He knew the previous section would lead to questions.
How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?
He is now answering those questions.
Our body must die. – vv. 36-38
OUR BODY IS DYING SO THAT IT CAN LIVE
The example of the seed (An agricultural example)
Pointing out what they knew about producing crops
A dead seed produces an abundant harvest
We must live to die
The old must put on the new. – vv. 39-49
The example of creation
They were looking at the natural body and deducing the impossibility.
And they were right
People, animals, earth, heaven, sun and moon, stars.
Each one is very different
God obviously has created different bodies (humans, animals, heavenly) so surely, he can create a RESURRECTED BODY.
There is the now and the later
Death and raised to life
Perishable and imperishable
Dishonor and glory
Weakness and power
Natural and spiritual body
First is born of Adam
We have borne His image
Natural body. Dust
The second is born again in Christ
We will BEAR His image
Forgiven, clean, righteous
A picture of Resurrection Day – vv. 50-57
The point is made. Now Paul gives the church a glorious picture of RESURRECTION DAY.
Royal Entry – v. 50
We will enter the Kingdom of God in our spiritual bodies
Perfectly timed – vv. 51-52a
In a moment
Twinkling of an eye
Gods’ perfect timing
God’s redemptive timeline
Victorious – vv. 52b-55
Dead to alive
New body – not perishable
VICTORY IN JESUS
Closing words to the Church – v. 58
Because we are people who believe in the resurrection… We live with as a people of HOPE and PURPOSE.
Steadfast – Firmly situated
Immovable – unmoved in living out God’s Will
Always Abounding– Exceeding the requirements
In the work of the Lord