For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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I Corinthians 15:35-49
But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So is it 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 natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 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 natural, 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 also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
We learn from the seed that is sown. We have been sown as seed in the natural to fill the earth and with our acceptance of the sacrifice and message of Christ we are sown as spiritual seed to fill heaven. What a picture! Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“… But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. …”
So it can be said that we are natural beings having a spiritual experience or when after accepting Christ we are spiritual beings having a natural experience. By this verse the natural comes first, then the spiritual. We are physical beings first and are reborn as spiritual beings. A transformation begins to take place at rebirth and the physical diminishes and the spiritual grows. If not, we need to consider our stunted growth. Are we receiving the nourishing Word of God as regularly as we receive our daily ration of natural food? If we are stunted in growth we have ourselves to blame. Do not starve the spiritual self. Sit at the table of God and be fed. Be immersed in the Word of God, be fed by the Holy Spirit, drink of His spiritual waters and experience the spiritual growth that follows. There is time in every day for our natural meals and there is time for our spiritual meals. Weed out the junk food…both physical and spiritual that would eat up our time. Let the Spirit rise within us each day more and more.