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1Cor 15:39 –  All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 

Paul continues describing our resurrection body by using common comparisons from nature…

The differing types of flesh that exist instruct us on the nature of our resurrection bodies.  There are differing types of flesh that exists in the world today.  We all recognize that that are 4 basic types of flesh: human, animal, fish and fowl.  What does this teach us about the nature of our resurrection body?  The key phrase in this section of teaching is “not the same”.

Our resurrection body will be quite unique:

  1. First of all the COMPOSITION of our resurrection body will be “not the same” as our human fleshly body.  It will be changed.  It will be “glorified”.  It will not be touched by sin, sickness, or death.  Just like the composition of a bird’s flesh is not the same as the flesh of humans, animals or fish…. So too, the composition of our bodies will be different.
  2. Secondly, the APPEARANCE of our resurrection bodies will be “not the same” as the appearance of any other believer’s glorified body. (vs 38).  Although we will all be glorified, each of our bodies will carry in them differing characteristics.  Just as in our fleshly bodies.  Although we are made of the same human flesh we possess differing characteristics.  Skin color, height, weight, hair color, the lists goes on and on.  In some way, the appearance of our glorified bodies will be different one to another. This is supported from the example Paul gives us… although animal flesh is the same, every animal appears different from one another.   One dog differs in appearance to another, although both have the flesh of dogs on their bones.

It is a hard thing to try to understand what our resurrection bodies will be like.  Why?  Because they are “not the same” as anything we are familiar with here on earth.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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  1. granbee says:

    Pastor Rob, I do believe I have commented on this post over at Christian Blessings yesterday! I really appreciate the clear way you distinguish the manner of the resurrection of our bodies!

  2. I agree with Granbee — love how you describe our new bodies.
    And enjoyed your wife’s blog, too. My husband and I share Longings End. It is great to share faith and the expressing of our creative selves with our spouses…

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thank you for your kind words…. The SIH blog is a team effort for my wife and myself as well. Her art is used for the logos, I write the stuff and she proof reads every post and gives me alot of helpful suggestions on how best to express things. It is a real blessing to be able to wrok together for His glory. May the Lord bless you and your husband on your blog ministry. I just visited your blog.. you guys are doing a great job. The Lord is blessing your efforts.

  3. Great explanation. It can also be said, I think, that somehow we will know one another. Peter, James & John knew Moses and Elijah whom they had never met, and they certainly didn’t have photos of them. A great experience awaits us.

    What an amazing God!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I agree with you fully… I think a part of us recognizing one another resutls from each of our glorified bodies having a different appearance AND the fact that we will all be brothers and sisters in Christ and then, based on that relationship know each other even if we have not met on earth. These are just my thoughts… to my knowledge the Bible doesn’t directly address the issue. Thanks. Lord bless

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