1 Corinthians 15:48 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 15:48, NIV: As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:48, ESV: As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:48, KJV: As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

1 Corinthians 15:48, NASB: As is the earthy one, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly one, so also are those who are heavenly.

1 Corinthians 15:48, NLT: Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man.

1 Corinthians 15:48, CSB: Like the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; like the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven.

What does 1 Corinthians 15:48 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This passage has shown that the two kinds of bodies—that of the pre-death self and that of the resurrected believer—both follow a pattern. For all humans who live on the earth before death, that pattern was set by the "first man," Adam. We are people of the dust, originally formed by God's hands for earthly lives (Genesis 2:7; 1 Corinthians 15:47).

Born-again Christians, though, will follow another pattern: that of the man of heaven, Jesus. He was raised by God into a glorified body made of "heaven stuff." That body is designed to live and exist in eternity. When Christ returns and we are resurrected, we too will be remade of the stuff of heaven as we become the people of heaven (1 John 3:2).

Earlier, this was compared to the way a seed dies as it is sown, only to grow into something much grander (1 Corinthians 15:37). God's intent for resurrection is not merely to restore movement to a corpse (1 Corinthians 15:35), but to give us a body perfectly suited to heaven.