A Sermon on Human Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”
1. The Last Second
21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. Adam v. 45 The first man, Adam v. 47 The first man Jesus The Last Adam The Second man 48 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. 49And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.
a. The Transformation of the spirit
Romans 8:15-16 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. … 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
b. Transformation of the mind
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
c. Transformation of the body
Phil 3:21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Gravitational constant: 6.67 x 10-11 m3/kg/s2
Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see Dust in the wind All we are is dust in the wind - Kansas, Dust in the Wind, Point of Know Return, 1977
Incompatible with heaven
50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Incompatible with the presence of God.
2 Thess 2:8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
e. Different but continuous
4. The Transition
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—
52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
in a flash
in the twinkling of an eye
at the last trumpet
54When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”