But some one will say, "How can the dead rise? And with what kind of body do they come back?"
Foolish man! the seed you yourself sow has no life given to it unless it first dies;
and as for what you sow, it is not the plant which is to be that you are sowing, but a bare grain, of wheat (it may be) or of something else, and God gives it a body as He has seen fit,
and to each kind of seed a body of its own.
All flesh is not the same: there is human flesh, and flesh of cattle, of birds, and of fishes.
There are bodies which are celestial and there are bodies which are earthly, but the glory of the celestial ones is one thing, and that of the earthly ones is another.
There is one glory of the sun, another of the moon, and another of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in a state of decay, it is raised free from decay;
it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
an animal body is sown, a spiritual body is raised. As surely as there is an animal body, so there is also a spiritual body.
In the same way also it is written, "The first man Adam became a living animal"; the last Adam is a life-giving Spirit.
Nevertheless, it is not what is spiritual that came first, but what is animal; what is spiritual came afterwards.
The first man is a man of earth, earthy; the second man is from Heaven.
What the earthy one is, that also are those who are earthy; and what the heavenly One is, that also are those who are heavenly.
And as we have borne a resemblance to the earthy one, let us see to it that we also bear a resemblance to the heavenly One.
But this I tell you, brethren: our mortal bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, nor will what is perishable inherit what is imperishable.
I tell you a truth hitherto kept secret: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the sounding of the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incapable of decay, and *we* shall be changed.
For so it must be: this perishable nature must clothe itself with what is imperishable, and this mortality must clothe itself with immortality.
But when this perishable nature has put on what is imperishable, and this mortality has put on immortality, then will the words of Scripture be fulfilled, "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
"Where, O death, is thy victory? Where, O death, is thy sting?"
Now sin is the sting of death, and sin derives its power from the Law;
but God be thanked who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!