In today’s reading, Paul tells of the resurrection body of the saints, how the dead will be raised unto glory. It is liken to how a seed sown must die to live, the different forms of body God gives to things, animals and human, some celestial and others terrestrial and they all differ in glory. Our bodies dies in a natural form only to be raised in a more glorious form, resurrect from the natural to the spiritual. The first Adam was a living soul, the second came as a quickening spirit! So shall it be for all saints when the trumpet sounds, we will be resurrected in a changed form, from corruption to incorruptible form fit to inherit the Kingdom of God. By this, scripture is fulfilled that death has been swallowed in victory. The sting of death which is sin and the strength of sin being the law have been destroyed. Thanks to God through Christ Jesus who has given us victory! We therefore ought to remain steadfast, unmovable, abiding and increase in the work of our Lord. Our labor will not be vain.
As saints in Christ, we ought to be wise about our status as the redeemed of the Lord. We need to live with the consciousness of being dead to the world but alive in spirit; you are a heavenly being in an earthly body, on a victorious assignment which is to increase the work of our Lord on the earth! Impacting lives and bringing many to the knowledge of this truth. Our earthly body will be changed to a celestial body being our original status as saints. You must stay focus, tenacious and labour in the word to remain steadfast in faith knowing you are alive unto God and dead to sin, even the flesh!
I am a heavenly being. Death has no victory over me; God through Christ Jesus has given me victory! I am unmovable always abounding in the work of my Lord! Amen.
Reading – 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
The Resurrection Body
35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish!What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 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. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[a]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 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. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[b] bear the image of the heavenly man.
50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the deadwill be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 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.”[c]
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”[d]
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 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.
- 1 Corinthians 15:45 Gen. 2:7
- 1 Corinthians 15:49 Some early manuscripts so let us
- 1 Corinthians 15:54 Isaiah 25:8
- 1 Corinthians 15:55 Hosea 13:14