by P. Ron Ward
Spring Retreat (2022)
THE RESURRECTION BODY
1 Corinthians 15:35-58
Key Verse: 15:58
What feelings have you experienced when a friend or relative passed away? Why do you think some people feel angry at God when they lose a loved one?
Read verses 35-38. Why did Paul discuss the resurrection body? What analogy did Paul use to explain the body’s death and resurrection? (36-38; Jn. 12:24)
Read verses 39-41. How did Paul explain the resurrection body? Read verses 42-44. How does the body on earth differ from the body in heaven?
Read verses 45-49. What example did Paul use to explain natural and spiritual bodies? What nature did we receive from the first man, and what do we receive from the last Adam?
Read verses 50-54. Why is bodily transformation necessary? What mystery did Paul reveal? (51) How will all Christians be changed? When? (52) Why must all physical bodies be changed, even those that have not died? (53-54)
Read verses 55-58. What is the most significant victory? How has God given Christians the triumph over death? (56-57) What difference does it make that we will be resurrected? (58)
How should Christ’s resurrection and the hope of your own bodily transformation affect your priorities?