The Resurrection Body

1 Corinthians 15

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: 1 Corinthians 15

Some people think it is scientifically impossible to resurrect a human body. Fortunately, the power of Almighty God is not shackled by science.

Adrian Rogers said, “If God can make the heavens and the Earth out of nothing, certainly He can raise a human body out of something.”

1 Corinthians 15 tells us more about the resurrection body, first that it is illustrated with grain:

“Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain...” (1 Corinthians 15:36-37).

Like grain, our bodies must be placed in the ground before we can be fructified and brought back to life.

Our bodies are constantly changing—adding particles, leaving particles—a cycle of dying and creating cells. However, there is a spiritual nature in us that will never die.

Our resurrected bodies are individualized with uniqueness and infused with perfection. In Heaven, we will be made new and perfect creatures of glory. (See 1 Corinthians 15:42-44.)

Our resurrected bodies will be liberated from soulish principles and instead will be motivated by spiritual principles.

These new bodies of ours will also be identified with Jesus. Though still being fully ourselves, God will conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. (See 1 Corinthians 15:49.)

Finally, this resurrection body is immortalized with victory: “So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’” (1 Corinthians 15:54).

Easter morning, Jesus rose from the grave; He beat death, removed its sting, and reversed the finality of the grave. When we die, our spirits will be present with the Lord; but one day soon, the body will be raised and given new life.

Adrian Rogers said, “Jesus has taken the pain out of parting, the dread out of dying, and the gloom out of the grave. Jesus has given us a hope that is steadfast and sure.”

Apply it to your life

Thinking about what happens after our earthly deaths can be difficult, even with the promise of the new life we have been given. Though we may not know the exact logistics behind the resurrection of our bodies, we can trust that we will be made like Jesus.

Today, dive into Scripture and cling to its wisdom and instruction; use what you have today to be more like Jesus.