The Resurrection Body
35But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?”36Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.37And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.38But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.39Not all flesh is alike, but there is one flesh for human beings, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.40There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another.41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory.42So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable.43It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.44It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.45Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.46But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual.47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.48As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven.49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.50What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.51Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed,52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.53For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality.54When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”55“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.