1 Corinthians 15:2
ESV - 2 And by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you - unless you believed in vain.
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God who created us certainly can recreate us from ashes, regardless the manner in which the body was disposed at death. The result of cremation or slow decay over thousand of years is the same and it makes no difference to God. All organic matter return to its basic elements, the real difference being only how long it takes. Actually, I do not believe that in resurrection the new person will be composed of the same elements of which he was previously formed. The person remains in God's mind and through His creative power He will restore us to what He wishes.
Since the Bible speaks of martyrs being sawn in half (Hebrews 11:37) (in addition to all the Christians who have suffered similar fates -- including beheading, dismemberment, or burning -- in the last 2,000 years), and since the Bible also identifies God as being omnipotent/almighty, this says to me that nothing that humans can do to a Christian's body (including cremation of the body at the believer's own request or direction) presents an impediment to God in the resurrection or reconstitution of that believer in a glorified body.
1 Corinthians 15:3-7 "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born." Jesus was the first person to be resurrected from the dead. He had a physical body that was recognizable to those who knew him. His friends touched his body. Doubting Thomas touched his hands and side. He ate bread and fish with his friends. He would appear out of nowhere and then disappear again. He walked into rooms as if the walls and locked door were not there. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him." The passage makes no reference to how people have died and what condition their dead bodies are in. It simply declares the truth that everyone who has fallen asleep in Christ will be raised to a new life. I believe our resurrection will be similar to Jesus in many ways. Our bodies will be recognizable. Although our bodies will be spiritual in nature, we will also live a physical existence. Our bodies will live forever on the new earth that Jesus is coming to create. 1 Corinthians 15:35,42-44,49 "But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”.... So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body…. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man." This passage describes the resurrection process in great detail. Our new bodies will be imperishable, glorious, powerful, spiritual. We will bear the image of the heavenly man – Jesus. 1 Corinthians 15:50-56 "I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Every believer, whether dead or alive, will be resurrected. It will all happen in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. We will become imperishable and immortal. When Jesus comes again, we will never again suffer death in the new earth that he will create.
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