21 who, by the power(A) that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies(B) so that they will be like his glorious body.(C)

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42 So will it be(A) with the resurrection of the dead.(B) The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;(C) 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory;(D) it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.(E)

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[a];(F) the last Adam,(G) a life-giving spirit.(H) 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.(I) 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth;(J) the second man is of heaven.(K) 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.(L) 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man,(M) so shall we[b] bear the image of the heavenly man.(N)

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood(O) cannot inherit the kingdom of God,(P) nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.(Q) 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery:(R) We will not all sleep,(S) but we will all be changed(T) 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,(U) the dead(V) will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable(W) must clothe itself with the imperishable,(X) and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[c](Y)

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  1. 1 Corinthians 15:45 Gen. 2:7
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:49 Some early manuscripts so let us
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:54 Isaiah 25:8

Awaiting the New Body

For we know that if the earthly(A) tent(B) we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan,(C) longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling,(D) because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan(E) and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling,(F) so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.(G)

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