"Your Image Matters"-Living in a Post-Christian Society-March 29, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
 
 

 

Living in a Post-Christian Society

March 29, 2015

 

YOUR IMAGE MATTERS

1 Corinthians 15:42-49

 

And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. 1 Cor. 15:49

 

  • Take on the image of Christ in spirit now, and I’ll take on the image of Christ in body then.

 

  • Perishable vs Imperishable

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 1 Cor. 15:42

 

  • Natural vs Spiritual

It is sown in dishonor, 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. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:43-44

 

So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 1 Cor. 15:45-48

 

  • Incomplete vs Complete

And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. 1 Cor. 15:49

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO?

 

1. Instead of depending on my first birth, receive the new birth.

1 Cor. 15:46

 

The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 1 Cor. 6:13-14

 

2. Live with an attitude of expectancy.

Having the first fruits of the Spirit … waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body … But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Rom. 8:23, 25 (NAS)

 

3. Adjust to my permanent citizenship.

Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who … will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Phil. 3:20-21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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