fit for forever

June 2016 (6)

1 Corinthians 15:39-43

1Co 15:39 Not every organic structure is the same. Human beings have a certain organic structure, domesticated animals have another organic structure, birds have another organic structure, fish have another.
1Co 15:40 There are bodies made for flying in the sky, and bodies made for living on the land, but what makes the sky creatures glorious is one feature, and what makes the land creatures glorious is another.
1Co 15:41 The sun is glorious for one reason, the moon for another, and the stars for another; in fact each star  is glorious in a different way than every other star.
1Co 15:42 That is what the resurrection from the dead ones will be like. The body is planted to rot, but it is raised to be indestructible.
1Co 15:43 It is planted to our embarassment, it is raised to our glory. It is planted without the capacity to endure, it is raised with the ability to live forever.

fit for forever

This is another one of those passages where the translators of our English versions invariably reveal their theological bias and misrepresent the meaning of the original author. Paul was not in the least bit interested in proving that our present bodies are made for earth but our future bodies will be made for heaven. In verse 40, he was drawing attention to the difference between the creatures that fly in the sky, and those who live on the land. Both are glorious in different ways, because of the environment they are suited for. In the same way, the glory of our present bodies is one thing (and we are pretty amazing) but the glory of our future bodies will be different because those bodies will be fit for forever.

LORD, thank you for the hope of eternal resurrection life.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary and church elder.
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