I got my annual physical yesterday. This morning I read in 1 Corinthians 15: “this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”
We take care of our physical bodies, but it is nice to remember they are only temporary. Paul pointed beyond the physical body to a resurrection with Christ.
“There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory.”
Don’t you just love the difference between the sun, moon, and stars. Each is glory filled in its on way — one overpowering, one subtle and changing, one even more subtle and numbering in the millions.
“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.”
Physical bodies age. I cannot run as fast as I once did. But the physical will one day give way to the spiritual.
“Thus it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living being’; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is 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, 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 heaven.”
I am now like the “man of dust” (Adam); I will one day bear the image of the “man of heaven” (Jesus). Oh, my! What wonderful news. This is not all there is; there is more.