Saturday, December 12, 2009

12/13 1 Cor. 15 The Resurrection of the Body

Devotional using scripture, quote from John Calvin and thoughts for the day each day- on the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth.

13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 35 But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?" 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. (1 Cor. 15:13,14, 35-38)

Calvin abridged: It is difficult to believe that bodies, when consumed with rottenness, will at length be raised up in their season. Scripture provides two helps by which faith may overcome this great obstacle: one in the parallel of Christ’s resurrection; the other in the omnipotence of God…In sowing, he tells us, we discern an image of the resurrection, for out of corruption springs up grain. (III.25.3,4)

Thoughts: I have heard some say that the resurrection of the body simply meant the resurrection of our personality. Some have wondered how it could be possible. Yet science gives us an image of remaking bodies out of DNA (think of Jurassic Park) and some have said they have cloned animals out of DNA. The soul lives on, and we shall be renewed. The God who made all things is able to make us anew with our old parts or new ones. Our hope remains that this life is not all there is.

Prayer: Thank you that our faith has a goal. Thank you that our hopes are filled with hope.

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