Truths of the Resurrection

In 1 Corinthians 15:35-58, Paul uses the parallels in nature to help the Corinthians grasp truths of the resurrection. He used the illustration of farming and how the farmer does not plant the living plant but the seed. Also with flesh in that people have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another (v. 39). Then he uses the sun, moon, and stars to explain the differences in splendor between heavenly bodies and earthly bodies.

Our present body and the one Christ gives us at the resurrection is related but not the same. Our present body is perishable but at resurrection will be made imperishable. The mystery of the resurrection is that the dead will be raised into the realm of immortality. At this point, death is defeated.

This attitude of death being swallowed up in victory gives us a new outlook right now and into the future. We can do the work of the Lord by applying faith, hope, and love. We can grasp the lessons of the life-giving spirit from others. We can be at peace in knowing that God gives us victory over death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

This day with You God, help us to grasp the truths of the resurrection. Help us to remain steadfast knowing that You are in control of our future and will give us the victory. As we face an evil enemy, we are assured of victory through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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