Paul’s Footsteps #148

Footsteps #148

In 1Cor.15 Paul constantly works from Christ’s resurrection to ours. Vs32-32 mentions how that should affect the way we live. In vs35-41 Paul uses a number of illustrations to describe the difference between our present earthly bodies and our glorified ones. He continues this discussion in vs42-50 drawing contrasts between what we have now and what we will have in the resurrection. He is clear that in the age to come we will exist in bodily form, not as disembodied spirits! However, this bodily existence will not suffer the limitations and pain of our current lives. What God has in store is dramatically different. The contrasts of dissimilarity between the current life and body and the resurrection life and body are: perishable vs imperishable, dishonour vs glory, weakness vs power, natural vs spiritual, and the first Adam vs the last Adam. The first Adam took the whole human race to doom and destruction, the second to redemption and restoration. 

The climax comes in vs51-57. Paul wants to inform his readers of the timing of the change from the perishable human body of the present, to the imperishable body of the resurrection. The climactic change in the Christian’s wardrobe, from “wearing” a perishable, mortal body to “wearing” an imperishable, immortal body occurs “at the last trumpet” (vs52-53; see also 1Thess.4:13-18). It is at the Second Coming of Christ that the believer receives a resurrection body. 

Can you imagine the shout of victory that shall ring from every nation, kindred, language and people as from the prison-house of death they come, clothed with immortal glory, crying, “O death, where is your sting? O grave where is your victory?” (v55) From the reeling earth, the flash of lightning, and the roar of thunder, the voice of the Son of God has called forth those that were sleeping. He looks upon the graves of those sleeping in Jesus and cries “awake, you who sleep in the dust, and arise! Through the length and breadth of the earth, the dead shall hear that voice, and they that hear shall live.  

Read again v58 – you are resurrection bound, and this should affect how you live. 

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