1 Corinthians 15:47-50
1Co 15:47 The first man came from the dirty land; the second man came from the sky.
1Co 15:48 Like the one made from dirt, so also are the ones made from dirt, and like the one made from sky stuff, so also are the ones made of sky stuff.
1Co 15:49 Just as we now look like the dirty man, we will someday look like the sky-stuff man.
1Co 15:50 I am saying this, brothers, because flesh and blood is not able to inherit the kingdom from God, nor can the thing that rots inherit that which is indestructible.
inheritance and resurrection
Paul continues to argue that the resurrection is absolutely necessary. His opponents in the Corinthian assemblies have suggested that upon death, human beings automatically inherit immortality and fly away to “heaven” or the other place.
Paul says there is nothing automatic about our gaining immortality. It comes from the one who came from the sky: Jesus. So, it will come only by his raising us from the dead, and fitting us for forever. Flesh and blood (humanity as a whole) cannot automatically become spiritual beings. We are creatures made to die and rot; we cannot automatically become indestructible. That will take a resurrection unto eternal life. That does not take place automatically at death. It needs the life-making touch of the second Adam. It requires the intervention of Christ.
LORD, thank you for our future hope — a hope that rests solely on Christ.