Tuesday, October 18, 2005

1 Corinthians 15:41-50

Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

The Christians of Corinth obviously inspired Paul. His letters to them are so full of truths. They are so simple and yet so deep in meaning; so direct and yet often ambiguous. He challenges his readers in many ways. Today’s reading is both simple and direct. He addresses the 2 natures of man. As always his source of knowledge is Jesus his and our risen Lord.

The physical and the spiritual nature of us all. The physical Jesus born to weakness and dishonor is perishable. The spiritual Jesus risen to Glory and eternal power is imperishable. His sprit resides with his Father in heaven forever. The Good News, we also are born to eternal life through Jesus. A very powerful message to the early church struggling to grasp the meaning of Christ’s death and resurrection. The message that we must die and be reborn (risen) spiritually. It was a powerful and comforting message to the people of Corinth as it is for us today.

I only wish someone had written me such a letter when I was in my late teens and struggling to understand all this Jesus stuff. Of course the letter was there all the time. I just didn’t know about it. I was busy trying to figure it out like a math problem. There had to be some logical, evidence based proof that I could see. This was the physical me trying to put Jesus in my image. It didn’t work. The evidence was all around me but I couldn’t see it.

It took some growing and maturing before I could grasp the fact that I have a second nature. My spiritual reality opened up my eyes to a whole new life of belief and faith. The physical me could not inherit the kingdom of God and would perish. The spiritual me will inherit the kingdom through Jesus Christ and I will live with him in heaven with all other believers FOR EVER AND EVER.

This is really great stuff.

John Dickie

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