August 9, 2022     3:47 pm
165. Week of Fourth Sunday after Easter - Wednesday
It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption
          It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.   1 Corinthians 15:42-44
          This is what the Holy Spirit says concerning the glory which your body will have when it rises from the grave. Now your body is corruptible, of a corruptible nature; the fire of corruption glows within it and comes to the surface now and then, and it will decay altogether in the bowels of the earth; but on the day of resurrection it will come forth with life incorruptible. Now your body, God's own creation, is dishonoured, and it will lie in the earth in a most horrible and despicable state; but on the day of resurrection it will be all glory and splendour. Now your body is in weakness; any accident may destroy it, a little disease germ may kill it. But on the day of resurrection it will be endued with eternal power. And still more. Now your body is a natural body, "eating, drinking, sleeping, digesting, begetting children, etc.," as Dr. Luther puts it, but on the day of resurrection it will be a spiritual body, "requiring," to quote Luther again, "none of these things, and yet being a true body, alive with the spirit." As surely as you now have a natural body, so surely shall you then have a spiritual body. For consider, the first man, Adam, from whom you are descended, was made a living soul, as you may read in the Scripture, made for natural life; but the last Adam, Christ, with whom you are united through faith, through His resurrection entered upon a spiritual life: His human body is pervaded and made spiritual by His divine nature and Spirit. Here you behold a twofold condition of the human body: the natural and the spiritual. However, that which is spiritual was not first, but that which is natural; afterward that which is spiritual. The first man, Adam, as St. Paul teaches, is of the earth, earthy, for this terrestrial life; the second man, Christ, is the Lord from heaven, and hence, indeed, for the heavenly life. As is the earthy, Adam, such are also we that are earthy: while we live on this earth we have a natural body like Adam. And as is the heavenly, Christ, such also shall we, the heavenly, be: when we rise and enter heaven, we shall have a spiritual body like Christ. As we have borne the image of the earthy, Adam, so we shall also bear the image of the heavenly, Christ.- So, then, on the day of resurrection our body will be incorruptible, all glory, all strength, entirely spiritual, yes, spiritual: no longer subject to the laws of this natural life, but qualified for the heavenly life, glorified, pervaded by our spirit which has been made heavenly, like Christ's glorious body. O wonderful hope!
          PRAYER: - O my Lord and God, I cannot comprehend it now, but I shall most certainly live to see and experience and enjoy it. Your Word, which does not fail, nor passes away, assures me of it. O what glory! O my Lord and Saviour let me be and remain Your own to my end, that I may obtain and behold what now I long for in faith, until I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Your likeness. Amen

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August 9, 2022     3:47 pm