Actually, this is just food for thought – hopefully!
I first want to start this with the fact that I have a lot of respect for Wilson Thompson. I have thoroughly enjoyed his autobiography and other writings by him. He obviously is not around to ask any questions, so I give these thoughts below for you, the reader, to ponder and hopefully think about.
In the seventh paragraph, he says:
“But, what part of Christ was raised from the dead? I answer, the same that died and was buried. 1 Cor.15:3 & 4” “Was not his body mentioned here on the tree, his visible, corporeal, fleshly body? Surely it was. Surely it was. This body God had prepared for him as an acceptable offering, according to Heb.10:5. This body died and arose again.” “Now the same body that died, and was buried, was raised again from the dead; and we do know that he was put to death in the flesh, His flesh did therefore rest in hope.”
In the ninth paragraph he says along the same note:
“The very same flesh and bones which died and were buried, were raised again;” “Surely the same body of Christ that hungered, endured pain, was whipped, pierced, and wounded with nails, thorns, and finally crucified, under pain and reproaches, and was buried in Joseph’s new sepulchre, was the identical body, in which he was raised from the dead; and in that same body, with all the marks of his sufferings he appeared to his chosen witnesses, as they have testified.”
Unless I misunderstand what he is saying here, he is equating the body and flesh as the same thing. Was Paul mistaken when he said to the Corinthian brethren “that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption” (1 Cor. 15:50b)? The Lord endured pain beyond anything that I could ever imagine. Between the whippings and scourging, the crown of thorns placed on His head and then He was beat with rods upon that crown. Isaiah also prophesied that His beard was torn out in pieces. So, taking all this into consideration, the Lord was a bloody, disfigured, unrecognizable mess of a man when He finally gave up the Ghost and was lain in the tomb. Was it that same body that was raised and that Mary saw in the garden? Was it in that same body that the Lord walked with the two towards Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32)? Was it in that same body that the Lord stood in the midst of the disciples and said “Peace unto you” (John 20:19)? If it was the same body, why were they not appalled at the sight? If it was the exact same body why didn't Mary recognize Him? She was there when Jesus was on the cross, but she thought him to be the gardener when she saw him. It wasn't until He spoke her name that she realized who He was.
If it is the exact same body that the saints are raised with, then does that mean that if they are lame before they die will they be lame in heaven? If they are covered in scars, will those same scars be there for all eternity? If they are covered in tatoos, will they be the same? If they are minus a limb or an eye or some other disfigurement will they be like that for all eternity?
In the ninth paragraph he also says:
“That which was sown a natural body shall be raised a spiritual body.” “It was not in man before the introduction of sin; but is an effect of sin, which will never be raised with the just; but, like every other root of bitterness which sin has brought into man, either in body or mind, with all their consequent results, will be left behind, when the body clear of every evil, and all its train of concomitants shall be left behind, when the body shall be raised incorruptible and immortal, by the Holy Ghost, they will be spiritual bodies. The difference between a natural body, such as Adam had before he sinned, and the spiritual, immortal body, such as the saints shall have in the resurrection, is now known only in part; but we do know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
Does this not appear to contradict what was said in the above quotes? If the body is raised a “spiritual body” then it cannot be the exact same flesh and bones body that went into the grave.
Let me just end this with a few verses:
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Genesis 2:7; 3:19 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.... In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
1 Corinthians 15:35-38 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
1 Corinthians 15:51-54 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
This has not been an attempt to discredit Elder Thompson in any way! Nor has it been an attempt to try and persuade anyone. Please test all things no matter who proclaims it! If I am missing something, please let me know. I would be happy to discuss this with some.