we call the body may be the same after the deluge of death has passed away.
A different and less satisfactory view is presented in Dorner?s Eschatology. ?Identity involves 1. Plastic form, which for the earthly body had its molding principle in the soul. That principle could effect nothing permanent in the intermediate state but with the spiritual consummation of the soul, it attains the full power which can appropriate to itself the heavenly body, accompanied by a cosmical process, made like Christ. 2. Appropriation, from the world of elements of what it needs. The elements, into which everything bodily of earth is dissolved, are an essentially uniform mass, like an ocean and it is indifferent what parts of this are assigned to each individual man. The whole world of substance, which makes the constant change of substance possible, is made over to humanity as a common possession ( <440432>Acts 4:32 ? ?not one of them said that aught of the things which he possessed was his own but they had all things common?).
(c) A material organism can only be regarded as a hindrance to the free activity of the spirit. The assumption of such an organism by the soul, which, during the intermediate state had been separated from the body, would indicate a decline in dignity and power rather than a progress.
We reply that we cannot estimate the powers and capacities of matter when brought by God into complete subjection to the spirit. The bodies of the saints may be more ethereal than the air, and capable of swifter motion than the light and yet be material in their substance. That the soul, clothed with its spiritual body, will have more exalted powers and enjoy a more complete felicity than would be possible while it maintained a purely spiritual existence, is evident from the fact that Paul represents the culmination of the soul?s blessedness as occurring, not at death, but at the resurrection of the body.
<450822> Romans 8:22 ? ?waiting for our adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body?; <470504>2 Corinthians 5:4 ? ?not for that we would be unclothed, but that we would be clothed upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life?; <500311>Philippians 3:11 ? ?if by my means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead.? Even <198611>Psalm 86:11 ? ?Unite my heart to fear thy name? may mean the collecting of all the powers of the body as well as soul. In this respect for the body, as a normal part of man?s being, Scripture is based upon the truest philosophy. Plotinus gave thanks that he was not tied to an immortal body and refused to have his portrait taken
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