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The Spiritual Is Not First

January 4, 2016

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The Spiritual  Is Not  First

When the Christian congregation  in Corinth  was questioning  the resurrection,  Paul wrote to them  and spent all  of 1 Corinthians,  chapter 15 explaining  what is so important  about understanding  the concept  of us  being raised  from the dead.     It is vital  to realize  that we are only  mere human beings  —  but,  Jesus  was God come down,  living as a human  during His life  on earth.     So,  Paul wrote  in 1 Corinthians 15:45-49,

So also  it is written,  “The first man,  Adam,  became  a living soul.”     The last Adam  [ Jesus ]  became  a life-giving spirit.     However,  the spiritual  is not first,  but the natural;  then the spiritual.       The first man  is from  the earth,  earthy;  the second man  [ Jesus ]  is from heaven.     As is the earthy,  so also  are those  who are earthy;  and as is the heavenly,  so also are those  who are heavenly.     Just as we have borne  the image  of the earthy,  we will also bear  the image  of the heavenly.

This is really awesome.     We are not “spiritual” now.     Rather,  we are just created,  “natural”,  sinful beings  in an  “earthy” body.     Our bodies  are born,  they grow  and mature,  and then die.     Right now,  we are bearing  “the image  of the earthy”.     We’re as human  as human can be.     We suffer pains  —  the emotions  and fears  of not understanding  what tomorrow holds  —  and the effects  of sin  in our lives.

But,  when God’s children  are resurrected  —  raised from the dead  —  we will  “bear  the image  of the heavenly”.     That is,  we will then  be “spiritual”.     We will truly see  and know  our Creator Redeemer  for who He is.     We will be “spiritual”,  pure  and holy,  cleansed  of all our sins  and the effects  of our past sins.

The  “spiritual”  eternal life  of all believers  will be all glorious.     That is why  we so look forward  to our resurrection  —  our being raised  from the dead.

Looking forward  to our  “spiritual”  life  with our Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for paying  for all our sins  that we may live  with You forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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