This post below is excerpted and adapted from my most recent Xanga article, Preterist Response to a Futurist. I post it here, with a few modifications, to focus on one aspect of this resurrection question: Just what will we be like? In this 15th chapter of First Corinthians we have a series of contrasts between the new life and the old, the things we will become contrasted to those things we are being saved from. Those good qualities of the new creature (v. 42-44) are: incorruption, glory, power, spiritual. Then we read about the originators of the two classes, Adam and Christ. Adam "became a living being". Christ, "a life-giving Spirit." KJV unhelpfully provides "became", which is not at all the point. Then we come to a very important, oft-overlooked, detail. Overlooked in application, the origins of these two persons. (Skipping v. 46 for this post): "The first man is of the earth (ἐκ γῆς), earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven (ἐξ οὐρανοῦ) ." This passage is a continuation of verse 40: somata epigeia and somata epourania now become "ek ges" and "ex ouranou". This preposition (ek, ex - the forms only differ because of euphonics) shows origin. Adam came from the earth, from the dust. This brings to mind the very passage from Genesis. The "Second Adam" came from heaven. Note: In both cases, the origins determine the essence of who these two are - and (v. 48) the essence of their "followers". Verse 49 says that "we shall [or "let us"] bear the image of the heavenly man" (the Second Adam, from heaven). Now here is the Preterist application: We shall be like Christ. And what is Christ like - according to this passage? He is like He was when He came to Earth. He is spiritual. Was Christ fleshly before he came here to Earth? No. He was pure Spirit. We - according to this passage - will also be like Him. Pure spirit. We cannot have part Adam's essence ("dust") and part Christ's, seeing that we could not then "enter into the Kingdom of God". "Dust" has to do with "flesh and blood", not spirit.