When a human body dies the believers soul will in the blink of an eye be given a new spiritual, incorruptible, and immortal body and will go directly to heaven.
Paul answers the question about the resurrection of the dead and what happens to the body at death.
35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
The Bible Knowledge Commentary 1 Corinthians 15:51-52: Paul had revealed the same truth to the Thessalonians (1 Thes. 4:15–17). The Rapture of the church was a mystery (mystērion) in that it had not been known in the Old Testament but now was revealed. (Cf. other “mysteries”—now revealed truths—in Matt. 13:11; Luke 8:10; Rom. 11:25; 16:25; 1 Cor. 4:1; Eph. 1:9; 3:3–4, 9; 5:32; Col. 1:26–27; 2:2; 4:3; 2 Thes. 2:7; 1 Tim. 3:9, 16; Rev. 1:20; 10:7; 17:5.) The dead in Christ will first be raised, and then the living will be instantaneously transformed. The trumpet, as in the Old Testament, signaled the appearance of God (cf. Ex. 19:16). It is the last blast for the church because this appearance shall never end (cf. 1 Cor. 13:12). (There is no basis for post-tribulationists equating this trumpet with the seventh trumpet in Rev. 11:15–19. The trumpets in Rev. pertain to judgments during the Tribulation, whereas the trumpet in 1 Cor. 15:52 is related to the church.)
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary Philippians 3:20-21: At the Rapture of the church, Christ will transform (metaschēmatisei, “change the outward form of”) our lowly bodies so that they will be like (symmorphon, “identical in essential character”; cf. the participle symmorphizomenos in Phil. 3:10) His glorious body. Then every child of God will be made like the Son of God (1 John 3:2), that is, all Christians will receive glorified bodies like His. No more will they have the limitations they now experience in their “lowly” bodies, which are humbled by disease and sin. Their resurrected bodies will be like Christ’s, and their sanctification will be completed.
There are also some other questions that need to be answered such as:
- When will we get our new body?
- How will the new body be made?
- Will we be judged the same day as we are resurrected?
As far as when will we get our new body let’s look at 1 Cor. 15:51-54: 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
So, it is said that when we die, in the twinkling of an eye our bodies will change instantly into an incorruptible, immortal, spiritual type body being light and airy and free from death and made fit to be perpetual associates of spirits made perfect.
As far as how the new body will be made, we will be raised in an incorrupt body one that won’t decay or bleed, we will have a glorious body like the one Jesus was given, be infused with heavenly life and vigor, be haled (brought) to the court of judgment with bodies firm and durable, light and agile, purified and refined to the last degree and made fit to be perpetual associates of spirits made perfect.
As far as the resurrection and the judgment being on the same day, it appears that the body will take on an incorruptible and immortal state instantaneously (in the blink of an eye) as per 1 Corinthians 15:51-54. I personally would not be surprised if the judgment was on the same day of the resurrection. However, there is no way to know Jesus’ mind or His plans and the bible does not allude to a time frame.
What have we learned:
- The body cannot be raised up until it dies.
- All flesh is not the same. Some is for men, some for animals, some for fish and some for birds.
- There are also celestial (heavenly) bodies and terrestrial (earthly) bodies; however, the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is a different one.
- The body is sown in corruption (in sin) but it is raised in incorruption (without sin).
- It is sown in dishonor and it is raised in Glory.
- It is sown in weakness and raised in power.
- It is sown in a natural body and raised in a spiritual body.
- The natural body comes first (on earth) and the Spiritual second (in heaven).
- And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly
- Our soul will be transformed instantly into a heavenly spiritual type, light and airy body, a body just like the one Jesus received. We will have bodies firm and durable, light and agile, purified and refined to the last degree and made fit to be perpetual associates of spirits made perfect
Wonderful information to have while on earth but how glorious it will be to live it in heaven.
May the desire to pursue Your Word be with each one of us until the Lord Jesus comes for His church.
Always keep Jesus in your heart and on your mind.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “A Glorious Body”. Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding. I pray they have understood Your Words so they may be more comfortable with the way You have chosen to do things.
May God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding light for eternity. Let it be Your will not mine. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,