I Corinthians 15:35-49
Influenced by vain (1 Cor. 3:12) greek philosophies most gentile Corinthian believers did not believe in a physical resurrection. Although, St. Paul called the resurrected body “Spiritual,” as opposed to “Natural,” great care must be taken to understand what St. Paul meant by “Spiritual.” Unlike the Corinthians, St. Paul’s idea of “Spiritual” included a physical body raised from the dead. His idea of a “Spiritual” body was a glorified human body, not a mist, nor a ghost, nor a hologram. The risen body for St. Paul was both physically and spiritually different from what we know as a merely human body. This new body would be physical in the sense that it would be recognizable and touchable like Jesus’ risen body. But as “Spiritual” the risen Messiah could walk through walls (St. John 20:26). He could appear and disappear (St. Luke 24:16, 21). He could
even eat. The risen Lord himself said “touch me and see that I am not a ghost.” The new body would be free of space/time limitations (24:31). The risen body of the believer would be glorified. It would be heavenly, it would not be subject to physical illness or temporal limitations. The new body would have the “image of the heavenly man.” Thus, the physical resurrection of Jesus, and someday of all believers, becomes the driving power of our hope beyond the grave and the cornerstone of Christian faith.