October 5th, 1916
Received by James Padgett
I am here, Paul.
I will finish my message
tonight if you are so inclined. Well we will try. As I was saying,
the body that is resurrected at death, is not the physical body,
but the spirit body; and never after the first resurrection is there
another. I am now dealing with the resurrection other than that
of the soul, or the resurrection from the death of
which I have before written you.
The body that is once laid in the grave will never be resurrected
and neither will any of its elements enter into any other body for
the purpose of a resurrection. The body of flesh is created for
one purpose only, and when that purpose has been accomplished, never
will that body or any derivation from it be used for any other resurrection.
This body of flesh is of matter, and like all matter, is used for
the life on earth only, and cannot be used for any function or clothing
any spirit in the spirit world, and neither can it be translated
into the spirit realms. All material bodies must die and never will
there come a time when men can leave the earth, and enter the spirit
life in these material bodies.
I know that it has been written that certain of the prophets of
old were translated into the spirit heavens clothed in their fleshly
bodies, but this is not true, for it is impossible that such a thing
could be, for the same laws apply to the physical body of the saint
as to that of the sinner; both are of the earth - earthly - and
must be left behind when the spirits of men enter the heavens of
So that when men believe and preach the general resurrection of
the material body, or the special resurrection of the same, they
are in error and do not believe or preach the truth. Flesh and blood,
or flesh without blood, cannot inherit the kingdom, and no belief
or teachings can make that true which is untrue.
I do not desire to write more on this subject, because many men
who are acquainted with the laws of nature, and many more who will
become acquainted with these laws, know and will know and understand
the impossibility of the material entering the realm of the spiritual.
So thanking you for your kindness, I will say good night.
Your brother in Christ,
This message is a composite of two, being published
in Volume II on page 354 and Volume III on page 183. For more details
see this page.