1 Corinthians 15:41-47

In 1 Corinthians 15:41-47 Paul continues talking about the resurrection. God has created many different things in the universe, each with it’s own characteristics and qualities. “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.” Each thing God creates is unique and special. But when it comes to human beings, God has given a path to transition from our earthly body to a new heavenly body. That’s what the resurrection is about for you and me. “So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.” Our new bodies will last for eternity and will have some amazingly great contrast to what we experience here on earth.

It’s hard to understand what our resurrection bodies will be like, so Paul uses contrast to help us, giving four contrasts between our present body and our future resurrection body. On all counts, the resurrection body wins!

  • Imperishable triumphs over perishable
  • Glory triumphs over dishonor
  • Power triumphs over weakness
  • Spiritual triumphs over natural

Spurgeon wrote “The righteous are put into their graves all weary and worn; but as such they will not rise. They go there with the furrowed brow, the hollowed cheek, the wrinkled skin; they shall wake up in beauty and glory.” God has an amazing plan for us.

Paul contrasts three more areas: “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.” Poole wrote “We shall rise in a full and perfect age, (as is generally thought) and without those defects and deformities which may here make our bodies appear unlovely.” We’ll go from very imperfect bodies to the perfect body that God has prepared for each of us individually. It’s going to be an amazing resurrection which not only means rising from the grave but receiving God’s new body for us as well.

The first perfect man, Adam, gave us one kind of body – our earthly body. The second perfect man, Jesus the last Adam, will give us another kind of body – our eternal heavenly body. He is a life-giving spirit. “Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” From the first Adam, we all are made of dust, but from the last Adam we will be made heavenly. “But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.” God has a perfect plan for us and our bodies, and we can look forward with assurance to that resurrection!

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