Sunday, October 6, 2013

1 Corinthians 15:51-53

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."
1 Corinthians 15:51-53

As a society sometimes it seems that we are all striving for immortality.  We dream of being immortal and powerful.  We love superheroes because they are more than we are.  We want to cure everything because we fear sickness and death.  Even having the gospel and knowing that this life is amazingly short compared to our life elsewhere, it can be hard to see beyond current limitations.  Everything else seems ethereal and fleeting.
I like these verses because they remind us pretty clearly that what we seek for subconsciously will be ours.  Even if we don't all die, we will all become immortal.  And we won't be corruptible anymore... not just in the sense of not being susceptible to temptation or bribery, but in a physical sense... our bodies won't be susceptible to sickness or decay anymore.
This doesn't, of course, mean that we should treat our bodies and minds harshly, knowing that they will be restored after this life.  We still have to learn self-mastery, and God has told us to treat our bodies well, as the temples of our spirits.  ... But I think what this does mean is that we have a lot to look forward to, and our goals should include our long-term spiritual welfare, not just temporary distractions.  We're going to be alive for a long, long time.  Today, let's not trade something temporary and corruptible for something eternal and perfect.

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