Thursday, July 3, 2014

Our Resurrected Body - Not Corruptible, But Incorruptible

1 Corinthians 15:42-43 - "So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power."

Paul in the 15th chapter of his letter to the Corinthian Church speaks about the Gospel and the Resurrection of believers. The Bible teaches in a number of places that those who have accepted Jesus Christ will be a part of His return. There will come a day and a time that all who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus will exchange this frail earthly body for one that is just like His - an eternal body in which we will spend Eternity with God.

We just finished a series of musings over abiding in Christ. We covered many important thoughts about our abiding in Him. The purpose for our abiding in Christ is so that we may have confidence and not be ashamed at His Return. Consider what the Apostle John wrote in 1 John 2:28 - "And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming." We are guaranteed that Jesus is coming again - consider Matthew 16:27 where Jesus says, "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works." And what the Angel said in Acts 1:11 - "This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

The task of a Believer is to be prepared for the Return of Jesus at any moment.

When Jesus calls us to Him, we see three things that will happen to these frail bodies. First, today muse over that, "The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption." Paul reminds us that when a person dies, the body deteriorates in the ground. The Greek word phthora means to being brought into an inferior or worse condition, to be destroyed or corrupted. When we die, our bodies decompose, we go back to the earth from which they are made from. But, for a believer, their true bodies are raised in corruptible. They are beyond decay, they cannot ever decay, they are beyond destruction, they cannot be destroyed. We are corruptible here, but incorruptible there. We are slowly decaying now, but will never decay there. we are facing our mortality now, but we will gain immortality there.

Consider and muse over the blessing that one has by accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. What we will gain when He comes again for us. 

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