Advent: December 14

1 Co 15:42-49

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonour, 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. 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. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

Paul compares our natural (mortal) body with our glorious spiritual body, which does not perish or weaken. I’m sure that we all know how increasing age reveals the growing imperfections of our mortal bodies, try as we might to fight it.

We might think that it’s downhill all the way to heaven, losing the youthful invincibility and picking up the vulnerabilities of age. But there’s another factor at work in us.

In Christ we are no longer like Adam, bound to this earth and indistinguishable from clay. We are heaven-bound, by which I mean both bound to and bound for heaven, and we sense eternity in every breath we take, for our life is breath-created when Father God spoke creation, and God the Son, the Word, made it so.

Christ Jesus lives in us by his Holy Spirit. We have the mind of Christ, the compassion and love of Christ, the authority of Christ, and his victory over sin, sickness and death.

In what ways are you caring for your spiritual body?

How do you live your life among those who reside only in Adam?

How do you bear and reflect the image of the “heavenly man”?

Lord Jesus, I was born in Adam, and in you I have been given the keys to eternal life. As mortality fades in me, would you brighten in me the spiritual person that I may demonstrate to others the reality of eternity? Amen.

As in Adam