ITS PROMISE               
                                                                   "OUR RESURRECTION" 

First Corinthians 15:35-58, sets out five great truths in the promise of our resurrection. FIRST, the identity of the resurrected body; SECOND, the immortality of the resurrected body; THIRD, the image of the resurrected body; FOURTH, the imminence of the resurrection; FIFTH, the inspiration of the resurrection truth.

                               THE IDENTITY OF THE RESURRECTED BODY  

    "But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?" 

      Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 

     And what you sow, you do not sow tha t body that shall be, but mere grain – perhaps wheat or some other grain. 

     But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. 

     All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. 

    There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies, but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 

    There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory." I Cor. 15:35-38  (NKJV)    

The question is often asked, "Will we know each other in heaven?" These verses answer that question by setting out the identity of the resurrection body. Here are given three statements to prove that the new body will retain the identity of the one buried. 

THE FIRST ONE is based on a field of grain. A grain of wheat is planted. It perishes and dies, as it decays and dissolves, but out of its decay and death there is produced another grain of identical color, size and characteristics that were the original grain. If they were placed side by side, you could not tell them apart. All the ORIGINAL beauty and identity of the original grain is preserved beyond death in the new grain. So will our individual identities be preserved beyond death in our NEW, resurrected bodies.

THE SECOND statement is based on the cellular construction of the flesh. The flesh of men, of beasts, of fishes and of birds, though all flesh is readily recognizable because of their distinctive construction and just so will our new bodies beyond the grave have their own peculiar identities of the flesh preserved.

THE THIRD statement for identity in the resurrection is based upon the fact that of the billions of heavenly bodies, no two of them are alike. One star differs from another; and of the billions of resurrected saints, each will differ from the other and therein shall we be able to recognize each other as an individual personality. 


 ". . The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 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. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." I Corinthians 15: 42b-44 (NKJV)

Our present earthly bodies are subject to disease, decay, dishonor and death. They are subject to physical infirmities and pains. Our muscles and joints ache. Our sight grows dim, our hearing becomes dull, and our shoulders stoop with the weight of passing years. We see the doctor to cut and sew and patch our bodies, only to find that we steadily deteriorate. We are gripped by death which was passed onto all of us with the sin of Adam and Eve in Eden's Garden, to the good and the bad, the moral and the immoral, the infant and the aged, the intellectual and the imbecile, the saint and the sinner, the believer and the infidel - to all the same.

It is the curse of sin. When we believe, accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior for salvation our personal sins are forgiven, but the curse of the Adamic sin is not removed. We must bear this burden either to the grave, or until the return of the Lord for His saints. Then in the morning of the resurrection, or at His appearance, this burden of the centuries will be laid aside, and we shall come in possession of a body that will know no pain, no decay, no disease, no death, no sorrow, no aching joints, no weakness, no tears or griefs. We shall move into a spiritual body of power, glory and incorruptibility. 

                                        THE IMAGE OF THE RESURRECTED BODY  

"As was the man of dust; so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man." I Corinthians 15:48,49 (NKJV)

Do you want to know what we will be like in our resurrected bodies? Then look at the resurrected body of Jesus. It was the same body that was placed by loving hands in the tomb. He had the same feet and hands with nail prints in them. He talked in the same language as before. He was not an immaterial, invisible and unreal body. He urged His disciples to take hold of Him, to look upon the nail prints and to assure themselves that He was not a ghost or spirit. He walked along the road. He ate fish and honeycomb. He was just as real as before His death.

So shall it be with our resurrected and glorified bodies. ". . we shall not ALL SLEEP, but ALL shall be changed . ." I Cor. 15:51b (NKJV). Paul wrote in Philippians 3:20,21b, "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body . ." (NKJV). John in like manner wrote, ". . but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." I John 3:2b (NKJV)

This gives reality to the promise of our resurrection. It will not be a ghostly affair where each shall be lost in the midst of multitudes, but we shall be real, loving, talking and living. We shall be like Jesus, who after His resurrection, talked of things before His death and ate in sweet fellowship with His disciples, so shall we bear His image and eat and talk and have fellowship with the saints who have gone on before. ". . They shall come from the east and the west, from the north and the south and sit down in the kingdom of God with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob . .s" Luke 13:28,29 and Matthew 8:11 (NKJV). 

                                          THE IMMINENCE OF THE RESURRECTION                

     ". . . we shall not all sleep, but we shall 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 incorruptible, and we shall be changed." I Corinthians 15:51b, 52 (NKJV).

The generation that will be alive at Christ's return will not die in the same manner as those who lived, died and were buried prior to His return. The dead will be raised, then WE ALL will be changed in the "TWINKLING OF AN EYE". This transformation prepares both the dead and the living for meeting Jesus in the air. Because the Christians in Thessalonica were concerned that they would precede the dead, Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians deals this a bit more thoroughly in First Thessalonians 4:13-18. In I Corinthians Paul is simply assuring them of the final victory of the Christians, whether living or dead at Christ's shout. With the Thessalonians, because of their concerns, Paul mentions both living and dead, assuring them that the dead Christians would not be left behind. This transformation prepares both dead and living believers for the "catching up" in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. No one knows the day or hour the Christ will appear. Hence His warning, "Watch and be ready." His appearance is imminent and could occur at any moment. Therefore the resurrection of the dead and transformation of the living could occur at any time.

For the Christian it is victory for both the living and the dead. "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, 'Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?'"  

                                          THE INSPIRATION OF THE RESURRECTION 

"Therefore, my brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."  First Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)

Thank God there is a resurrection of the dead and a transformation of the living! Christ is risen! Our faith is founded on that fact! Forgiveness is a reality! We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God! This is a fundamental and inspiring doctrine of the Christian faith. Since Christ lives to give victory and reward to our feeble labors; since Christ and all the saints will greet us in the air; since we will know each other and we all will have a body free of the frailties of this life, fashioned after the body of Christ, let us then be steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord. It is not a vain labor! It is not a vain hope! Our reward is certain!

Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.  



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