Jesus’ Resurrection – Spirit or Flesh?

Jesus’ Resurrection – Spirit or Flesh?

Jesus' Resurrection - Spirit or Physical?
Was Jesus resurrected as a spirit or a fleshly body?

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)

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)

1 Cor 15:50 – Flesh can’t go to heaven.

1 Pt 3:18 – “Put to death in the body but made alive in the spirit.” (NIV)

Heb 1:3 – “The Son is the exact representation of his being.” (NIV)

Jn 1:18 – “No one has seen ever seen God.” (NIV)

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 in the spirit.” (NASB; ESV; NIV)

Heb 1:3 – “The exact representation of his being.” (NIV)
Heb 1:3 – “The exact expression of his nature.” (CSB)
Heb 1:3 – “The exact representation of his nature.” (NASB)

What is God’s nature or being?
“God is a spirit.” (Jn 4:23-24 NASB; NIV; HCSB; ESV)

Jn 1:18 – Can’t be seen.

1 Tim 6:16 – No one has seen Christ since his ascension.

Acts 9:5-8; Acts 22:6-8; Acts 26:12-15 – Heard, not seen.

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)

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