Q&A: Looking Forward to the Resurrection of the Body

Looking Forward to the Resurrection of the Body

What is the relationship between Jesus' resurrection and the resurrection of believers?

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One of the great things that we Christians have to look forward to is the resurrection of the body. That's kind of the biblical hope. It's more focused on the resurrection of the body than it is actually being in heaven, which is more of a kind of Greek idea of the soul without the body or something of that kind. And our ultimate resurrection is grounded in and guaranteed by the resurrection of Christ. This is the great argument Paul makes in 1 Corinthians 15. He says that Christ's resurrection is the firstfruits. The image here is not only of Christ's resurrection being the first in a sequence, but also being that which guarantees everything else to come, because he has been raised, we will definitely be raised in and with him, giving us an absolutely incredibly certain hope for the future.

Answer by Dr. Douglas Moo

Dr. Douglas Moo is the Kenneth T. Wessner of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School.