After correcting the Corinthians denial of the resurrection of the dead, Paul now anticipates their (and probably ours, too!) next question: “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”
By using multiple analogies, Paul shows them that we see the possibility of physical resurrection all around us- specially in how a bare seed is planted into the ground and then come up as a new, beautiful plant. So, goes the future resurrection of our own bodies.
Paul then reminds and encourages the readers how the continuity and discontinuity of their future resurrected body changes the way they view death and live now. Understanding death to be the last enemy to be destroyed, we grieve at death but as those not without hope because we know that we’re getting our bodies back. Furthermore, not only our bodies, but also our service for Jesus will even be resurrected.
This is why Paul ends this dense, abstract, but spectacular 58 verse chapter with these closing words: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58