35 But asomeone will say, “How are bthe dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?”
36 aYou fool! That which you bsow does not come to life unless it dies;
37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of 1something else.
38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and ato each of the seeds a body of its own.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.
40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
42 aSo also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown 1ba perishable body, it is raised 2can imperishable body;
43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in aglory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
44 it is sown a anatural body, it is raised a bspiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
45 So also it is written, “The first aman, Adam, became a living soul.” The blast Adam became a clife-giving spirit.
46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.
47 The first man is afrom the earth, 1bearthy; the second man is from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, aso also are those who are heavenly.
49 Just as we have aborne the image of the earthy, 1we bwill also bear the image of the heavenly.
The Mystery of Resurrection
50 Now I say this, brethren, that aflesh and blood cannot binherit the kingdom of God; nor does 1the perishable inherit 2cthe imperishable.
51 Behold, I tell you a amystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be bchanged,
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for athe trumpet will sound, and bthe dead will be raised 1imperishable, and cwe will be changed.
53 For this 1perishable must put on 2athe imperishable, and this bmortal must put on immortality.
54 But when this 1perishable will have put on 2the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “aDeath is swallowed up in victory.
55 “aO death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
56 The sting of adeath is sin, and bthe power of sin is the law;
57 but athanks be to God, who gives us the bvictory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 aTherefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in bthe work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.