Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Sunday, 23 April 2017

1 Corinthians Day 105 - A New Body

15:35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.

39 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.

40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 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.

42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 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. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. 48 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. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly man. 

As only Paul can write, some of that seems quite confusing but when you boil it down it's really quite simple. Apparently there was significant doubting/questioning about the resurrection. In fact just the other day I found myself in a conversation with a couple of people about burial vs. cremation and one concern about cremation was that there would be no body to resurrect. Well first of all some have been buried for thousands of years and there is no trace of a body left. Secondly God is not going to recycle our old body. We are getting a new one. Furthermore there is significant evidence that the new one won't even be the same. Consider the clues we have from Jesus' post resurrection body. He was not physically recognizable. On a few occasions after His resurrection those who knew Him well could not recognize Him based on His physical appearance. Secondly he walked into a locked room without opening the door. Third, He ascended to heaven without a space suit. At the same time He was careful to point out that He had a body of flesh and bones. He ate food. He walked and talked. He was the same yet different.

Heaven will be a new dimension for us and we will have different bodies to meet the new dimension. However we will still be us. We will be recognized by our character, not the packaging which underscores the truth that really matters in all this.

In this world we put a lot of stock in, spend a lot of time and money on appearance. Yet appearance means little to nothing. My cousin told me about a guy who bought a beautiful classic Plymouth Barracuda in Plum Crazy Purple. Unfortunately he got into an accident but that wasn't the worst part. The worst part was the car was exposed for what it was - a rust bucket of laminated beer cans and Bondo. Someone had literally cut the tops and bottoms off beer cans and used the remaining "metal" to cover up rust holes and buried it all with Bondo. A nice sanded surface and pretty paint job and no one knew the difference until...

When I was in my early teens there was a popular song called "She ain't Pretty". The last lines of the song are as follows:

I fell in love with a model from hell

It took some time for my hormones to tell

That chasing her has been a grave mistake

She ain't pretty, she just looks that way

Her ego wrote checks incredibly fast

But her personality didn't have the cash

I laughed out loud to my total dismay

She ain't pretty, she just looks that way

She ain't pretty, she just looks that way

The truth is he never fell in love with her. He fell in lust with her appearance. I don't know what I will look like in the resurrection. It doesn't matter. I will still be me. So work on the parts you are keeping: Your mind, your thoughts and affections, your inner person. That's the part God is preserving and bringing Home. The body is just packaging. 

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