Was Jesus resurrected as a spirit or a fleshly body? Let’s examine the scriptures to find out.
1 Cor 15:20 – “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.” (NIV)
Heb 10:10 – “We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ.” (NIV) Jesus’ physical body was consumed by God as a whole burnt offering.
1 Cor 15:35 – “How are the dead raised? With what body will they come?” (NIV)
1 Cor 15:42-44 – “It is sown in a natural body, it is raised in a spiritual body.” (NIV) Jesus was resurrected with a spiritual body
1 Cor 15:50 – Fleshly bodies can’t go to heaven. Jesus went heaven. He could not have had a physical body since he went to heaven.
1 Pt 3:18 – “Put to death in the body but made alive in the spirit.” (NIV) Jesus was put to death in his fleshly body, but made alive in a spiritual body.
Heb 1:3 – “The Son is the exact representation of his being.” (NIV) Jesus is a spirit, similar to the fact that his Father is a spirit.
Jn 1:18 – “No one has seen ever seen God” (NIV), because god is a spirit.
1 Tim 6:16 – “No one has seen or can see….” (NIV) Jesus after his resurrection.
Jn 4:23-24 – “God is a spirit.” (NIV) So is Jesus.
Heb 10:8-10 – Bodily sacrificed – whole burnt offering.
1 Cor 15:20 – Jesus resurrected.
1 Cor 15:35 – What kind of body?
1 Cor 15:42-44 – Sown in a physical body. (AAT; NIV) Resurrected in a spiritual body.
1 Cor 15:45 – Jesus became a spirit – “life-giving spirit.”
1 Cor 15:50 – “Physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.” (NLT)
1 Pt 3:18 – “Made alive (resurrected) in the spirit.” (NASB; ESV; NIV)
What is God’s nature or being?
“God is a spirit.” (Jn 4:23-24 NASB; NIV; HCSB; ESV)
Jn 1:18 – God can’t be seen. Neither can Christ.
1 Tim 6:16 – No one has seen Christ since his ascension.
As we can see from the Bible, Jesus was resurrected with a spiritual body, or “made alive in the spirit.” (1 Pt 3:18) And to this day, he continues to live as a spirit. Though we cannot see him at the present time, since spirits are invisible to the human eye, the Bible tells us we will see him one day. How can this be? Because as the Bible says, the resurrected body is a spiritual body. After people are resurrected to heaven, they will see Jesus “as he really is.” (1 John 3:2)