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QUESTION: Re the Resurrection Body

I received the following question(s) from a questioner at The Question Box on our Church website, www.plymouth-church.com, where I have answered questions for the past four years.

When the resurrection happens: Will those resurrected come to life in the clothes they were buried in? Or will they be naked like the birth of a baby? If someone had an illness before death – will the illness continue or will the people become healthy ?

You are not the first to ask questions such as this, and ultimately we have to admit that we do not know everything about what the resurrection body will be like. The people in Corinth asked this question, apparently to embarrass those who believed in the resurrection (see 1 Corinthians 15:35).

In reply, Paul said that the resurrection body will be a spiritual body, but he did not describe it, except to say that it would be glorious.

Many believe it will be somewhat like the body Jesus had after His resurrection. He passed into and out of rooms with closed doors – and appeared simultaneously (or at least nearly so) at widely separated places. Yet, He had a body, and it was in the body that He ascended back into heaven, where He apparently still has a body as He sits at the right hand of the Father.

You ask if the resurrected body will continue to be diseased. No, it will not. When the Lord returns, He will restore all things.

He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. – Acts 3:21

In Revelation as John describes the New Jerusalem, he says:

(1)  Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb (2)  down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (3)  No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. – Revelation 22:1-3

The curse God pronounced in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned is no more. The Tree of Life is restored, and one of its blessings is healing. When all things are restored, that will include our bodies – restored to their intended power and use, except that they may not have all of the limitations of our present bodies.

As far as the rest of your question about how we will be clothed, I must say that I do not know. I can speculate, though, by extending the above to the Edenic condition as well.

If the Garden of Eden is restored, we may be clothed as Adam and Eve were prior to their sin. But before you begin to drool over the prospect of many beautiful women without clothing, remember: Jesus said that in the resurrection there will be no marriage or giving in marriage, but we will be like the angels. There will also be no sin there. Heaven should not, even in your wildest most lustful dreams be thought of as an orgy. Rather, as noted above, “His servants will serve Him” (Revelation 22:3). Also note that this is speculation, pure and simple.

You can be assured that however we are clothed (or not) it will be appropriate to our being in the presence of God, the angelic hosts, and all of the redeemed of all ages!


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