With What Body Was Christ Raised?

Claes De Praet was an Anabaptist who was burned at the stake for his beliefs in the year 1556.  Here is an excerpt from his testimony before the religious authorities.

 

On the sixth day, in the forenoon, the jailer came and called me out of the place where I was confined, saying, “Claes, come down, and follow me; and he led the way.

 

My heart kindled within me with joy to the Lord my God; so that all my trouble and anxiety was driven from me, as dust is swept from the street. Then thought I, “O gracious God! now I find that Thou art faithful to Thy promise. Heb. 10:23. Lord, direct now my speech, as Thou hast promised.” Heb. 10:23; Luke 21:14.

 

He then led me into a room, where sat the chief judge with two other judges, the bailiff, and a man with a long beard, who had a large book before him, in which to write.

 

They regarded me very intently, when I entered the room, and I did them great reverence, and bade all of them peace. Rom. 13:7. The jailer placed a chair for me, and said, “Claes, sit down here; it is so ordered.” I sat down with good cheer, the heart lifted up to the Lord my God, forgetful of myself and the things that are in this world.

 

Priest. “You people don’t believe that Christ is God and man.”

 

Claes.”I believe that Christ is true God and man.” Priest. “Do you not believe that Christ is man from Mary’s flesh?”

 

Claes.”No; for if He had become man from. Mary’s natural flesh and blood, He must have had His beginning with Mary; but it is written that He has neither beginning of days, nor end of life. Heb. 7:3. And the Word would not have become flesh, if He had assumed flesh from Mary; nor would He have come in the flesh, as John declares; but He would have come from the flesh, had He assumed it from Mary. John 1:14; II John 7. And it is written: ‘He that confesseth not that Christ is come in the flesh, is that spirit of antichrist.’ I John 4:3. And if He were such a carnal man, He could not have ascended to heaven; for it is written (I Cor. 15:50) that flesh and blood will not inherit the kingdom of God.”[1]

 

Claes – dead yet speaking – makes many important points in his confession.  The one I want to bring your attention to is the last.  If Christ had assumed His flesh from Mary He could not inherit the kingdom of God.  The reason for this is that earthly flesh and blood is corrupt and cannot inherit a kingdom where only righteousness dwells[2].  Hence at the resurrection those in Christ will put on an incorruptible body that they might be made ready to enter the Kingdom of God[3].  But this was not true of Christ Himself.  His flesh was different; the body in which He came and died is the same body in which He inherits the Kingdom of God.  His own plain words and the physical evidence bear witness to this truth.

 

Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up…John 2:19-22.

 

Some believe that Christ walked this earth in an Adamic body of clay and then was resurrected in a different body.  This is contrary to the testimony of Christ himself, who said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it [the same one] up.”

John 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

John 2:20  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

John 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body.

John 2:22  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

 

Reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side…John 20:26-29

 

The physical evidence at the resurrection makes clear that Christ was resurrected in the same body in which He died.  Thomas was able to see and touch the physical scars that Christ bore from the nails and spear of Calvary.  A different body would not have had these scars.

 

John 20:26  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

John 20:27  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

John 20:28  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

John 20:29  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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Jesus was resurrected in the same body in which He died.  His words and the scars on His body testify of this fact.  In the latter days the resurrected Son of God will receive His inheritance from the Father[4].  His flesh had to be different than our corruptible flesh; otherwise Jesus would not be able to inherit His kingdom.

 

Let the scriptures speak


[1] P. 558, van Braght, T.J. The Bloody Theater or Martyrs Mirror of the Defenseless Christians, 5th edition, 1950. Scottdale, Pennsylvania, Waterloo, Ontario: Herald Press.  (Original work published 1660, translated by Sohm, J.F. 1886)

[2] 1 Corinthians 15:50

[3] 1 Cor. 15:49-54, Philippians 3:20-21

[4] Revelation 5

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