Summary: Let’s open our Bibles to 1 Corinthians, chapter 15. We have been studying on the subject of resurrection. Today I want to take you through the Glory of the resurrected body and I want to conclude on how we are to live in light of the resurrection.
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Let’s open our Bibles to 1 Corinthians, chapter 15. We have been studying on the subject of resurrection.
Today I want to take you through the Glory of the resurrected body and I want to conclude on how we are to live in light of the resurrection.
Jesus promises the resurrection in John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.
In this life, for believers, the body is exalted by being made the temple of the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you? God will not desert the body at the grave, He will raise it up from the dead at the trumpet call.
1 Corinthians 15:35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” It doesn’t take long for the body of the dead to decay. So, the questions began to arise in people, “How can a decayed, rotten body rise? And what about bodies that have been burned in a fire and bodies that have fallen into the sea and been consumed by sharks?
Resurrection, to be in body after death was unbelievable for people. King Agrippa had bought into the philosophy of no resurrection. Paul himself asked King Agrippa: Acts 26:8 Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?
Here in our text, I want you to notice the immediate response of Apostle Paul to the ones who is denying the resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:36 How foolish! KJV Thou fool.
This is often the case for the people who think they know there is a flaw in Christian doctrine. Thinking themselves to be wise and end up as fools in the end according to the Bible. People laugh at believers, their baptism, service, and holiness. 1 Corinthians 15:32 If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” “Live life to the max, fulfill every lust and every desire; your body goes to the earth and never comes back.” They end up as fools in hell.
So Paul is proving here in the Bible that there is a resurrection and life after death. First of all, Paul is giving us an illustration, then he talks about the form of resurrection, then he talks about the contrasts, and then the prototype of a resurrection body.
Let’s begin with the illustration: 1 Corinthians 15:36-38 36How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.
1. The illustration of a seed.
Any seed is put into the ground and it dies, decomposes in the ground. And out of that decomposed seed comes a resurrection life. A plant rises, and that plant is a very different kind of body than the seed.
In fact, you could never tell by looking at the seed what the body of the plant will look like. There is dissolution, and then there is difference, but at the same time, there is continuity; one dies, and in dying gives life. It is very different than what it produces.
So, it is in our case, our bodies will be buried and as they dissolve and disintegrate into the ground. God will cause us to rise again in a different form in the trumpet call. This will be the same person, changed by death and resurrection, but the same life coming forth in a different form.
Have you noticed? Your body now is different than it used to be, and it’s continuing to become different, very different than the infant that came out of the mother’s womb, very different. You are the same your middle age and the old age as you were in infancy; you are the same person, but you are not the same body.
Our Lord actually used this same analogy in referring to Himself and His own resurrection. John 12:23-24 23Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
Jesus sees that His own death is a kind of seed planting, a kind of dissolution, disintegration that results in a great and glorious and fruitful resurrection. If you say you don’t believe in the resurrection, you might as well say, “I don’t believe in harvest. I don’t believe in plants.”