God’s Glory–New Bodies
Jesus, thank You that You have promised that when You appear, we will be like You. What a wonder!
Read 1 CORINTHIANS 15:35-58
 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”  How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.  When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.  But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.  Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.  There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.  The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.  So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;  it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;  it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.  So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.  The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.  The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven.  As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.  And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.  I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-  in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat will be true of our new bodies?
Throughout my mother’s life, people commented on her cheerful, welcoming face. At her funeral we were reminded that her face, in her new resurrection body, would be looking into the face of Christ.Over the ages, the question has been asked, “How are the dead raised? What will their body be like?” The Corinthians were asking this same question. Paul replies that a seed is planted and dies, giving way to something far more substantial. So the human body dies but gives way to a new, eternally resilient body (42-44), a body like the one that Christ now has, bearing the image of the heavenly man, and not like the first Adam’s body (45). Only a dramatic God-given act of transformation can bring a resurrection body into being–an act of inconceivable power that turns the unfathomable into reality. This is a work of the Spirit who “gives life to our mortal bodies” (Rom. 8:11). When Christ comes again, this will happen both for those who have already died and those still living. Hopelessness, uncertainty and fear will be cast into shadow by the confident glory Paul describes at the end of the chapter.
Stand firm with Paul, praying that you will experience Christ’s resurrection power, even today.
Thank You, Lord, that I am Your beloved. You are the one I love.
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