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Living Life

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  • February 2018
2018. 2. 9 | The Resurrected Body (1 Corinthians 15:35~49)         Speakers Jae Ryun Chung

35 But someone may 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 All flesh is not the same: Men 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"; 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 from heaven.
48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.

 

 

Reflection

The Nature of the Resurrected Body (15:35–41)

The Corinthian believers are curious about the nature of resurrection body. The concept of resurrection itself was difficult to comprehend because most people at that time believed in the immortality of the soul but not in a bodily resurrection. The body dies, decays, and disintegrates, so bodily resurrection seemed impossible. They could not imagine how a resurrected body might appear. Paul uses several analogies to explain that our resurrected bodies will be qualitatively different from our current bodies. Just as a seed dies in order to bring about a new plant, God in His wisdom and power will bring new life to all believers who die, and the resurrected bodies will be free from the limitations of our previous earthly bodies. 

 

What prevents you from believing in the resurrection of the body? Pray that God would help you understand the great miracle of the resurrected body.

 

The Splendor of the Resurrected Body (15:42–49)

The resurrected bodies we will one day attain will be real bodies, capable of eating and drinking, but they will reflect a different splendor from our earthly bodies. The natural body we currently know and experience was inherited from the first Adam, who was created from the dust of the earth. The resurrected spiritual body is inherited from the last Adam, who is Jesus Christ. The spiritual body is from heaven, and therefore free from weakness and mortality and unconstrained by the laws of earthly nature. Our resurrected bodies will be imperishable, no longer affected by death, but raised in power and glory as spiritual bodies bearing the image of Christ in heaven.

 

What limitations bother you most about your current earthly body? Despite these limitations, how can you glorify God with your body now as you wait for your imperishable resurrected body?

 

A letter to God 

Father, although my present body is weak and imperfect, I thank You that one day You will give me a powerful, glorious, spiritual body. Until then, I will continue to trust and serve You by the grace You give me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

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