But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain-perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we who were dead in our trespasses and sins are crucified with Christ. Our hearts, which were dead to God have been buried with Jesus. And through God’s grace, the righteousness of Jesus is imputed or freely given to us and we then are resurrected with Him into new life. We through faith in Jesus receive a new spirit which replaces our old spirit. We receive a new spirit which is alive to God and the things of God and we are resurrected as a new creation of God. Through faith we have become children of God and joint-heirs with Christ in the kingdom of God. And with our new life comes a new spiritual body, one fit for eternity in God’s presence. For now we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to work out God’s spiritual growth in us and to secure us until that time when we see Jesus face to face. However, because of the resurrection of Christ, we will all receive new bodies. When we go to be with the Lord and we see Jesus face to face, we will receive an incorruptible body, one made especially for us to reside in the presence of Jesus forever.
Therefore, if we know that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us. If we know that He sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us, we must then remember that He is returning for us. Jesus Himself told us that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Moreover, He said that He would return for His own. This means His resurrection after His crucifixion, along with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is our guarantee of God’s promise to us of eternal life. Jesus resurrection is our guarantee that He will return for us and we will be glorified with Him. Our new bodies will not be subject to sin, decay or death. They will be made for us by God, to glorify Him and to do the work of the Father forever. Dear believer as Paul told us in his first letter to the Corinthians, “Do you not know that we are to judge angels?” If we are to judge angels in heaven we must have a body suitable to reside in the heavenly places, a body suitable to reside in the presence of Christ Jesus our Lord.