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1 Corinthians 15:50 – No flesh and blood

26-03-2020 - Posted by Andre Piet

Now this I am averring, brethren, that flesh and blood is not able to enjoy an allotment in the kingdom of God, neither is corruption enjoying the allotment of incorruption.

In this chapter, at first, Paul established the historical fact of the resurrection. Subsequently the far-reaching consequences of this. Then the order of the various vivifications and the eventual abolishment of death. And just now Paul argued at length how the body will be like in the resurrection and also how it differs from the current, perishable body.

From this verse he continues his argument about the resurrection, to reveal a secret (: 51). But beforehand he emphasizes that the current body of “flesh and blood” cannot possibly receive God’s Kingdom as destiny. Where Paul refers with “flesh and blood” to the present body in corruptibility. The resurrection body is “flesh and bone” (Luke 24:39), but not “flesh and blood.” Because precisely the combination with blood (= soul!) Is characteristic of the corruptible body.

With this statement, Paul indicates that the body in its current condition is unsuitable for the future. In order to enjoy an “allotment” or better “a destiny” in God’s Kingdom, the body will first have to undergo a major transformation.