1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
What Paul is saying here, is that when we die, the body we now live in is sown into the earth (Our body is placed in the grave). The body that is sown into the earth is perishable, but on the day of resurrection, it will be raised imperishable. This means that we will not receive our new imperishable body until the day of our resurrection from the dead. In 2 Corinthians 5:1 – 4, we read that the perishable body that we now live in is called an earthly tent. (A tent being only a temporary dwelling) while the imperishable spiritual body that we will one day live in, is call an eternal house.
It was the custom 2,000 years ago that after the wedding contract had been made, for the young man to give his bride to be, a wedding robe. Then he would go back to his father’s place, to make a dwelling place for his bride. Before the bridegroom left to make his brides dwelling place, he would tell her of his intentions to prepare a dwelling place for her and that he would come again for her, so that they could live together always in her new dwelling place. It was not the custom for the bride to move into her new dwelling place until the day of the wedding.
John 14:2 "In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
In this passage, Jesus is telling us (we who are His bride to be) of His intentions to return to His Father’s house to prepare our dwelling places for us, which are our imperishable spiritual bodies. When they are ready, at the time of the Father’s choosing, the Son, our bridegroom, will return for us who are His bride. So that where Jesus Christ is, there we may be also.
At that time, and not before that time, the dead in Christ will be raised from Sheol, given their new eternal bodies and arise from the grave. At the same time, we who are still alive will put off our earthly bodies (our earthly tents) and put on our eternal bodies (our mansions).
1 Corinthians 15:51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, (not all of us will die and have our body placed in the grave) but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, (those who have died and had their mortal bodies placed in the grave, will be raised with imperishable bodies) and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (Words in Italics added)
No one, neither those who have died before hand, nor those who remain alive will receive their imperishable spiritual body until the sounding of the last trumpet. Then, and only then, shall we all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
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