In Christianity, the apostle Paul introduced the concept of the spiritual body in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 15:44), describing the resurrection body as "spiritual" (Greek "pneumatikos") in contrast to the natural (Greek "psychikos") body:
1 Corinthians 15:42-44 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonour, 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. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
Christian teaching traditionally interprets Paul as comparing the resurrection body with the mortal body, saying that it will be a different kind of body; a "spiritual body", meaning an immortal body, or incorruptible body (15:53—54).
- For example: Albl, Martin C. (2009). Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology. Saint Mary's Press. p. 168-173. ISBN 9780884899822. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
The New Testament [...] makes a clear distinction between the 'natural' (psychichos) human life and the 'life in Christ,' a spiritual (pneumatikos) life that a person receives after conversion to Christ and baptism. [...] Rather, it will be a different kind of body: a 'spiritual body,' an immortal, incorruptible body (15:53-54).
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