“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)
The Basket Case Chronicles #191
“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Cor. 15:45–49).
The difference between the Adams is not that one had a body and the other did not. The first man Adam had a body dominated by his living soul; the quickening agent of the last Adam’s body was the Spirit. The first Adam had a spirit, but his body was animated by his soul. The last Adam has a soul but His body was dominated by the quickening Spirit.
The first kind of body is called natural. The second is spiritual. The first is from earth; the last is from Heaven. Those who follow Adam in his earthiness only are following him to the grave. Those who follow the heavenly Adam are a heavenly people. And all who belong to this heavenly people were recruited from the ranks of the earthy people.
So the spiritual man is not ethereal. The spiritual man is a material man—Christ rose from the dead, and appeared to His disciples in such a way as to demonstrate that He was not a spirit, not a ghost (Luke 24:39). He had flesh and bones—but they were flesh and bones that had been brought to life by the Almighty and Holy Spirit of God (Rom. 1:4).
The human body is a battery that was designed to take a much greater charge than it is now, in this fallen state, able to bear.