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From: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 7:32 AM
Subject: from weakness to power
1 Corinthians 15:43 "It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power"
I am at a stage of life now where I seem to know more and more people who are suffering with various ailments of the body. There are serious heart issues and joint issues and battles with cancer. There are back problems and chronic headaches and all kinds of problems. It seems that our physical bodies, which carry us so well for so long, begin to wear out in stages. Our prayer lists become filled with friends wrestling with these issues (and sometimes we join the list!). But in a reverse way there is encouragement here because this is just what the Lord intended. We have bodies now that are characterized by weakness. But, as people who have come to believe that Christ was raised from the dead, we have a sure hope that we also will be raised and given a new body...not characterized by weakness but by power.
The apostle Paul describes our current physical bodies as seeds which are sown in the ground. They will germinate in death and bloom in Heaven. Here is some of that logic from verse 44 of the same chapter: " It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body."
The aches and pains we endure now are sure signs that we are being made ready for planting, that we will be raised to an entirely new life. You can believe it! Jesus pioneered the path with His own body and showed that resurrection leads to a new and better life.
Here are a few more powerful arguments for the new body from the same chapter: "
49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable."