In my last post, Why the Resurrection Matters, I told you the reason we are already talking about the Resurrection. My pastors are preaching on the subject and I'm sharing their wisdom with you.
*The following are my Bible study notes based on my pastor's sermon titled Resurrected Bodies.
In my post, Whey the Resurrection Matters, we were challenged to expect God to move in 2024. In this post, we are challenged more specifically to expect God to move in our own lives. God is working and moving right now. Let's pray for God to show us how He is working so we can join Him in His work now. Then, we the time has come, we will be raised again to new life when our work here on this earth is done.
But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?” You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 1 Corinthians 15:35-37 (NASB)
How Are Our Bodies Raised?
When we are raised to new life, we will have a transformed body. Think of an apple. An apple was once a seed. After a season of transformation, the seed grows and develops into an apple.
Our resurrected bodies will be unique.
But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. 1 Corinthians 15:38 (NASB)
Our first bodies, our earthly bodies are like the first Adam, the Adam we know from Genesis. Our resurrected bodies, our second bodies, will be like that of the Second Adam, raised as Jesus Christ was raised. Right now, we are perishable. We are all in different stages of the process of dying. But take heart! Our resurrected bodies will not wear down or experience the process of dying.
All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of mankind, another flesh of animals, another flesh of birds, and another of fish. There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body. 1 Corinthians 15:39-42 (NASB)
Our current earthly bodies sometimes bring about dishonor, sin, and shame. Our resurrected bodies will be raised in power, no longer weak or limited.
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 also it is written: “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” The last Adam was a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy one, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly one, so also are those who are heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly. 1 Corinthians 15:43-49
Let's look forward to the day when we are raised to new life and our desire to sin is taken away.
When Will Our Bodies Be Raised?
When will our bodies be raised? We will be raised when Jesus comes back.
Now I say this, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I am telling you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: “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, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:50-57
If Jesus returns for His people today, are you ready? If you aren't sure, go here to learn more about how you can know Jesus personally.
What am I going to do until Jesus comes back? I'm going to do what God has told us through Paul's letter to the Corinthians in verse 58.
Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be firm, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Until God calls me home through earthly death or until Jesus comes back at the sound of the trumpet, I will pray for God to make me firmly planted in my faith, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, knowing that my labor is not in vain.
Will you join me on this journey? Do you know Jesus today?
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