The Body Of Man After Death

I.          INTRODUCTION:

A.  SCRIPTURE READING:   [I Corinthians 15:35-58]

1.         The subject matter of study for this morning is taken from verses I Corinthians 15:35-54.

2.        Verses I Corinthians 15:55-58 will be discussed in the following sermon.

B.        THERE ARE THREE THE VIEWS THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN REGARDING THE STATE OF MAN AFTER DEATH:

1.        That death is the end of all life and there is nothing to follow.

2.        That only the soul of man survives the ordeal of death.

3.        That man – both body and soul – shall live on or again.

C.       QUESTION:  WHICH OF THESE VIEWS ARE SCRIPTURALLY CORRECT?       [Consider these passages]

Daniel 12:2  =  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Acts 24:15  =  And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18  =  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Comment:  In view of these Scriptures it appears that the last view is the correct one.

D.       THE RESURRECTED BODY HOWEVER WILL EFFECTED BY TWO THINGS:

1.        The body will be changed.

2.        There will be continuity in life from before death to that after death.

Note:  We will center our thoughts on these two things in this study.

II.       DISCUSSION:

A.  THE BODY WILL BE CHANGED:

1.        Paul said I Corinthians 15:51-52  =  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but  we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

a.         “We all shall be changed”.

b.         The change will be “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye”.

2.        The body change will be from corruption to incorruption.

I Corinthians 15:42  =  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

1 Peter 1:3-4  =  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

3.        The body change will be from dishonor to glory.

1 Corinthians 15:43  =  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

Matthew 17:1-2  =  And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Philippians 3:20-21  =  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

4.        The body change is from weakness to power.

1 Corinthians 15:43  =  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

Revelation 3:21  =  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

5.        The body change is from a natural body to a spiritual body.

1 Corinthians 15:44  =  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

Comment:    The natural body is the body God has provided to sustain man in his fleshly life   --   While God will provide the spiritual body to sustain us in the divine life.

B.        THERE WILL BE CONTINUITY IN LIFE FROM BEFORE DEATH TO THAT AFTER DEATH.

1.        The same body that dies shall be raised in a changed form  that involves continuity. 

a.         Without continuity the heavenly [spiritual] body would be a creation and not a resurrection.   

b.         A change does not destroy a continuity.

2.        The ugly caterpillar is changed into a beautify  butterfly, but there is continuity.

a.         It entered the cocoon with fourteen legs and comes out with six.

b.         It entered with a hairy body and comes out with something like scales.

c.         It entered with 14  segments to its body and comes out with  three.

Comment:  Yet there is continuity with what went into the cocoon with that which came out of the cocoon.

3.        A seed which is buried decomposes and is transformed, and yet there is continuity  --  as that which was buried is embodied in that which is new.

1 Corinthians 15:36-38  =  Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:  And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:  But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

John 12:24  =  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

4.        The power of the gospel (Romans 1:16), transfigures the dark sinful countenance that was disfigured with sensuality to a countenance that beams with the beauty of holiness  --  and yet there is continuity.

a.         At the transfiguration scene Matthew records:

Matthew 17:2  =  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

b.         The careworn grief marred face of the Lord “did shine as the sun” – yet there was continuity.

5.        Therefore at the resurrection of the just, there will be a change, yet there will be continuity.

a.         The grave shall yield up the body.

John 5:28-29  =  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

b.         Our mortal body shall be changed.

Romans 8:11  =   But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

III.    CONCLUSION:

A.  IN VIEW OF THESE CHANGES   --  HOW SHOULD WE LIVE?

1.        In joyful expectation of the change.

1 Corinthians 15:51-57  =  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2.        In ceaseless activity for the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58  =  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

B.        DO YOU HAVE THE EXPECTATION OF A GLORIOUS CHANGE?

C.       NOW IS THE TIME TO REMOVE WHATEVER IS NOW A HINDRANCE TO YOUR GLORIOUS CHANGE!

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