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by Dr. John Thomas
"There is a spiritual body".
The subject of this section is the second member of the apostle's proposition, that "there is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body".
It is contained in his reply to some of the Corinthian disciples, who, to their shame, had not the knowledge of God, and therefore foolishly inquired, "How are the dead raised up?
and with what body do they come?
" He showed them that the animal body had a similar relation to the spiritual body that naked grain has to the plant produced from it according to the law of its reproduction.
He explained, that before a plant could be reproduced from a seed, the seed must be put into the soil, and die, or decay away.
By the time the plant is established, all vestige of the seed is gone from the root; yet, the identity of the seed with the plant is not lost, inasmuch as the same kind of seed re-appears in the fruit of the plant.
The plant is the secondary body of the seed-body, which is the first.
There are different kinds of vegetable seed-bodies; and also of animal seed-bodies.
These classes of seeds are terrestrial bodies, and have their glory in the bodies produced from them.
But there are also celestial bodies, whose glory is of a different character.
It is a light blazing and sparkling in the vault of heaven, as may be seen by every eye.
Such is the apostle's illustration of the resurrection of the dead; or, of how they are raised, and for what kind of body they spring forth.
"So also," says he, "is the resurrection of the dead".
We are in this state of the naked grain.
We die and are buried, and go to corruption; leaving only our characters behind us written in the book of God.
When decayed, a little dust alone remains, as the nucleus of our future selves.
When the time comes for the righteous dead to rise, then "He that raised up Christ from the dead will also make alive their mortal bodies by his spirit," operating through Jesus upon their dust, and fashioning it into the image of the Lord from heaven.
Thus, as the Elohim made man out of the dust in their own image and likeness; so, the Lord Jesus, by the same spirit, will also re-fashion from the dust, the righteous of the posterity of the first Adam, into his own image and likeness.
This is wonderful, that by a man should come the resurrection of the dead.
Truly may he be called the "Wonderful".
Once a babe fondled at the breast, and hereafter the creator of myriads, now only dust and ashes, but then equal to the angels of God; and "sons of the resurrection," of which he is himself "the First Fruits".
Having shown "how," or upon what principles, the righteous dead are raised, the apostle gives us to understand, that their "glory" will consist in brightness; for he cites the splendour of the celestial bodies as illustrative of theirs.