And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. … And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
The apostle Paul continued his explanation of the teaching of the resurrections by comparing Adam and Jesus Christ. Adam was made of the dust of the earth and passed on to us mortal, physical life. Jesus Christ is the Creator God, who can give us immortal, spirit life. In the resurrection we can take on the image of Jesus Christ, who was the first to be resurrected to immortal life.
The apostle John explained this wonderful truth this way: “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).
We previously covered 1 Corinthians 15:50-53, which explains the resurrection to immortality at the last trumpet when the saints inherit the Kingdom of God. Read more about the resurrections in our free booklet The Last Enemy: What Really Happens After Death?