SUNDAY August 12, 2018
Christ Gives Us Spiritual Life
It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:44-45
Notice how simply Paul explained the resurrection. The flesh––our natural body––first has to die physically, and then comes the spiritual body. When somebody dies, if you pick up their body, there is no spirit. The body is placed in the grave, and over time, it turns into worms until there is nothing left; it goes back into the earth, but our spirit will live on forever and ever in a glorified body in heaven.
Paul explained the Scriptures concerning the first and second Adam. The first man Adam sinned, and Christ––the last Adam, redeemed us by His blood. He became the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, and through Him we have eternal life (John 1:4, 29). Paul theologically explained about this further in Romans 5:12-21.
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, sin entered the world: Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned (Romans 5:12). Adam was our earthly father and Eve our mother, and because of their sin, we are now living in a world full of sin, and our sins have separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2).
In the Old Testament, God’s people would have to shed the blood of an animal to cover their sin (Hebrews 9:22). In the New Testament, Jesus came, died on the cross, and through His shed blood, took away our sins once and for all (Hebrews 9:23-28). Now when we are convicted by the Holy Spirit, we can ask Jesus Christ to forgive us, and He will cleanse and wash us of our sin by His blood (1 John 1:7-10).
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