1 Corinthians 15:35-58
Continuing in chapter 15 where Paul is discussing the resurrection, he talks about what our resurrection bodies will be like.
“You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chose, and to each kind of seed its own body.” (1 Corinthians 15:36-38)
What Paul is saying here, and believe me I had to study it to get it, is that just like a seed that is planted, it grows into a plant or a stalk so to speak, our bodies will be the from our earthly body but they will be different too.
“So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.” (1 Corinthians 15:42)
Our bodies now are decaying over time. Breaking down so to speak that is why as you get older you have more troubles with your body and you deal with more illnesses. We can work to keep our bodies healthy for longer but eventually our bodies will all wear out and will die but the bodies we return with will not break down, they will be imperishable bodies.
“The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:47-49)
Our bodies bear the image of Adam right now, as he was formed from the earth and to earth he returned. When we are resurrected our bodies will bear the image of Christ and will live forever.
“I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:50-52)
Even those Christians who are here when Jesus returns will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. Scholars believe because of Paul’s wording here that he thought this would happen during his lifetime. How many people through the ages have thought this would happen during their lifetime? We hear it now, all the time that with all that is going on in the world today that we are in the last days. And maybe we are, but the truth still remains that none of us know when that will happen. That is why we must align ourselves with the gospel and our salvation now.
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:56-58)
Through Christ we have the victory over death and the victory over sin, but we must be steadfast in our work for the Lord.
Oh Lord, help me to be steadfast in you. Show me your will and your way for my life.
Please pray for the medical professionals today.