Join us today for an episode about the reason Resurrection of the Body isn't about later but now...
Today's episode is focused on 1 Corinthians 15: 35-38, 42-50...
In today’s spiritual foundation episode about impacting the world, I talk with you about 1 Corinthians 15: 35-38, 42-50. I talk about why this isn’t about being a zombie. I also share why this passage isn’t about something you have to wait for exactly...
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Episode 1072: Itâ€™s Not About Zombies
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[00:01:11] and today's spiritual foundation episode about impacting the world. I talk with you about first Corinthians chapter 15, verses 35 through 38 and 42 through 50. I talk about why this passage is it about being a zombie in the lower world. And I also share why this passage isn't about something. You have to wait for exact.
[00:01:33] First Corinthians chapter 15, verses 35 through 38 and 42 through 50 says this, but someone will ask, how are the dead raised with what kind of body do they come? What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And as for what you, so you do not. So the body that is to be, but a bear seed perhaps of wheat or some other grain, but God gives it a [00:02:00] body as he has chosen and each kind of seed its own body.
[00:02:04] So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable? What is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor. It is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness. It is raised in power. It is sown a physical body. It is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.
[00:02:27] Thus it is written. The first ban Adam became a living. Being the last Adam became a life-giving. But it's not the spiritual that is first, but the physical and then the spiritual, the first man was from the earth, a man of dust. The second man is from heaven as was the man of dust. So are those who are of the dust and as is the man of heaven.
[00:02:51] So are those who are of heaven, just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of. [00:03:00] What I am saying, brothers and sisters is this flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. This idea, it always strikes me as funny.
[00:03:16] There's these conversations about the raising of the dead. In the Bible, whether it's Jesus coming back, whether it's us being raised in the dead. And I've had conversations where peop with people where they talk about this as basically being a zombie situation, or are people brought back to life like zombies in these zombie movies that are well were probably somewhat pop popular at one period.
[00:03:46] I'm not sure they're as popular anymore. And I would say that the horror movie kind of mentality of the zombie kind of taps into some sort of fear that is global. And in fact, it goes [00:04:00] back long before movies were around the idea of zombies and the living dead and the fear of. Actually goes back a long time.
[00:04:13] What do they reveal about us and our hidden fears? I'm not sure it could be disease. It could be, now look at the pandemic and you see all sorts of memes and jokes about how the pandemic is the beginning of the zombie outbreak. So to speak that this is a sign of the zombie apocalypse.
[00:04:35] I think too, though, the recognition of the zombie hood is also about a spiritual threat to us as long as well that this idea of. Being resurrected in the body. And what does that actually mean for us? What does that look like for us? I think is a very real one. And in this [00:05:00] idea, Paul might actually be talking about this very thing with the early church in this passage.
[00:05:08] Maybe this is evidence that this is. Fear of zombie hood goes back a long way. Maybe not. But I think we would argue that there's a bit in here about why would we just resurrect and re animate and bring back dead flesh? Why would we inhabit this shell of a being after we've been brought back to some sort of spiritual after all.
[00:05:35] It, what kind of death are you coming back from? What if something happened to you? know, There was an injury or a car accident or something like that would you be brought back with all of those injuries? What would that actually look like? So there's the feeling that maybe there's a conversation around this going on.
[00:05:56] And I think Paul is saying, but wait a minute you're thinking about it as [00:06:00] if it's a physical worldly act, but it's actually an act of faith and of the spirit. There are. Analogies that we can use to understand this, the whole conversation about the seed and how a seed doesn't really reanimate, but rather is born into something new that takes on its own new life is in there.
[00:06:23] That there's a new creation being brought that this resurrection of the body and life everlasting is about a birth into something new. It's a transformation or a change. It's not merely extending what already exist. And the idea is that these seeds to this transformation are actually in us before the transformation happens.
[00:06:53] It's being brought out from within us. And because of that, if you think [00:07:00] about it, it means that we don't actually have to wait for our death. This spiritual resurrection that we're talking about here is actually one that can be thought of as what is sown embodies the soul. What is raised, embodies the spirit and soul and spirit are not the same word at this time.
[00:07:25] The soul is our life force that keeps us tied to this world. Why the spirit is the divine spark of God. And if that's true, then this resurrection that we're talking about is not some sort of future event or something that we have to wait for or something that comes out of the, after our death, it's actually something that we can live out each and every day.
[00:07:51] By recognizing that we have a spiritual call, that we have a spiritual being that we have [00:08:00] a relationship with God. And that relationship calls us to be in relationship with each other and to be in relationship with ourselves out of that's the resurrection. That's the life everlasting. That's the real moment that we're talking about.
[00:08:19] It's not some far off future event that comes later. It's actually something that we can live out each and every day. Thanks for listening.
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What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. - 1 Corinthians 15: 50