It has been some time since I have written something for this Saturday column; real life seems to have a way of getting in a blogger’s way!
Today, I thought I’d do something here that I haven’t even considered doing before, and that is posting the next portion of our 1 Corinthians adventure in this column. To say that it is timely, would be a bit of an understatement…
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 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. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.
1 Corinthians 15:44b-49
With this paragraph, Paul expands on his message to the Corinthians about our resurrection spiritual bodies. In doing so, he has moved beyond seeds and plants, and people and other creatures, for now he is explaining how we will be able to move entirely beyond the earthly into the heavenly, thanks to what Jesus has done on the cross. Oh yes dear reader, you’ve heard me correctly.
You will recall Paul’s discussion of the gospel earlier in this chapter, and how it centered around the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We as Christians often speak of grace and the forgiveness of sins, and often in doing so we can go on and on for quite some time. Yet in these few verses, Paul has taken us far beyond the building block of forgiveness and God’s grace, and into our ultimate futures which is glorious beyond measure, and reading this passage, we have a little introduction to something that glory has in store for us that isn’t often talked about.
There really isn’t much more for me to add to this, except to suggest that as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the grave, we might want to consider all that this greatest of all historical events means for everyone who follows Him.