by Christina Farris
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. The corruption of our earthly body will see death, but our incorruptible body does not contain the mark of sin. The incorruptible flesh is corruptible by the world we live in today. In fact our earthly incorruptible body will only see earth at the time of the return of Christ if we are already dead and gone. It be last time to see this old earth in which we left by our Spirit by the power of God and enter heaven by his Son who became a covering for our sin. Our nakeness, and our shame all gone when we receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Our sin for eternity is covered with Christ blood through his beating, his death and resurrection. Yet our flesh still be corrupt in regards to our desires that we must learn to put away through the power of the sanctification process, God created to purge us from sin, we also learn God will correct us when we sin as his child. Our robe of faith/righteousness is white as snow because of Christ purging our soul. Our body might still contain the road dirt of life, and so it comes to a place of destruction through our bodies death. Our Spirit is then raised up into incorruptibility, our spirit/soul will not die but will live on with Christ our Savior and be transformed by incorruptible body. Our mortal facing decay and our immortality facing eternity with God.
"Where is the sting of death? O grave where is thy victory?" As a believer in Christ the grave no long has victory, and death no longer the victor. As a believer the hope of eternal life is real. Those that are in the world at the time of Christ return must put on immortality, and meet Christ in the air. Those that die before Christ will return with him, but also will have enter heaven pearly gates.
Because of Christ victory we want to live the best life we can for Him, and do the work he has called us to, to labor for Christ in our flesh, has our mind and spirit is transformed into the image of Jesus. We can put on all the ornaments of faith on our fleshly body, but it not going to change the fact it will see destruction and so might our soul if we never receive Christ as our Savior and Lord. If you ever had a pet bird you know when it season to shed feathers/molt. Feathers go everywhere as they shed their seasonal feathers and is transformed into a new beautiful plumage, but what you might not know is color might not always be the same. It can be, but often there is differences even in shading No one notices the change because it happens over a period of a few weeks. Yet once it done the bird coat is changed. Our skin molts to, it is the peeling of dead skin from the new skin. Most never noticed unless sunburned, because it dead skin sheds as we clean ourselves. God is purging us as we remain on earth, purging our heart from sin. First sin God purges from our life is the sin of unbelief as we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. He changes us immediately when we receive Jesus. Something might not change in our life for a time, but faith is forever changed.
When I show something in the Old Testament like I did yesterday, I like to back it up with the New Testament the next day. Your hope is real, your flesh is dying and it will contain the factors of age and destruction. However we will not forever hold these features for eternity, we will be given a body that will not see decay. This is a promise for all believers in Christ. From Old To New Testament. The sacrifical lamb was a promise of things to come through Christ Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to know that our flesh is temporal and our immortality a reality through faith in Christ Jesus. Help our hope to deepen as we learn to trust you daily in our life and continue to purge our sin and things of destruction from our spirit and mind. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Titus 3:3-8 KJV
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.