oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Jesus' resurrection and the nature of the believer's resurrection body (1 Cor 15:1-58)

Volume 12, Issue 09
  • ISSN : 1996-8167



This journal article undertakes a biblical and theological analysis of 1 Corinthians 15, in order to discern what Paul had to say about Jesus' resurrection and the nature of the believer's resurrection body. The essay first considers Paul's theology within the context of Second Temple Judaism and Adamic motifs in ancient Jewish literature. Then, the essay highlights Paul's teaching that the Messiah conquered death so that believers could have new life in Him. The apostle revealed that the resurrection body would not die or engage in sin, and it would share in the resurrection power of the Messiah. Furthermore, Paul declared that this transformation would not be slow and gradual; instead, when the Saviour returned, believers - whether dead or alive - would be instantly changed. They would receive incorruptible bodies, and this transformation would display the Son's complete and final victory over death

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