Whatever, therefore, has been taken from the body, either during or after death, shall be restored to it, and in conjunction with what has remained in the grave shall rise again, transformed from the oldness of the animal body to the newness of the spiritual body, clothed in incorruption and immortality. (City of God, Augustin ca. 412-426 AD)
Directly in line with all the Fathers, the great doctor of the church, Augustin, centers the cross hairs of the Christian hope on the resurrection rather than on dying and going to heaven. He reminds us that the totality of the Christian person at the time of our death, will be the point from which the Lord will add to our being, and recreate us as new spiritual beings. Here he paints a portrait of Christian persons as they will be found when they reach true maturity; in other words, when we finally grow up.