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Read 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 & 42-50

Wednesday

Read 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 & 42-50

35 Someone will ask, “How can the dead be raised to life? What kind of body will they have?” 36 You fool! When you plant a seed in the ground, it does not sprout to life unless it dies. 37 And what you plant is a bare seed, perhaps a grain of wheat or some other grain, not the full-bodied plant that will later grow up. 38 God provides that seed with the body he wishes; he gives each seed its own proper body.

42 This is how it will be when the dead are raised to life. When the body is buried, it is mortal; when raised, it will be immortal. 43 When buried, it is ugly and weak; when raised, it will be beautiful and strong. 44 When buried, it is a physical body; when raised, it will be a spiritual body. There is, of course, a physical body, so there has to be a spiritual body. 45 For the scripture says, “The first man, Adam, was created a living being”; but the last Adam is the life-giving Spirit. 46 It is not the spiritual that comes first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47 The first Adam, made of earth, came from the earth; the second Adam came from heaven. 48 Those who belong to the earth are like the one who was made of earth; those who are of heaven are like the one who came from heaven. 49 Just as we wear the likeness of the man made of earth, so we will wear[a] the likeness of the Man from heaven.

50 What I mean, friends, is that what is made of flesh and blood cannot share in God's Kingdom, and what is mortal cannot possess immortality.

Footnotes:

1 Corinthians 15:49 we will wear; some manuscripts have let us wear.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

As Paul speaks about life everlasting he also teaches about life now - we can have everlasting life now; we just need to focus on our heavenly identity; to draw our strength from Christ and his example.

Pray

Lord I am made of flesh and blood - help me to receive your breath of heavenly life.


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