1 Corinthians 15:42-50

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42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

See F.F. Bruce: "a man of dust" for an argument that "the first man" in verse 47 is Jesus of Nazareth, a natural living soul.

Literal Reading

  • This passage is cited here as "accepting" events of early Genesis as literally true. See comment here. —BP

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Made in the Likeness of God

  • Verse 49 is cited in The Fourth Conversation in relation to all humans, including prehistoric ones, being made progressively in the likeness of God — compare 2 Corinthians 3:18, we "are being changed . . . " — thus "being created in the image of God does not necessarily preclude a progressive maturity to get to that image".