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Greetings Brother and Sister in Christ,

As blood and flesh can't inherit the King of God, how Lord Jesus could be resurrected with same blood and flesh , I mean He showed his hands and feet to disciple Luke 24:39. Or Is that meaning He was in flesh and blood only 40 days earthly living after his resurrection?

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. Matthew 16:17

What is the truth the perishable inherit the imperishable? or we will be resurrect with same body and flesh?

Thanks in advanced.

Edited : Please refer the below verses.

Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” Luke 24:39

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.1 Corinthians 15:50

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. Matthew 16:17

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If you're of a mind to be charitable to Paul you can assume he simply meant that the flesh and blood must be improved via the resurrection first. –  david brainerd Mar 25 at 6:11
I think you need to start by asking "What does it mean that blood and flesh cannot inherit the Kingdom of God". –  Flimzy Mar 25 at 6:11
@Loay Matthew 16:17 has nothing to do with the issue you raise. –  Steve Mar 26 at 0:25
@steve Neither human mind nor earthly knowledge can understand the will of Father and things in heaven; this is why Lord said to Peter like that, kindly note: –  Loay Mar 26 at 16:55
@Loay Jesus was referring to the specific knowledge uttered in response by Peter, not all knowledge. –  Steve Mar 26 at 17:38

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V.Rollins is right. Read the verse in it's entirety it is talking about corruption vs. incorruption:

" 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."

Symbolism changes throughout the bible from one verse to another. In one instance "blood" is referring to mortality, which can die and wither (ie - corrupt). In another it may refer to life, as in the case of of Christ's blood, which He gave for us. You must read the scriptures in context of what it is speaking about. In 1 Corinthians the topic is mostly about spiritual vs. things of the world. Remember these are letters from Paul addressing specific needs of people in different areas. The Christians in Corinth needed to be made wary of worldliness and that it has no place in the kingdom of God.

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The saints will resurrect with a body like unto his glorious body.

Philippians 3;20-21 For our conservation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the LORD Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto hemself.

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Man in his present state is mortal, and corruptable and cannot enter the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 15;53 For this corruptable must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Philippians 3;21
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.

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Jesus was resurrected as a human to prove that he was resurrected.

When he said "see my hands and feet" he was still in his human body that was nailed to the torture stake, but was now brought back to life.

He didn't ascend to heaven (Gods Kingdom) until later, when he returned to his spirit form.

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I shall tackle this question with a systematic approach. All verses used are in KJV.

Before that, though, let’s talk about Luke 24:39,

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

In this verse, Jesus is resurrected in flesh and blood like an actual human being. He is telling His disciples that He is neither a ghost nor some demon spirit conjured by Satan to fool them, but He is Himself, literally, in the flesh. Flesh and blood in this scenario does not refer to sins of the flesh or worldly desires, it must be taken in the literal context.

Below will be the systematic approach on understanding who are those “flesh and blood” that cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Firstly, we ask ourselves,

Who can inherit the kingdom of heaven?

Definitely not Jesus! He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, how can a king inherit something that is of his possession? Much less the Lord Himself? Jesus did not come to earth as the Son of God to inherit the kingdom of heaven as the Son of man, He came down to proclaim the Word of God so that we, may.

Matthew 4: 17

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mark 1: 14-15

14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

What does the Bible say about those who can enter the kingdom of heaven?

Anyone who receives Christ can enter the kingdom of heaven.

1 John 5:11-12

11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

John 3: 16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Okay, that sounds easy enough. So, what is the Bible’s definition of belief/faith?

An action faith manifested through good works!

James 2:14-26

18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Believe, in the biblical context, is not just the mental capacity of admitting the existence of someone or events, it is your actions that defend (justify) your faith. For if one believes in Christ, one would follow Him and His righteous way. Just like in school, if you believe the mathematical formula is the right one, you would use it and not use another! How can you say you believe it is the right one yet refuse to use it? It would show that you didn't believe in the first place or didn't believe enough.

A Summary

Accept Jesus Christ as Son of God and Saviour, repent of your sins and be righteous in all your ways and works. Through you shall God's glory be revealed to those who have not yet receive Christ because people can see your works and may make the decision to come to Christ! The second commandment is to love your neighbours as yourself. If you love your neighbours, you would want them to be saved through Jesus Christ as well.

When a christian is righteous, they will also keep God’s commandments.

Since the righteous can enter the kingdom of heaven, it means the unrighteous can’t. What does the Bible say about unrighteous people?

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Revelation 21:8

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Basically, all the bad people who refuse to repent of their sins and continue sinning, cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.

How do you connect the unrighteous people to the "flesh and blood" that cannot enter the kingdom of heaven?

Here is where we come to the phrase "sins of the flesh" and "worldly desires". Evident in various verses!

1 John 2:15-17

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Love of the world = Worldly desires = Anything that is not the Will of God for the believer.

Lust of the flesh = Sexual immorality = sin, sin, sin!

Galatians 5:19-21

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

HOLD UP. Does this not sound just like the sins of the unrighteous people from other verses?

Yes! The flesh manifests many sins! Lust, envy, pride, wealth, the list goes on! Hence, the flesh and blood that cannot enter the kingdom of heaven does not actually mean that as long as we are in our flesh, we cannot enter even though we've accepted Christ. Flesh and blood that cannot enter the kingdom of heaven is the sins of the flesh and the worldly desires that is not of the Will of God. So, don't worry! Just 'cause we are human, we can still inherit the kingdom of God!

Besides, have you heard of the phrase, the Spirit wars against the flesh?

It is derived from Galatians 5:17

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

What are the things that you would do? But cannot because the Holy Spirit is strong in you? For example, before you were christian, maybe you would throw a profanity here and there when you were extremely angry. However, after you became a christian and began to follow Christ, you toned down or completely did away with the swearing. This is part of the good works - when people see the change in you, they see the glory of God in you because you can now glorify His Name by saying, "I believe in God and Jesus, the Lord has changed me and I am starting to control myself now." This is known also as the works of faith and called the testimony of the Word of God. Are these words familiar to you? They should!

How can one say he believes in Jesus yet swears up and down whenever he wants? This is because the flesh is strong! When the flesh is strong, it manifest many nasty things. Swearing is one of them, or someone who is quick to anger, or rapist, adultery, many many sins, I dare say ALL SINS, come from the flesh. And these fleshly sins will deny the "believer" the kingdom of heaven.

I end this long wall of text with relevant verses from Proverbs 15, anything in brackets are my own interpretation.

1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

8 The sacrifice of the wicked (even when he accepts Christ) is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he (The Lord) loveth him that followeth after righteousness (The Way).

10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. (Hate God's discipline or commandments)

16 Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure (wealth, desires) and trouble therewith.

17 Better is a dinner of herbs (simple needs) where love is, than a stalled ox (feasting) and hatred therewith.

18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain. (in the sight of the Lord, God recognises good works done in faith)

20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. (If you really believe, you would follow God's ways)

24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell (don't sin) beneath.

25 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud (no kingdom of heaven for pride, one of the seven deadly sins!): but he will establish the border of the widow.

26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

29 The Lord is far from the wicked (no kingdom of heaven for them either): but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. (humble yourselves and repent)

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Jesus blood was shed for the remission of sin, Jesus blood was emptied out of Him and was not put back in. Also Jesus had not yet returned to our Father when he showed the disciples His hands and feet....

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Can you provide some evidence for the claim that Jesus' resurrected body had no blood? –  curiousdannii May 27 at 22:16
This answer would be a lot better if you could add references showing that this is a common understanding, and who teaches/believes it. On this site, we're not looking for personal interpretation, but rather focusing on what various Christian groups teach. See How we are different than other sites? and What makes a good supported answer? –  David Stratton May 28 at 2:10

Blood is the key, flesh with blood will not enter the Kingdom of God, wherein flesh and bones will enter the Kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 1:50 flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God

Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

Old Testament Commands regarding blood:

Genesis 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

Leviticus 17:11-14 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

So the life of the believer is in the blood of Christ not in our mortal blood.

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Sorry, but your argument is weak. –  Steve Mar 26 at 0:24
@Steve, My point is that the combination of flesh and (mortal) blood will not enter the Kingdom of God, but that does not hold that flesh and bone will not enter the Kingdom of God. –  Rick Mar 26 at 13:07
But you may be right, perhaps it is weak! –  Rick Mar 26 at 13:15

I warn you this is an advanced answer, so I suggest taking your time in your development before discounting this answer. Unfortunately I cannot directly answer this without some foundational concepts to build from, which will be difficult to receive as it is written:

And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, but as it is written: “To whom He was not announced, they shall see; And those who have not heard shall understand.” (Romans 15:20-21 NKJV)

So in effort not to pierce your understanding I must go slow as to not destroy what you have already obtained. Then to begin:

The understanding of what the spirit is has been lost over the times, for once believed as a ghost and separate in being to that of ourselves. Therefore a home was given to the ghost as a temple. Yet even in those days it stood as symbolism, for the very fabric of the universe is the testimony of the power of the word, which in turn is of vibrations of consistency, that and also of sight and of sound. For all matter in structure is held together by its vibrations and how those vibrations release and attract other vibrations. Also that of what we hear is of vibrations, and what we see is of vibrations of light, therefore stated again, all that is around us is of the power of the Word of God.

Therefore there is the natural desire to worship that which is created for the word itself is that OF God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1-3 NKJV)

Therefore why is God Jealous and Angry at our ancestors for worship that fabric that is OF himself and also that which he sees of as good?

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31 NKJV)

Because by nature when we say that one part is better then another part. The value of the other part becomes of less. God is not a God of good parts and bad parts. He is a God that is ALL good. Therefore through all praising of the parts, in opposition and in calculation is the devaluation of the other parts. Strictly because of this when at peace with the world the law was this:

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. (Genesis 2:17 NKJV)

Because what does this mean? If something is good, then something must be evil! This is the root of Idolatry. Then to truly understand the Holy Spirit we look to see how the teachings in conjunction with the Holy Spirit repairs this error. But first to prove that repairing this error is the resulting expectation.

And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:26 NKJV)

Behold! I tell 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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:51-58 NKJV)

Logically, since though the knowledge of Good and Evil idolatry occurs, giving cause to the death, the removal of that idolatry would then cause life. Therefore to prove this logic as the logic used by Jesus in his teachings, all we need to do is prove that the teachings reflect this logic so we use two witnesses.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17 NKJV)

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6 NKJV)

For by these two accounts we can conclude that to be carnally minded is to love the world and anything in it. Again bring us back to the original problem of idolatry.

So from this perspective we can see how the flesh gives cause to idolatry. As also it has been explained:

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5 NKJV)

So one way to describe the Holy Spirit would be to say that it is the Absence of Idolatry. We can also describe the Holy Spirit as the removal of the desire for what is good, and the forgiveness of that which is evil. For in this specific vantage point of the world, perceiving it this way. The result of the knowledge of good and evil no longer has power over you. For we can KNOW that it is Good and that it is Evil, yet its power we no longer become slaves to THAT understanding. This is explained by the Jesus like this:

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. (Matthew 7:13 NKJV)

That narrow gate is that fragile balance between our understanding of Good and Evil, where the power of that Knowledge no longer has power over us. How do we receive this power? We receive it by faith is the short answer, but this is a profound mystery that really needs some defining.

The result of the attempt by ourselves

Let us look to the Laws that we were given, as the first move to recover the world, from this knowledge of good and evil. To return to the state that Adam was originally in, the state of Completely Trusting God. We where given the opportunity to make the attempt to recover by our own efforts. This of course failed, and because God wanted to make sure that we would really get the point that by ourselves it would be impossible to make the recovery possible. He allowed us to fail over and over again, each time as a loving Father showing us the fault in our attempt and urging us to continue on so that in the end of this display. It would be Absolutely Obvious and with No Shadow of Doubt that the Value that we obtain by using the knowledge of Good and Evil was not a value that created a profit. And not only that its value was a thing to be devalued, and that it's importance was to be obsolete, and that again it should be a thing not to be touched. So that in the restoration of all things, when again faced with the temptation to eat of the fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We could be free from that temptation for the rest of eternity.

The result of God doing the work

How then does "trust" return us to the state of an absence of knowledge of Good and Evil? We know that the law is perfect, and in our giving the result of the law back to the Father to act upon justly, the law becomes completed perfectly.

Yet in regards to the self, to hold our-self higher then outside our-self, is in itself it's own usage of the Knowledge of Good and Evil the act of idolatry. Which as described directs us toward death. Therefore trusting God to take care of us can set us free, and not only that. It is trusting that God will Fulfill the Law For Us. For the fulfillment of the law must happen. Therefore the result is the refusing to complete the law by our own accord. This is why it was taught:

To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. (Luke 6:29 NKJV)

He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13:10 NKJV)

Why then is it important to receive the Spirit?

Without the spirit one stand in Idolatry.

How can we tell that we have the Spirit?

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

We can see from this list the Idolatry of Selfishness, the Desire for fleshly "Considered Good" parts of God like "Alcohol", witchcraft("Drug Usage"), sexual fulfillment. And also we can see the result of this Idolatry: hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions. These occur because we judge that "the self" does not receive "the good" that it deserves.

Therefore Two changes need to occur. The circumcision of our fleshly desires by considering others greater and our-self less worthy. And the trusting in God to fulfill the Law by giving us the correct amount due, even if in the present moment the correct amount does not seem given.

This faith can be measured through the scale of the Stages of Grief. The lack of Faith (Denial) leads to anger and depression, and though forgiveness offered by the death of Jesus, acceptance returns us to the correct state of trust. The sign that is given to show the weakness of your faith is with the sound of the sigh.

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26 NKJV)

The Flesh Man and the Spiritual Man

Now when we look close to the comparison here we are seeing a series of comparisons between the Flesh Man and the Spiritual Man

However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. (1 Corinthians 15:46-49)

Continuing on with this type of comparisons he shows first the Flesh Man

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. (1 Corinthians 15:50)

Following through later closing his comparison with the Spiritual Man

So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:54)

Sometimes in making an explanation we steer to complete a minor point before coming to the fullness of the understanding of the meaning of a presentation, and what has happened in this case of 1 Corinthians 15.

After immortality is put on

We see in the Luke account of Luke 24:39 that Jesus had flesh. And we can know that his presentation of himself was to add belief to his followers for as a reminder this event still occurred.

And He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. (Matthew 17:2 NKJV)

So then the final nature of our flesh after the immortality is put on is of a mystery to me. But the purpose of showing his hands and feet was to make the disciples aware of who he was. God can look as he likes, and can make us look as he wants us to that is for sure. I hope this helps. Sorry it is so long.

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