Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The resurrection of the Dead

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1 Corinthians 15:42-44 (NET) It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

When the Lord Jesus resurrected from the dead, His disciples at some point found it difficult to recognize him until he revealed himself to them. What was it about the resurrected body of our Lord?

The Lord Jesus is the first to resurrect with the glorified body. He is the first to experience the resurrection of the dead. Many have died and have been raised, but with the same kind of body that they died with. But the Lord Jesus resurrected with the glorified heavenly body that cannot grow old, die, can relate with heaven and the earth, but yet can walk among us and eat physical food.

Notice that after the Lord resurrected with the glorified body, he no longer needed the door in order to enter a building. He would normally pass through a wall, appear and disappear, and do all these things in his natural state. The glorified body is a visible human body, but it is a supernatural one. This is the kind of body we all will receive when the Lord returns and the dead in Christ rise first (see 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

Of all the foundational truths of the faith, I believe that the resurrection of the dead is one of the least understood, and yet it is so important. Believing in the resurrection (that God raised Jesus from the dead) is one of the conditions for receiving salvation. Believing that God raised Jesus from the dead is in effect believing that God will also raise us too from the dead during the resurrection(see 1 Cor 15:13-14).

Go into today remembering that the resurrection of the dead is something that you will experience if you remain in Christ to the end. It is what will reveal our unlimited glory as sons of God (See 1 John 3:2, Romans 8:23). Setting your heart on this hope will empower you to live a pure, holy, and powerful life (see 1 John 3:3).
Prayer Confession: I walk in the power of His resurrection. I am unstoppable
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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