August 15, 2022     7:35 am
164. Week of Fourth Sunday after Easter - Tuesday
So also is the resurrection of the dead.
          So also is the resurrection of the dead.   1 Corinthians 15:42
          God gives to every grain its own body when it comes forth, and not another. A blade of barley never grows from a grain of wheat. And more than this: from each and every cornseed the body of just this one cornseed grows, and not that of another. And yet the glory of the growing cornseed is far and immeasurably greater than that of the seed which was laid into the ground. So also is the resurrection of the dead. Every man will rise with a human body, not with a body of an altogether different nature. Moreover, every man will rise with his own body, not with a wholly new and strange one. You will be yourself again, and not another. But the glory of our resurrection body will be so immeasurably great that the difference between it and our present body will be as great as between heaven and earth.- Let me illustrate this, citing words of Scripture. All flesh is not the same flesh; but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies and bodies terrestrial. In the resurrection you will not receive a different flesh, a different body, but your human flesh, your own human body. And now as regards the glory. The glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. So also, as respects the glory, will be the resurrection of the dead. There your body will far, far excel your present body in glory and splendour and celestial properties, though it will still be the same body.
          Today you have heard nothing essentially different from yesterday's devotion. But this matter is worth being understood fully. Tomorrow you shall hear in what manner your resurrection body will excel your present body in glory, though it will still be the same body.
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God; I am dust and ashes, and do not know how long I shall tarry here below. Soon, even today, death may overtake me. And yet I shall live forever. Lord, through Your Word You give me a glimpse of eternity and permit me to see a great and everlasting glory, to which I shall awake and arise. Lord, I am Your own through Jesus Christ, my Saviour, the Conqueror of death. Do to me according to Your word. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     7:35 am