Resurrection of the damned?

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MichaelR

Puritan Board Freshman
I have regular bible studies with my 10 year old son.

We were discussing our resurrection. We were also discussing what I don't see talked about much, that is the resurrection body of the damned.

I brought up how Paul answered the question about what kind of body and how we will be resurected with his analogy of the seed and the tree.

It seems it's like this. You have two seeds that seem similar, yet one when it's planted in the ground becomes a majestic Redwood Tree, the other a ugly shrub.

It would seem that Paul assumes we know what he's talking about, so would it be unreasonable to suggest that the regenerate will be resurrected in a glorious body, and the unregenerate in a ghastly body?

I realize this topic is trivial, but I've never really heard anyone bring it up in Theological circles.
 

J. Dean

Puritan Board Junior
Whether their body is "ghastly" or not, considering that they will be standing before God condemned in the Final Judgment, I don't think it will matter.

Having said that, that's an interesting point. I suppose we shall see when we as the sheep look over at the goats on the other side.
 

Peairtach

Puritan Board Doctor
It would seem that Paul assumes we know what he's talking about, so would it be unreasonable to suggest that the regenerate will be resurrected in a glorious body, and the unregenerate in a ghastly body?

The Bible doesn't refer to this directly, so whether our inferences are right or wrong is a moot point. The opposite of a "glorious body" is an "inglorious body", whatever that means, which may or may not be inferred, rather than a "ghastly body" whatever that means.

I realize this topic is trivial, but I've never really heard anyone bring it up in Theological circles.

Maybe it's not brought up because the Apostle talks about the bodies of the saints, but not about the bodies of the lost.
 

N. Eshelman

Puritan Board Senior
I have never really thought about what they will look like. I always assumed they would look like what they looked like when they were alive. The Larger Catechism deals more with the just than the unjust, but I like the use of the term "dishonor."

Question 87: What are we to believe concerning the resurrection?

Answer: We are to believe, that at the last day there shall be a general resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust: when they that are then found alive shall in a moment be changed; and the selfsame bodies of the dead which were laid in the grave, being then again united to their souls forever, shall be raised up by the power of Christ. The bodies of the just, by the Spirit of Christ, and by virtue of his resurrection as their head, shall be raised in power, spiritual, incorruptible, and made like to his glorious body; and the bodies of the wicked shall be raised up in dishonor by him, as an offended judge.
 
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