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Bodies Changed (2 of 7)
I Corinthians 15:50-54
In 1728, when Ben Franklin was 22 years-old, he wrote an epitaph for his own tombstone which read:
''The body of B. Franklin, printer, like the cover of an old book, its contents worn out, and striped of its lettering and gilding, lies here, food for worms. Yet the work shall not be lost; for it will as he believed appear once more, in a new and more beautiful edition, corrected and amended by the Author.''
Ben Franklin was right. The bodies we have now wear out, physically decline and eventually die. But the resurrection of Jesus Christ holds for us the promise of a new super natural body which will be raised in glory, never to die again.
John 11:25 Jesus said Martha, ''I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.''
M. Henry wrote, ''Here is the promise of a blessed resurrection. Though the body be dead because of sin, yet it shall live again.''
Those who believe that Christ died and rose again so they could be forgiven receive spiritual life now and eternal life when they die.
CHANGED REQUIRED :50 I tell you this - is a summary of Paul's teaching about the resurrection; beginning with the resurrection of Christ (:3-18) and the promise of our own bodily resurrection (:19-49).
Paul has said that God can give us different bodies than we have now when we are resurrected and now he goes on to say that our bodies must be changed in order for us to be part of the eternal kingdom of God in heaven which will be holy and without sin.
Flesh and blood - refer to our physical bodies which were made from the dust of the ground. As a result of sin they are fragile, weak, and liable to disease, subject to pain and eventually death. We inherited a sin nature from Adam and as a result we will eventually die because of our sins (:22).
Cannot - Gk. absolute negative meaning no exceptions. Matt. 7:18 A good tree cann ...
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