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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. III:
Doctrinal Treatises of St. Augustin: Chapter 91

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Chapter 91.—The Bodies of the Saints Shall at The Resurrection Be Spiritual Bodies.

The bodies of the saints, then, shall rise again free from every defect, from every blemish, as from all corruption, weight, and impediment. For their ease of movement shall be as complete as their happiness. Whence their bodies have been called spiritual, though undoubtedly they shall be bodies and not spirits. For just as now the body is called animate, though it is a body, and not a soul [anima], so then the body shall be called spiritual, though it shall be a body, not a spirit. 1268 Hence, as far as regards the corruption which now weighs down the soul, and the vices which urge the flesh to lust against the spirit, 1269 it shall not then be flesh, but body; for there are bodies which are called celestial. Wherefore it is said, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;” and, as if in explanation of this, “neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” 1270 What the apostle first called “flesh and blood,” he afterwards calls “corruption;” and what he first called “the kingdom of God,” he afterwards calls “incorruption.” But as far as regards the substance, even then it shall be flesh. For even after the resurrection the body of Christ was called flesh. 1271 The apostle, however, says: “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body;” 1272 because so perfect shah then be the harmony between flesh and spirit, the spirit keeping alive the subjugated flesh without the need of any nourishment, that no part of our nature shall be in discord with another; but as we shall be free from enemies without, so we shall not have ourselves for enemies within.


Footnotes

266:1268

1 Cor. 15.441 Cor. xv. 44. [See R.V.]

266:1269

Wis. 9:15, Gal. 5:17Wisd. ix. 15; Gal. v. 17

266:1270

1 Cor. 15.501 Cor. xv. 50

266:1271

Luke 24.39Luke xxiv. 39

266:1272

1 Cor. 15.441 Cor. xv. 44


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