Metaphysical meaning of resurrection (mbd)
Meta. The raising of man's mind and body from sense to spiritual consciousness. This is accomplished by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit. "If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you" (Rom. 8:11).
Jesus was raised from the dead. He overcame death in the body. "By man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead." Physical death is not necessary. "We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed" (I Cor. 15:21, 51).
The resurrection is not for the soul alone. "Who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory" (Phil. 3:21). Now is the time of the resurrection. "The hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God" (John 5:25).
The power of the resurrection is the Christ. "I am the resurrection, and the life" (John 11:25). This resurrection is not of the future, "but hath now been manifested by . . . our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light" (II Tim. 1:10).
The resurrection is the lifting up of the whole man into the Christ consciousness. The whole man is spirit, soul, and body. The resurrection lifts up all the faculties of mind until they conform to the absolute ideas of Divine Mind, and this renewal of the mind makes a complete transformation of the body so that every function works in divine order and every cell becomes incorruptible and immortal. The resurrection is an organic change that takes place daily in all who are conforming their lives to the regenerating Truth of Jesus Christ. The resurrection takes place here and now in all who conform their lives to the spiritual law under which it works.
Death does not change man and bring him into the resurrection and eternal life. Death has no place in the Absolute. It is the result of sin, and has no uplifting power. Every one who has reaped sin's wages must be restored to his place in the race, that he may have a body through which to work out his salvation under divine law.
Old limited personal relationships do not continue in the resurrection. Those who are being raised into the Christ consciousness will gradually, as their growth in understanding makes it possible, let go all that is personal and selfish in their relationships and come into the larger love, the love universal, where all who do the will of God are fathers and mothers and brothers and sisters. The divine law is fulfilled by the love universal.