I wanted to draw attention to the context that these verses need to be seen in. It is noteworthy that these last few verses are all so often called upon and carefully lifted out and exposited - to the exclusion of that necessary background. When you study the whole - Don't take my word for it. Do it yourself - you notice that Paul is really stressing the unity of the body, and that it is - that we are - one in Christ. But we are of such an individualistic bent - and we have inherited such an individualistic framework of Christianity - that we have a hard time seeing this.........my point in the OP was that physical bodies in the resurrection is not what Paul was writing of in these chapters. His main thrust was on the body of Christ, and that we are members of that one body.- Tom Riggle Tom is clearly arguing that 1 Corinthians 15 and the words "the body" do not refer to the individual physical body of the believer, but refers to the spiritual body of Christ the Church. However, this conclusion is due to pure eisgesis not exegesis for the following contextul reasons. 1. The STATED subject is the gospel of Jesus Christ and how the resurrection of the physical body of Christ is inseparable from the truth of the gospel - vv. 1-5. A glance at the previous chapters will show Paul jumps from one subject to another (1 Cor. 1-4; 5; 6; 7; 8-10; 11; 12-14; 15). 2. This physical resurrection of Christ has been verified by witnesses - vv. 6-11 for the purpose to substantiate its vital relationship to the hope of physical resurrection of the saints in the future - vv. 12-20. 3. That the physical resurrection of Christ's physical body is interrelated and inseparable from the very hope expressed in the gospel for all believers including those who already "sleep in Jesus." - vv. 12-19. There is not one iota of a word in the entire context concerning the "church" or the "body of Christ" or the spiritual unity of the body of Christ. That is pure imagination fueled by a false doctrine that Tom is attempting to palm off on the readers of this forum. 4. In addition, the phrase "resurrrection FROM THE DEAD" is first used to describe the PHYSICAL resurrection of the PHYSICAL body of Jesus Christ and then applied to the resurrection of the body that follows. 5. The contrast is between the kind of body that has its source from Adam, which can only be the PHYSICAL INDIVIDUAL BODY with that of the Second Adam illustrated in the resurrection of the Second Adam which is a PHYSICAL INDIVIDUAL BODY - 1 Cor. 15:22 with verse 45. 6. The illustrations use plural "bodies" described by generic nouns (1 Cor.15:35-42) 7. Christ promised that "hades" has no power over the church (Mt. 16:18) but the context here demands hades does have power over "the body" in question and continues to have power until the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:55-56).