1 Corinthians 15:35-58

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1 Cor 15:35-58 – The Dead in Christ shall rise


  • He knew the previous section would lead to questions.
  • How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?
  • He is now answering those questions.

Our body must die. – vv. 36-38


The example of the seed (An agricultural example)

  • Pointing out what they knew about producing crops
  • A dead seed produces an abundant harvest
  • We must live to die
  • John 12:23-26

The old must put on the new – vv. 39-49

The example of creation

  • They were looking at the natural body and deducing the impossibility.
  • And they were right
  • People, animals, earth, heaven, sun and moon, stars.
    • Each one is very different

God obviously has created different bodies (humans, animals, heavenly) so surely, he can create a RESURRECTED BODY.

  • There is the now and the later
  • Death and raised to life
  • Perishable and imperishable
  • Dishonor and glory
  • Weakness and power
  • Natural and spiritual body

First is born of Adam

  • We have borne His image
  • Natural body. Dust
  • Earthly environment
  • Fallen, Sinful

The second is born again in Christ

  • We will BEAR His image
  • Spiritual body
  • Heavenly environment
  • Forgiven, clean, righteous

A picture of Resurrection Day – vv. 50-57

The point is made. Now Paul gives the church a glorious picture of RESURRECTION DAY.

Royal Entry – v. 50

  • We will enter the Kingdom of God in our spiritual bodies

Perfectly timed – vv. 51-52a

  • In a moment
  • Twinkling of an eye
  • Gods’ perfect timing
  • God’s redemptive timeline
  • Matthew 24:29-31

Victorious – vv. 52b-55

  • 1 Thess 4:13-18
  • Dead to alive
  • New body – not perishable
  • Quoting Isaiah 25:8 7; Hosea 13:14

Closing words to the Church – v. 58

Because we are people who believe in the resurrection… We live with as a people of HOPE and PURPOSE.

  • Steadfast – Firmly situated
  • Immovable – unmoved in living out God’s Will
  • Always Abounding– Exceeding the requirements
  • In the work of the Lord
    • His Work
    • His Way
    • His Power