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Dying To Live Again 1 Cor.15

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                             DYING TO LIVE AGAIN

1 COR 15:35-58

INTRO: THE BUMPER STICKER SAID “BORN AGAIN”—THEN BELOW IT IN HALF SIZE WERE WORDS “AND AGAIN & AGAIN” REFERRING TO REINCARNATION—BELIEF THAT SPIRIT WILLB E RECYCLED INTO SOME OTHER BODY & THE TYPE OF BODY YOU GET DEPENDS ON YOUR “KARMA”—IF ITS GOOD YOU COULD COME BACK AS A COW (GO ANYWHERE YOU WANT & BE WORSHIPED—I DON’T WANT COME BACK AS ANIMAL WITH 2 STOMACHS & CHEWS A CUD—IF ITS NOT SO GOOD YOU COULD COME BACK AS MONKEY/DOG—IF ITS REALLY BAD THEN AN INSECT—MANY IN WORLD THINK THIS IS TRUE (EX: ONE SURVEY SHOWED 30 % AMERICANS BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION---AND A GALLUP POLE FOUND 20% OF BORN AGAIN PEOPLE SAY THEY BELIEVE IN IT. EVEN AMONG AMERICANS WHO BELIEVE IN RESURRECTION 2/3 BELIEVE THEY WILL NOT HAVE BODIES—BUT WAIT! RESURRECTION REQUIRES A BODY!  THE GRKS BELIEVED THE ESSENCE OF PERSON IS SPIRIT & QUICKER YOU SHED THE BODY BETTER OFF YOU ARE---MUSLIMS BELIEVE IF YOU DIE AS A MARTYR OR “LIVE A GOOD LIFE” BY KORAN YOU GO TO PARADISE & GET HAREM OF WIVES (IF A GUY)—WHAT DO THE WOMEN GET?

NOW SOME COULD CARE LESS ABOUT BODY—TAKE ENOUGH ASPRIN/ICY HOT/DUCT TAPE & KEEP THE THINK RUNNING. BUT GOD GAVE US GREAT PROMISES ABOUT THE BODY. GOD INTENDED BODY TO LAST FOREVER—BUT ADMA & EVE (WHO WERE CREATED VERY GOOD) BROUGHT SIN INTO WORLD & PERFECTION WAS INFECTED BUT THANKS TO JESUS FINISHED WORK ON CROSS THE SEPARATION OF SOUL FROM BODY AT DEATH IS ONLY TEMPORARY!  BY TIME WE ARE DONE YOU HAVE TO BE A HAPPIER CHRISTIAN!

I.                  RESURRECTED BODY:  PRINCIPLES FROM NATURE

A.   THE NEW BODY WILL BE IN A DIFFERENT FORM:  PAUL USED ILLUS. OF SEED TO DESCRIBE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OLD BODY & NEW. JESUS USED SIMILAR PICTURE TO DESCRIBE THE NEED FOR HIM TO DIE (JN.12:24)—SO WITHOUT THE DEATH OF SEED OR BODY THERE CAN BE NO NEW LIFE. THE SEED CEASES TO EXIST AS SEED—IT LOOKS NOTHING LIKE THE FLOWER OR FRUIT OR VEGETABLE IT PRODUCES. (PUMPKIN OR WATERMELON SEED IS NOTHING THE FINISHED PRODUCT)—WHAT IS NEEDED FOR THAT TRANSFORMATION TO TAKE PLACE IS THE WORK OF GOD  (RAIN, SUN, ,MINERALS IN SOIL IS ALL FROM GOD)—SO BODY PUT IN GROUND WILL BE RAISED AS A NEW YOU—THERE WILL BE CONTINUITY BETWEEN THE DEAD BODY &NEW BODY.  (EX: JONI ERICKSON TADA SAID “SOMEWHERE IN MY BROKEN PARALYZED BODY IS THE SEED OF WHAT I SHALL BECOME”)—THE SAME SELF IN DIFFERENT FORM (COVERING) IT WILL BE NEW & IMPROVED!  ALL THIS IS FROM GOD.  PAUL EXPLAINED GOD CREATED DIFF. KINDS OF FLESH (BODIES)—EACH IS SUITED TO ITS ENVIRONMENT (BIRDS, FISH, MAMMALS—THEN THERE ARE HEAVENLY BODIES (STARS, PLANETS)—THEY PHYSICAL BODY IS SUBJECT TO SIN/DEATH & WE CANT STOP THAT PROCESS (ROM.8:22-25)—THE REAL ME IS SPIRIT BUT THE BODY MUST BE BURIED  (2 COR. 5:1—THIS BODY IS JUST A TENT)—GOD GAVE US BODIES TO RELATE TO EACH OTHER.

B.   THE NEW BODY IS NOT SUBJECT TO DECAY (V.42-44)  (EX: CHART OF COMPARISON)—THESE BODIES GO BACK TO DUST/DIRT FROM WHICH THEY WERE MADE (OUR BODIES & DIRT HAVE SAME 17 ELEMENTS I)  (EX: BOY EXCITED ABOUT DUST). THE CURRENT BODY GETS OLD & WEARS OUT—GET TO POINT IT EITHER HURTS OR DOESN’T WORK—BUT NO AGING OR DISEASE IN RESURRECTION BODY—IT WILL LOOK & ACT LIKE PHYSICAL BODY BUT HAVE GREATERE ABILITIES.  WE WILL BE LIKE JESUS!  JESUS WAS RECOGNIZED BY DISICPLES & MANY OTHERS (1 COR.15). HE SPOKE WITH THEM, ATE WITH THEM—THEY COULD TOUCH HIM—ALL OVER PERIOD OF 40 DAYS—(ADAM & EVE IN EDEN HAD INDESTRUCIBLE/SELF-REPARIING BODIES—THEY ATE OF TREE OF LIFE)---SHALL WE KNOW EACH OTHER? YES!  SAUL KNEW SAMUEL WHEN HE APPEARED TO WITCH IN ENDOR---PETER/JAMES/JOHN KNEW MOSES & ELIJAH ON MT. OF TRANSFIGURATION.

C.   THE NEW BODY WILL BE GLORIOUS (V.43)—LOOK AT PHIL. 3:21  WE WILL BE CONFORMED TO HIS GLORIOUS BODY—ALSO SEE 1 JN.3:2—WE WILL SEE HIM AS HE IS AND BE LIKE HIM!

D.   THE NEW BODY WILL BE POWERFUL—THIS NEW BODY WILL BE RAISED IN POWER. CHRIST PASSED THRU LOCKED DOORS. WE MAY OR MAY NOT DO THAT—AFTER ALL JESUS IS DIVINE. BUT WE HAVE REDEEMED SPIRITS IN REDEEMED BODIES LIVING INA REDEEMED UNIVERSE!

E.   THE CONTRAST BETWEEN JESUS & ADAM—(V.45-49) ADAM WAS FORMED FROM DUST OF GROUND & GOD BREATED INTO HIM LIFE.  JESUS TOOK ON A PHYSICAL BODY—WAS PUT TO DEATH & WAS BURIED (JN.1:14)—THEN H E YIELDED UP HIS SPIRIT—HIS LIFE WAS NOT TAKEN & THEN THE POWER OF GOD RAISED HIM UP & THEN JESUS TOOK HIS PLACE AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.  THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST WILL BEAR HIS IMAGE (V.49)—AND WE WILL REIGN WITH HIM.

 

II.                THE REUSRRECTED BODY: RECEIVED AT CHRIST;S RETURN---(V.50-58)  FLESH & BLOOD CANT INHERIT THE KINGDOM. THERE MUST BE A CHANGE (LIKE CATERPILLAR INTO BUTTERFLY)—THE BODY WILL BE SUITED FOR THE SPIRIT REALM—BUT REMEMBER IN ORDER TO HAVE THIS PROMISE THERE MUST BE A CONVERSION—WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN IN CHRIST—WE MUST ACCEPT THE GOSPEL MESSAGE BY FAITH & BE BAPTIZED INTO HIM—WE HAVE FORGIVENESS & GIFT OF HOLY SPIRIT WHO IS DEPOSIT OF ALL TO COME—INCLUDING A NEW BODY!  NOW PAUL SAID THIS WAS A “NYSTERY”—A REVELATION FROM LORD—MAYBE ONE HE GOT WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT UP TO 3RD HEAVEN (2 COR. 2:1-4)—NOW HE EXPLAINED “NOT ALL WILL DIE”  BUT “ALL WILL BE CHANGED”—(EX: CHURCH NURSERY SIGN: “NOT ALL OF US WILL SLEEP BUT WE WILL ALL BE CHANGED”)---IN A MOMENT (ATOM), IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE (BLINK)—SO AS WE SLEEP & THEN WAKE (TEMPORARY STATE) SO BODY SLEEPS IN GRAVE & THEN RISES---AT LAST TRUMPET (MANY REF. IN O.T. TO TRUMPETS—AT FEASTS/CALL TO BATTLE/ETC.—SO DEATH HAS LOST ITS STING (BEE, SERPENT)—THE STINGER IS GONE (TAKEN OUT) (ISA.25:8; HOSEA 13:14)—THE LAW CONDEMNED US—WE DO OPPOSITE OF WHAT LAW REQUIRES—LAW SHOWS US THE POWER OF SIN.  BUT THAT POWER IS GONE—CURSE IS TAKEN AWAY—NAILED TO TREE!  WE SHOULD HALLELUJAH!  NOW SINCE ALL THAT IS TRUE & ITS ALL COMING TO PASS PAUL ENCOURAGE THEM & US “DON’T QUIT SERVING!”—YOUR WORK IS NOT IN VAIN—THERE IS A GLORIOUS FUTURE COMING.  THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW JESUS WILL NOT HAVE THIS HOPE---SO THE QUESTION IS “AER YOU READY TO MEET THE LORD?”  

  CONCLUSION:  (EX: BEN FRANKLIN EPITAPH)

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