Monday, July 7, 2014

Our Resurrected Body - Not Dishonorable, but Glory

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."

It is the task of every believer to be prepared for the Return of Christ. 

Jesus IS coming again. It may be soon, it may be years down the road. Since no one knows the exact time that Jesus will come again - it is vital that as a believer we live our lives in anticipation and readiness. I thought about the Minute Men in our history. These were farmers and other men who went about their daily tasks but were ready at a moments notice to grab their weapons and fight the battle for freedom. As believers, we need to go about our daily tasks, but be ready to answer the call of God and not be ashamed before Him.

Yesterday, we said that the believer's body will be incorruptible. Today, muse over the fact that Paul says we will be "sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory." The Greek word for honor, time, means to value something, to honor, to esteem it. Here Paul adds the negative to it, and says that in our earthly bodies, they are without value or esteem. I always laughed at the writings about what our bodies are worth chemically - usually every account I have seem to be around $5.00. And that is if all the parts are there. Not worth much are we? Yet we are of so much value to God, that He would send His own precious Son to die for us, pay our price, redeem us back.

And, when He has redeemed us, we gain infinite worth. We now have doxa - glory! The word means to have value because of a good opinion. It is what we ascribe to God. Because we have exchanged our lives for His life, our sinfulness for His righteousness, our penalty for His provision - we share in that which belongs to God - glory.

Muse over the great news that when we receive Christ, our decaying bodies will be with out decay, our lack of esteem is exchanged for His glory! Now, go shine for Jesus - and tell someone else what they can have.

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