25 February, 2007

How Are The Dead Raised?

With what kind of body will they come? How foolish. What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wehat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. All flesh is not the same: men have one kid of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differes from star in splendor.

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 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.

Flesh and blood can not inherit the Kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--in a flash...


Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. One controlled by the sinful nature can not please God.

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit.

Therefore brothers and sisters we have an obligation, but it is not to the sinful nature. For if we live according to the sinful nature we will die; but if by the Spirit we put to death the misdeeds of the body, we will live. For we did not receive a Spirit that makes us slaves to fear, but we received the Spirit of Sonship. The Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.

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