The Power of His Resurrection - Transforming from Earthly to Spiritual Bodies
- Adam Cole // March 10, 2009
45So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. —1 Corinthians 15:45
In Paul’s dissertation on resurrection to the Corinthian church, he makes an important comparison, especially for the believers in Corinth , who was still trying to grasp the basic concepts of Christianity: he compares the natural body to the spiritual body. He makes clear that the body of Adam and all those that descended after him, essentially of man before Christ, were of dust (see Genesis 2:7), they were natural bodies, originally good because God made everything good, but became sinful, distorted, ugly, and tainted, primarily because Adam allowed sin to enter into his soul and subsequently into every man thereafter. Though he was made in the image of God, he brought a curse upon himself, which sort of tarnished the essence of who he was and ultimately who he was before God. Therefore, the ‘bodies’ we take on through Jesus Christ, allows us to move back toward (through the continual process of ‘working out our salvation’) to the heavenly essence that God had destined for us. Verse 49 says this: 49And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we[f] bear the likeness of the man from heaven. And thus Jesus Christ came as not only a sacrifice, not only a way for us to be reconciled to the Lord through His blood, but so that He could rise, and we could rise with Him. For us here on this earth, that implies that we enter into a sanctification process, a transforming and renewing process, one where we continue to let the Holy Spirit work in our hearts.
Paul expounds on the meaning of resurrection—this renewing process—with these verses in that same chapter (42-44): So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
So let us then meditate on the power of the resurrection and the renewing/transforming that comes with it, dying to our fleshly selves, our fleshly desires, and allowing Christ’s resurrection mold us into spiritual, imperishable, heavenly bodies.
Praise: For the glory of the resurrection and how it grants us spiritual bodies in place of our natural body, how it allows us to move from a soul cursed by sin to one transformed into holiness.
Prayer: That we let Christ’s transformative power resurrect us and give us that spiritual essence.
Prayer for Today: Dear Lord, we thank You for this day. We thank You that You sent Your son to die for us and to rise for us, so that we are able to take on heavenly bodies more able and more apt to serve and be one with You, not only here on this earth but in heaven. Let us truly die to the natural selves and let ours souls integrate with the spiritual body. Thank You for this renewing. In Jesus Name, Amen.