The continuation of “DEATH DESTROYED” of our Easter messages is what I want us to go back to. Easter Retreat started yesterday being Friday. The topic we will pick now is “SHARING THE VICTORY JESUS CHRIST GOT”. I will like you to continue in the post.
Our key vesrse remains the same
Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept (1 Corinthians 15:20).
Jesus Christ’s victory over death guarantees victory over death for believers.
1 Corinthians 35 – 49
CHRIST’S RESURRECTION ILLUSTRATED (VV. 35 – 41)
After establishing the truth of Christ’s resurrection, Paul refuted the question posed by those with a wrong view of the resurrection (vv 12 and 35),
The Corinthian church was full with false philosophies. These philosophies were from the Greece. Such beliefs includes that as the soul or mind was immortal and good, the body is evil and will eventually decay.
This teaching led to a belief that it did not matter what a person did with his or her body because it did not corrupt the mind or the soul. Therefore, the body was done away with, at death. They said, that only the soul continued to live after death. The philosophy made a negative impact on the Corinthian church as some of them did not believe in the physical resurrection because they believed the body is evil which should stop at death.
Paul challenged their thinking. Paul said to them, the resurrection of Jesus Christ was physical not spiritual, as some of them believed.
In vesrse 36, Paul bluntly referred to the denial of the Resurrection as foolishness. His words might remind us of the Old Testament definition of a fool: “One who does not regard God in his heart (Psa. 14:1)”.
Christians need to look around them for evidence that life comes out of death. A seed that is planted in the ground must first decay, or dies, but will eventually sprout up into a beautiful plant, more wonderful than the seed (v.37). So, will it be with the resurrection of the saints.
The resurrection of the Christians will include a God- given body (v.38) . Paul again illustrated through nature. In the physical world, God has given beings different bodies: people, beasts, fish and birds. Each is different from the other. Likewise, there are heavenly bodies and they too are different from each other (vv. 39 – 41).
Paul’s point is this: Our Almighty God can take physical matter and form it however He likes, according to whatever purpose He gives. It is foolish then to deny that God can raise the body from the dead.
What false belief regarding resurrection from the dead did the Christians hold and why?
Why is it critical for Christians to believe in a bodily resurrection?
How would not believing this affect the way we see Christ, His ministry, and His redemptive work on the cross?
RESURRECTION EXPLAINED (1 CORINTHIANS 15:42 – 49).
Beginning from verse 42, Paul explained the nature of the future resurrected body, which every believer will someday have. It is different from our present physical bodies. Paul gave a threefold explanation (42-44):
1). The mortal body will decay, and out from it will come the immortal body.
2). A dead body lacks honor and bears the consequences of sin (death), and even be regarded as unclean in the Old Testament.
3). But it will be raised as a glorified body. The physical body is weak, frail and dying, but the new body will live forever in the resurrection power. Finally, the physical body is natural, of the material of this world. But the glorified, risen body will be suitable for the world to come.
This great contrast of bodies are seen in Adam and Jesus Christ (vv. 45-49). They represent the two orders of things: physical and spiritual. Adam represents the earthly being, which is sin-striken and bound to this corrupt world.
Christ, the second Adam represents, the heavenly being, which is eternal and incorruptible. The first man was made of the dust of the ground. The second man, is of heaven. The natural body will return to the dust, but those who have been born again, even though their natural bodies will return to dust, will be raised to incorruption.
In eternity, all who have believed in Jesus Christ will be heavenly, celestial, and immortal. They will have incorruptible spiritual bodies in contrast to the natural body. Our spiritual state will be quite different from our physical earthly state. On Earth we have borne the corrupt state of the earthly man, Adam. In heaven, we will bear the state of the resurreted saviour Jesus Christ (see also 1 John 3:2).
According to the Bible, how would you describe what the Christian’s eternal state will be, in contrast to our present state of being?
How might our resurrected bodies be similar to our physical bodies, and how might they be different?
RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). As a result, we should be moved to honor God with our bodies. Even though we now live in corruptible bodies, it is still important that we use them in ways that bring glory to the Lord, rather than in ways that reflect the corrupted nature of this present world. We should live in anticipation of our future, resurrected state.
Thank you once again. We will finish it up tomorrow. When we will be talking about the TRIUMPHANT THROUGH CHRIST’S VICTORY.
You are a great motivator. Without you, I will not write the post. Thanks for your time. God bless you all in Jesus Christ’s name – Amen.