New Bodies in Heaven/resurrection question

In a previous thread, someone was asking about animals being in heaven, and I said there are only spirits in heaven. Then someone brought up the fact that we will have new bodies. I’m just trying to wrap my head around this…
After the resurrection, what are these bodies? Are they spiritual bodies? Can physical bodies be in heaven with God, who is spirit?

*Mark 12:25
For when they shall rise again from the dead, they shall neither marry, nor be married, but are as the angels in heaven. *

Do angels then have bodies? Are they physical bodies?

I’m just a little confused, so if someone has some insight, perspective, or resources on this, let me know!
THanks! :smiley:

Hi,

Angels don’t have bodies, they are spiritual beings. I just posted some stuff earlier this morning regarding this. If I can refind the thread, I will post it in here and link it.

God bless.

Hi,

Found it. So doing some copy and pasting, so you don’t have to switch windows to read thread.

Quoted from Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Dr. Ludwig Ott.

The nature of the angels is spiritual. [De Fide]

The 4th Lateran and the Vatican Councils speak of a spiritual and a corporeal creation and refer the former to the angels.

As distinct from human nature, which is composed of spirit and body, the nature of the angels is purely spiritual, that is free from all materiality.

Holy Write explictily calls the angels spirits. See 3 Kings 22:21; Daniel 3:86; Wisdom 7:23; 2 Macc. 3:24; Mt. 8:16, Luke 6:18, 10:20, 11:24, Heb 1:14; Apoc 1:4 St. Paul contrasts “the spirits of wickedness,” that is, the fallen angels, with “flesh and blood” that is, mankind. Eph. 6:12: “We must not wage battle against flesh and blood but against the principalities, against the powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of evil in the world of heaven.” The act of contrasting shows that the fallen agnels are visualised as immaterial essences.

[ommiting a paragraph]

A great number of the Fathers, ascribed to the angels a fine ethereal or firelike corporeality.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Paragraph 328 - The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition


very succinctly put.


I would also recommend you to look up in the Summa Theologia about the parts where it talks about angels being pure spirits.

Hope this helps.

God bless.

Thanks for the info on angels!

If Christ says we will be like angels in heaven, does that mean we will no longer have bodies too? I know we will have resurrected bodies…and I suppose these are physical bodies.

I am confused about how a physical body can be in heaven, a spiritual realm, or be united with God, who is spirit. How can a physical body be “like the angels?” Anyone got any info on the nature of a “resurrected body?”

amazon.com/Surprised-Hope-Rethinking-Resurrection-Mission/dp/0061551821/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1308150505&sr=1-1

We will have bodies again. After the Resurrection of the Body and New Creation. I very much recommend this NT Wright book on the subject. It’s not perfect, but I think he gets an awful lot right.

According to Catholic belief, people in Heaven will have bodies only after the Second Coming of Jesus and the general resurrection. My assumption is that until that time, at the present moment for example, only Jesus and Mary are fully human in Heaven. The rest are disembodied spirits. That may sound “heavenly” to Catholic theologians, but it sounds awful to me.

start by reading the resurrection accounts at the end of the gospels, then read,l

1 Corinthians 15:35-58
New Century Version (NCV)

What Kind of Body Will We Have?
35 But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have?"36 Foolish person! When you sow a seed, it must die in the ground before it can live and grow.37 And when you sow it, it does not have the same “body” it will have later. What you sow is only a bare seed, maybe wheat or something else.38 But God gives it a body that he has planned for it, and God gives each kind of seed its own body.39 All things made of flesh are not the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds have another, and fish have another.40 Also there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. But the beauty of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the beauty of the earthly bodies is another.41 The sun has one kind of beauty, the moon has another beauty, and the stars have another. And each star is different in its beauty.
42 It is the same with the dead who are raised to life. The body that is “planted” will ruin and decay, but it is raised to a life that cannot be destroyed.43 When the body is “planted,” it is without honor, but it is raised in glory. When the body is “planted,” it is weak, but when it is raised, it is powerful.44 The body that is “planted” is a physical body. When it is raised, it is a spiritual body.

There is a physical body, and there is also a spiritual body.45 It is written in the Scriptures: “The first man, Adam, became a living person.”[a] But the last Adam became a spirit that gives life.46 The spiritual did not come first, but the physical and then the spiritual.47 The first man came from the dust of the earth. The second man came from heaven.48 People who belong to the earth are like the first man of earth. But those people who belong to heaven are like the man of heaven. 49 Just as we were made like the man of earth, so we will** also be made like the man of heaven.

50 I tell you this, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot have a part in the kingdom of God. Something that will ruin cannot have a part in something that never ruins.51 But look! I tell you this secret: We will not all sleep in death, but we will all be changed.52 It will take only a second—as quickly as an eye blinks—when the last trumpet sounds. The trumpet will sound, and those who have died will be raised to live forever, and we will all be changed.53 This body that can be destroyed must clothe itself with something that can never be destroyed. And this body that dies must clothe itself with something that can never die. 54 So this body that can be destroyed will clothe itself with that which can never be destroyed, and this body that dies will clothe itself with that which can never die. When this happens, this Scripture will be made true:
“Death is destroyed forever in victory.” — Isaiah 25:8
55 “Death, where is your victory?
Death, where is your pain?” — Hosea 13:14
56 Death’s power to hurt is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But we thank God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 So my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong. Do not let anything move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted.**

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