Resurrection of the Body
1 Corinthians 15:35 | Many of us grew up thinking that the Bible teaches that when you die you go to heaven and that’s the end of the story. Not true! The Bible teaches that those who die are “asleep”, waiting in Paradise with Jesus until the last day when He will return. On that day, all the dead will rise again! Those in Christ will live with Him (and all those who are in Christ!) forever in a physical world, made new, without the curse or sin or any darkness—in other words: also spiritual! No tears, no sickness, no death. Forever.
Read the story: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Matthew 24:4-14, John 11:21-26; 14:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Peter 4:7-11, 2 Peter 3:8-18, Revelation 20:11-22:21
1 Corinthians 15:42-44 | After spending time on the resurrection of Jesus, now we turn to YOUR resurrection! How will you be raised? Remember: Natural = perishable & Spiritual = imperishable. Don’t fall prey to a false dichotomy of physical (seen) vs. spiritual (unseen), but instead see that Spiritual is what completes the physical!
Example: John 20:24-31, where they could both SEE and TOUCH the RISEN, SPIRITUAL BODY OF JESUS!
1 Corinthians 15:45-48 | We inherit our broken nature from Adam. This is the “law of sin and death”. We inherit redemption and restoration through the resurrection of Jesus. This is the “law of the Spirit of life”!
See the details in Romans 8:1-17!
1 Corinthians 15:49 | Write these words on your heart: JUST AS // SO SHALL! Just as we inherited Adam’s failure SO SHALL we inherit the success of Jesus! It is his free gift to you! All because He longs to restore His broken family to an eternal life where the physical and spiritual are brought back together in completeness, all because of His undeserved loving kindness. The proof of all of this is when Jesus went to the cross to make sure you would never be punished for your failures, and then rose again to guarantee your resurrection so that all of us would be free to live with Him—one unified family—forever.