The Nature of Man in the Kingdom of Heaven

“You don’t have a soul; you are a soul who has a body”
— C. S. Lewis

Knowing that, unlike them, Jesus believed in the resurrection, some Sadducees came to him and asked him a hypothetical question:

Moses said that if a man died without having children, his brother should marry his wife, and raise children with her to honor his brother. Suppose there were seven brothers. The first, after taking a wife, died, and, having no children, left his wife to his brother. Likewise the second also, and the third, and so on until the seventh. Last of all, the woman died. After the resurrection, whose wife will she be? For all seven were married to her.”

Jesus answered:

spiritual-bodiesYou are mistaken, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For after the resurrection people neither marry, nor are given in marriage. Rather, they are like the angels of God in heaven. Concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ God is not the god of the dead, but of the living.”

When the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine. Jesus’s statement that people who are resurrected will be like the Malakim, the messenger angels, is similar to Paul’s concept of a bodily resurrection:

Flesh and blood is not able to inherit the kingdom of heaven, nor can corruption inherit incorruptibility. We will not all die before the kingdom is revealed, but when it is, we will all be changed. In a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

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About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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