1 Corinthians 15:35-58

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The Resurrection Body and the Rapture of the Church

1 Corinthians 15:35-58

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Lesson Number 24

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The resurrection body will be glorious and spiritual.
  2. The resurrection body will be imperishable and immortal.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t determine your doctrine from illustrations.


  1. What is the main topic of 1 Corinthians 15?
  2. What truths did 1 Corinthians 15 teach about the resurrection of Christ?
  3. What does it mean that our resurrection bodies will be spiritual bodies?
  4. Besides 1 Corinthians 15, what other scripture passage teaches us about the Rapture?
  5. What is a “mystery” in the Bible?


  1. The bodily resurrection of believers
  2. The resurrection of Christ is shown to be a fact of history and the foundation of the Christian faith. If Christ is not risen from the dead, the Christian faith has no basis.
  3. Not that they will be immaterial, rather our resurrection bodies will be in tune with our renewed spirits in Christ. We will have sinless, eternal bodies like our Lord’s glorious resurrection body.
  4. 1 Thessalonians 4
  5. A biblical mystery is truth that was concealed in the Old Testament, and now is revealed in the New Testament. The mystery here is the Rapture, not the resurrection.


  1. Besides what we learn in 1 Corinthians 15, we can learn much about our resurrected bodies by studying Christ’s resurrected body (Philippians 3:21). Think back to the Gospel accounts. What was His resurrection body like? What could He do in it?
  2. Discuss the wonderful change that will take place at the Rapture. How does the Rapture affect believers who are alive in Christ and those who have already died? When could the Rapture occur?


  1. Has this study of 1 Corinthians 15 affected your beliefs on resurrection? This is a wonderful truth of Scripture!

Key Verses

  • “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
  • “Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:54-55
  • “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

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