurrected bodies shall be more spirituallyoriented and not as physically- or naturally-inclined as their earthly bodies are at present. In this sinful world, all believers are tempted and frequently fall into sinful motives, thoughts, and actions due to their old, remaining, sinful nature. In heaven, this handicap shall not exist; their old spiritual nature shall remain buried in the grave forever. Their new spiritual nature shall perfectly control their total being in heaven. All will be completely subject to God's Spirit.
"It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption" (I Corinthians 15:44-50).

  • Celestial -Heavenly

  • Terrestrial -Earthly

  • A severely crippled, God-fearing .girl once received heartfelt comfort concerning the resurrection by observing a caterpillar that arose from its "grave" as a butterfly. What truth did God teach to her from this example, do you think?

    Does the expression "flesh and blood" in the corresponding textual quotation refer to man's physical body or his sinful nature? Why?

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