Jehovah`s Witness/Resurrection of Jesus
QUESTION: I believe the Watchtower teaches that Jesus' body was not resurrected but was possibly dissolved into gases? But, definitely that his physical body was not resurrected. If that is not accurate, please correct me on that.
My question is, if that is what the Watchtower teaches, then when Jesus said to the religious leaders "destroy THIS TEMPLE and in 3 days I WILL RAISE IT UP....they thought he was talking about the actual temple. The writer of the book said "he was talking about the TEMPLE OF HIS BODY".
That statement from the Bible says that the "temple" that would be raised in 3 days was his body.
Please help me to understand this conflict between the Bible and the Watchtoer's teaching of Jesus' body not being resurrected.
Thank you in advance for your answer.
ANSWER: Hi Jim,
My apologies for not responding soon. Had to fix my computer.
In any case, you're statement is correct about Jesus PHYSICAL Fleshly body. That it was NOT brought back to life but that Jesus was resurrected or "was made" a "spirit" being.
Notice even the KJV says it:
[1Co 15:45 KJV]
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit."
Hence if Jesus "[was made] a quickening spirit", what then happened to his material body?
Simple, it de-materialized! Or was disposed of in a timely manner.
It can't be any clearer than that.
Does the Bible say this to be the case?
Not straightforwardly but by observation. That is, by reasoning from the Scriptures.
In other words, if the Bible said:
“. . .because you will not leave me in the Grave, nor will you allow your loyal one to see corruption.” (Acts 2:27)
It means that Jesus' fleshly human body DID NOT "see corruption".
How was this accomplished?
Well once Jesus' body was in the (enclosed warm) tomb - it started to decay, so to prevent it from complete decay - corruption - it had as you said be "dissolved" or my word de-materialized. For how else can a lifeless body with flesh/blood/bones be dissolved and not decay without de-materialization? Of course, why not?
In fact this is confirmed for us when David died and was buried.
The Scripture says:
“So it also says in another psalm: ‘You will not allow your loyal one to see corruption.’ 36 David, on the one hand, rendered service to God in his own generation, fell asleep in death, was laid with his forefathers, and did see corruption.” (Acts 13:35, 36)
“he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he forsaken in the Grave nor did his flesh see corruption.” (Acts 2:31)
And to resurrect him in the same body makes no sense because that body was already given as a ransom. To take it back and be resurrected IN it, nulls the ransom much like taking a ransom back when given in payment of someone's freedom.
As for the "contradiction". Simply there's none because the "body" that Jesus was talking about IS NOT his physical body but this:
“. . .Jesus replied to them: “Tear down this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said: “This temple was built in 46 years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was talking about the temple of his body.” (John 2:19-21)
Note again the wordings:
"this temple...the temple of his body.” NOT this "body of mine", not this "fleshy body of mine" that is to be sacrificed but "the temple of
“he was talking about the temple of his body”
Meaning, his Congregation from which he IS the "chief cornerstone”. That in three days, when God resurrects him, he will build it up or "raised it up" again.
“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen, precious to God, 5 you yourselves as living stones are being built up into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, in order to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it says in Scripture: “Look! I am laying in Zion a chosen stone, a precious foundation cornerstone, and no one exercising faith in it will ever be disappointed.” 7 It is to you, therefore, that he is precious, because you are believers; but to those not believing, “the stone that the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone”” (1 Peter 2:4-7)
Here's further confirmation:
“Now you are Christ’s body
, and each of you individually is a member. 28 And God has assigned the respective ones in the congregation: first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then powerful works; then gifts of healings; helpful services; abilities to direct; different tongues.” (1 Corinthians 12:27, 28)
That's all there is to it. No contradiction.
The "temple of his body” IS his Congregation -NOT his fleshly body.
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QUESTION: So if i understand, you say "that's all there is to it. No contradiction." And, what John said was that Jesus was referring to his body ...means according to the WTBTS, is not his body but his congregation??? In that text, Jesus said nothing about apostles, prophets, healings etc. etc. etc. He was discussing with the religious scribes and pharisees, that if they killed him, if they destroyed his body (which they brutally did), that "it would be raised". And it was raised but it was a "spiritual body". He said, "it is I, touch me and see that "A SPIRIT DOES NOT HAVE FLESH AND BONE AS YOU SEE I HAVE". And then he ate with them.
How do you get he was talking about "his congregation"? Where did that come from...because you can not prove that by scriptures.
Sure I can!
Look at the wordings again:
“he was talking about the temple of his body”
Now, tell me this, what is the "temple of his body"
Is it a literal body - physical or otherwise? Or something else?
The apostles understood what Jesus was talking about because John himself said:
V21 "But he was talking about the temple of his body.” John 2:21.
That he was talking about them - the anointed "Congregation" or "Church Of God".
Again - here are additional Scriptures that supports this understanding:
“Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple
and that the spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, and you are that temple.
” (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17)
“And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols? For we are a temple of a living God
; just as God said: “I will reside among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)
So what else do the words "the temple of his body" if not the "Church" or Congregation of anointed ones (the 144,000) - a spiritual temple (Rev. 21:22)?
Follow up - I'm interested in your explanation.
BTW - In Jesus saying “Tear down this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”, it really means that he will raise up the spiritual temple because he knew that in three days his Father and God will resurrect him back to life.
That is, that God will resurrect his son. NOT Jesus himself will resurrect himself while dead.
Otherwise what he said won't make sense.