“We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”
SIH’s Think On These Things: I Cor 15:50-54
Our Lord promises that He will change our fleshly, sinful body into a wondrous, glorified, spiritual body which will be a part of our eternal inheritance. This great change will take place through the Almighty power of a Sovereign God (Phil 3:20-21)…. “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
What a blessing it will be to leave our sin nature, our sicknesses, our pains and death behind us as we cross over into the eternity that awaits us… (1Cor 15:50-54)…
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”
Each of the bodies of God’s people must undergo a change before we enter our eternal state. It is impossible for our sinful, fallen flesh to enter into His kingdom. Likewise that which is capable of decay and ruin cannot enjoy a never ending eternity with Him.
Behold, I shew you a mystery;
Paul is about to teach us a truth that is not generally known by mankind. Only God’s people can begin to understand the true meaning of these teachings.
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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.
The Christian’s body will undergo this great change, whether the Christian experiences death or if they are alive at the second coming. It will happen quickly, at the very instant of Christ’s coming. For those bodies in the grave, they will come forth; for those who are yet alive, they will be changed and taken up at His coming.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.
There are two basic aspects to this change that will take place…
First, our bodies, which are able to be damaged and worsen in condition (as the result of sin, sickness, and the aging process), will no longer gradually degrade and age leading to its death.
Secondly, our bodies, which are capable of dying, will no longer be under the bonds of death. Death will no longer affect these new bodies that we will possess.
Our new bodies will be capable of living eternally in their optimal condition without reduction or damage over time.
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.
When we have received our glorified bodies death will be defeated. Physical death will no longer have a claim on our body, while spiritual death and the effects of sin will no longer be able to touch and corrupt these new bodies.
Let us thank Him today for the knowledge that we will not be eternally bound to the sufferings of these fleshly bodies, but will someday, enjoy liberty over our corruptible flesh and, even, death itself.
May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.
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