But someone will say, "How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have when they come back?"
Look, fool! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn't come back to life unless it dies.
What you put in the ground doesn't have the shape that it will have, but it's a bare grain of wheat or some other seed.
God gives it the sort of shape that he chooses, and he gives each of the seeds its own shape.
All flesh isn't alike. Humans have one kind of flesh, animals have another kind of flesh, birds have another kind of flesh, and fish have another kind.
There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. The heavenly bodies have one kind of glory, and the earthly bodies have another kind of glory.
The sun has one kind of glory, the moon has another kind of glory, and the stars have another kind of glory (but one star is different from another star in its glory).
It's the same with the resurrection of the dead: a rotting body is put into the ground, but what is raised won't ever decay.
It's degraded when it's put into the ground, but it's raised in glory. It's weak when it's put into the ground, but it's raised in power.
It's a physical body when it's put into the ground, but it's raised as a spiritual body. If there's a physical body, there's also a spiritual body.
So it is also written, The first human, Adam, became a living person,a and the last Adam became a spirit that gives life.
But the physical body comes first, not the spiritual one—the spiritual body comes afterward.
The first human was from the earth made from dust; the second human is from heaven.
The nature of the person made of dust is shared by people who are made of dust, and the nature of the heavenly person is shared by heavenly people.
We will look likeb the heavenly person in the same way as we have looked like the person made from dust.
This is what I'm saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood can't inherit the kingdom of heaven. Something that rots can't inherit something that doesn't decay.
Listen, I'm telling you a secret: All of us won't die, but we will all be changed—
in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the final trumpet. The trumpet will blast, and the dead will be raised with bodies that won't decay, and we will be changed.
It's necessary for this rotting body to be clothed with what can't decay, and for the body that is dying to be clothed in what can't die.
And when the rotting body has been clothed in what can't decay, and the dying body has been clothed in what can't die, then this statement in scripture will happen: Death has been swallowed up by a victory.c55Where is your victory, Death? Where is your sting, Death?d56
(Death's sting is sin, and the power of sin is the Law.)
Thanks be to God, who gives us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!