More on the Resurrection of the Dead

More on the Resurrection of the Dead: This is one of the central beliefs of Christianity, set out in 1 Corinthians 15, which argues that because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, his followers can also expect to experience life beyond death (1 Corinthians 15:1-9). Christ is ‘the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep' (1 Corinthians 15:20 NIV). When he returns at the Second Coming, those who belong to him' will also be resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:23).

The writer goes on to discuss the nature of the Resurrection Body (1 Corinthians 15:35-49) which will be both like and yet utterly unlike the physical body, just as the seed is different from the plant that comes from it. The new body will be imperishable (1 Corinthians 15:53), no longer subject to death, which will finally have been defeated (1 Corinthians 15:54-56).

The end of time is hinted at in this passage also, in the words ‘the trumpet will sound' (1 Corinthians 15:52). In another New Testament passage, a slightly different account is given, of the world being consumed by fire (2 Peter 3:7; 2 Peter 3:10; 2 Peter 3:12). This is the account used by both Donne and King in their poems on the final resurrection.

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