Ask yourself: What "is" the grave?
Ask yourself: What "is" the veil?
I saw this post yesterday and was inclined to join in the discusion and share some of my personal thoughts regarding this seemingly obscure passage of scripture.
In asking myself what the veil and what the grave was, I also asked what are the bodies of the saints and what does the appearring consist of.
When I searched the blue letter bible concordance, I found this could be represented in a different light other than the literal text.
The word used for 'bodies' is 'soma' and in the reference it suggests a fourth meaning that I found the most suitable. This meaning is
4) that which casts a shadow as distinguished from the shadow itself
I then moved to the next verse and searched out the word 'appearring' and found that the word 'emphanizo' is used to describe a manifestation and the 3rd suggestion was
3) to indicate, disclose, declare, make known
When looking at how these two words bodies and appearing are applied with these definitions given above, it seemed to make sense to me, that through the crucifixion and ressurection of Christ, the bodies of the OT saints were made known to those in Jerusalem.
It is my opinion at this time that, the 'bodies' of the old testament saints, who only revealed a shadow of God's glory in Christ, in the past, were never seen before the crucifxion and ressurection. I also tend to lean towards a non pluralized usage of 'soma' and consider that it was the body of the OT saints that appeared and was made known.
To sum it up in a nutshell, the body of the OT saints is the glory of God in Christ, however this body was never seen .nor had this body appeared to Israel prior to the death and ressurection of Christ, but only the shadow of the body was what was seen by Israel.
I also consider that 'coming out of the graves' is not to be taken literally in the passage, but it represents something that was hidden and has now come to life.
Just my thoughts on this, and I am certainly up for correction in regards to my opinion at this time.