Summary: For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. - 1 Corinthians 15:16 The early Apostles preached the resurrection of the dead as one of the essential elements of the Christian faith. Jewish believers before had a belief similar ..
For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. - 1 Corinthians 15:16
The early Apostles preached the resurrection of the dead as one of the essential elements of the Christian faith. Jewish believers before had a belief similar so much so that the graves of some would be in stone caskets that were above ground, for their belief of the body would rise again to God. Jesus himself the Son of God was raised from the dead by the power of God (Romans 8:11). Though the body was changed it was still the same body that was raised incorruptible as ours will be also (1 Corinthians 15:52). The Apostle Paul speaks in such a way that he says the very Christian faith cannot exist without the belief of the bodily resurrection, for if our Lord was not raised then we ourselves will not be raised either. The Athanasian Creed states, "At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies." Our bodies are the temples of God and we need to honour God with our very bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Jesus was the begotten Son of God, begotten not made. He was incarnated bodily in human form and honoured God the Father in his body. The Son of God "became flesh and made his dwelling among us" (John 1:14). There are modern teachings amongst believers that the body does not matter to God that we should just worry about your spirit, but God is concerned about both. Jesus did not mistreat his body, but glorified God in his flesh living a sinless life.
Another early Christian statement of faith, the Apostles Creed, states the belief of the resurrection of our bodies by saying: "I believe in... the resurrection of the flesh." Clement in A.D. 150 says, "Let none of you say that this flesh is not judged and does not rise again. Just think: In what state were you saved, and in what state did you recover your sight, if not in the flesh? In the same manner, as you were called in the flesh, so you shall come in the flesh. If Christ, the Lord who saved us, though he was originally spirit, became flesh and in this state called us, so also shall we receive our reward in the flesh. Let us, therefore, love one another, so that we may all come into the kingdom of God." The flesh of all humanity will rise again to judgment before Jesus Christ our resurrected Lord (Hebrews 9:27). Augustine speaks to the unbelief that we should have not that God is able to resurrect our bodies: "Perish the thought that the omnipotence of the Creator is unable, for the raising of our bodies and for the restoring of them to life." Jesus said that we will be judged for every word that comes from our bodies (Matthew 12:36). We are not to follow and allow the body to control our actions (Romans 8:13). Christians are those who crucify the wrong desires of the body (Galatians 5:24). We are not to let sins reign in our physical bodies (Romans 6:12). May we through the eternal Spirit glorify God in the flesh and walk more like his Son in this earth (1 John 2:6). For all will be bodily resurrected and appear before the Lord.