RESURRECTION – WILL WE HAVE SAME BODIES?
Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.
Question: In the resurrection, will we have the same bodies that we now have?
Answer: No. It is the soul that dies, and it is the soul that will come back in the resurrection awakening. God said to Adam in Eden, “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2: 17). It was Adam, the soul or person, and not merely his body, that died. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18: 4, 20) (Psalm 78: 50) (Acts 3: 23) (James 5: 20). Accordingly, Jesus “poured out his soul unto death,” and made “his soul an offering for sin” (Isaiah 53: 10, 12), in laying down His human life as a ransom for Adam and his race.
In the resurrection, the dead souls, not the dead bodies, will be brought back from the sleep of death. “That which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be . . . but God giveth it [the soul, the person] a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body” – the kind of body pertaining to his nature, whether spiritual or human; for there are “celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial” (1 Corinthians 15: 37, 38, 40). The celestial or spirit bodies are for the Church. Human bodies would not be suited to them as spirit beings. The rest of mankind, not having been spirit-begotten, not having become New Creatures, will in the resurrection, after the awakening, be given perfect human bodies – suited to their everlasting existence in the “new earth” (2 Peter 3: 13) (Revelation 21: 1); for “flesh and blood [the human nature] cannot inherit the kingdom of God [in its heavenly sphere]; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption” (1 Corinthians 15: 50).