1 Corinthians 15:35-49

Scripture

1 Corinthians 15:35-49

Observation

  • Paul poses two objections to the resurrection, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?”
  • Paul uses a farming example to answer
  • A grain of wheat has to die and be buried before it can grow
  • When God created all things he gave each a different kind of body
  • There are different kinds of bodies for people, animals, birds, and fish
  • There are even different kinds of bodies in the sky
  • The sun, moon, and stars are all different and they all have their own splendor
  • This example applies to our resurrection as well
  • Our bodies will die because they grow old, but we will renewed with bodies that will not grow old
  • Our bodies will die weak and disgraced, but the will be renewed with power and glory
  • Our bodies will die as natural, but they will be renewed as supernatural
  • Paul refers to Genesis 2:7 that Adam became a living soul, and the refers to Jesus as the one who becomes a living spirit
  • We must first live in the natural world (earth) before being reborn in the spiritual world (heaven)
  • We now bear the image of the earth where we live, but after our natural death we will bear the image of heaven where we will live

Application

Our present bodies have been wonderfully designed for life in this world, but only for a season as they are ultimately perish. Who we are now is a clue to what we will be then. Our resurrected bodies will be transformed versions of our present bodies. People will still have personalities and individualities, but these will be perfected through Christ's work. Our spiritual bodies will not be weak, will never get sick, and will never die. The very possibilities should inspire anticipation, excitement, and praise to the God. The Bible does not reveal everything that resurrected bodies will be able to do, every guess on our part must be tempered by the knowledge that God will do better than we can imagine!

Prayer

Father, thank you that there is so much more to my life than the now. May the promise of what is to come, motivate me now to lay my feeble life down for Your glory. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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