Although the word ‘body’ in the Bible can denote a corpse (Mark 15: 43), it normally refers to the whole physical being of a human person active in the world (1 Cor. 6: 20), and the limbs, the mind, the spirit are various parts of the whole organism (Rom. 6: 12–13). Human bodies, as made by God, are ‘very good’ (Gen. 1: 31), and the resurrection of Jesus conveys the promise of a resurrection of those who belong to him. This belief is to be understood not as the reassembling of human bones and flesh out of the graves, as it has often been pictured in the past (1 Thess. 4: 13–17) and has been portrayed by artists, as by Stanley Spencer in his Resurrection, Cookham (1926), but as signifying that all that is good in human life will be taken up into eternal life, and the badness purged. It affirms a continuity of this historical bodily life in a fulfillment which is to come.