16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. (1 Cor. 15)
I was thinking about the idea that much of Scripture is to be taken spiritually. For example, the millenial kingdom is not physical, but spiritual. I wonder what the apostle Paul would say about that? He stressed to the Corinthians that Christ was risen. Do you think he meant "risen spiritually"? This is what liberal theologians teach about the resurrection. They don't believe that Jesus came out of the grave physically. They say He is "risen in our hearts."
19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said. (John 2)
Interesting here how Jesus spoke of His ressurection. Was it spiritual? They thought He was talking about the physical temple. He was talking about His physical body. Was He talking about His Spirit? Is He to be a spiritual King? Is that not literal, that He is King? He was talking about His body, His flesh. His body was going to be physically and literally raised and released from literal death. He is also the physical and literal King of the Jews and will reign as the literal and physical King of a physical and literal Kingdom. Because this kingdom is not of this world, it will be full of righteousness. It will be glorious and unlike any kingdom we have ever seen ... and no, we are not most pitiable.