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Time of Receipt of the Resurrection Body— A Pauline Inconsistency?

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Paul offers some different answers to the question: When does the believer receive their resurrection body? According to 1 Cor. 15 no believers receive their resurrection body until the Parousia. So while in 1 Cor. 15 Paul believed that the Christian received the spiritual body at the Parousia, as a result of the experience described in 2 Cor. 1:8ff. which had a deep effect on Paul's eschatological thinking, he brought forward this event to the moment of death. It seems reasonable to say that in 2 Cor. 5: 1 as in 1 Cor. 15, Paul shows that the consummation of heavenly existence will involve a new bodily form. This chapter concludes that the main points for arguing what Paul says in 2 Cor. 5: 1-10 are consistent with what he writes elsewhere on the matter of the time of receipt of the resurrection body, at the Parousia.

Keywords: Parousia; Paul's eschatological thinking; resurrection body



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