1 Corinthians 15:35-49
35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have?” 36 How foolish! What you plant doesn’t come to life unless it dies. 37 When you plant something, it isn’t a completely grown plant that you put in the ground. You only plant a seed. Maybe it’s wheat or something else. 38 But God gives the seed a body just as he has planned. And to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all earthly creatures are the same. People have one kind of body. Animals have another. Birds have another kind. Fish have still another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies as well as earthly bodies. Heavenly bodies have one kind of glory. Earthly bodies have another. 41 The sun has one kind of glory. The moon has another kind. The stars have still another. And one star’s glory is different from that of another star. 42 It will be like that with bodies that are raised from the dead. The body that is planted does not last forever. The body that is raised from the dead lasts forever. 43 It is planted without honor. But it is raised in glory. It is planted in weakness. But it is raised in power. 44 It is planted as an earthly body. But it is raised as a spiritual body. Just as there is an earthly body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 It is written, “The first man Adam became a living person.” (Genesis 2:7) The last Adam became a spirit that gives life. 46 What is spiritual did not come first. What is earthly came first. What is spiritual came after that. 47 The first man came from the dust of the earth. The second man came from heaven. 48 Those who belong to the earth are like the one who came from the earth. And those who are spiritual are like the heavenly man. 49 We are like the earthly man. And we will be like the heavenly man.
I think that the concept of sowing and reaping isn’t something we’re very familiar with in this day and age. Most of us live in industrialised cities so when we go grocery shopping, we only see the end product. We see fruit and vegetables but don’t see the whole process from the sowing of the seed to its harvest. But sowing is a key aspect of this passage. It paints a picture of how God’s plan for the new creation comes about.
Taking the example of a seed, Paul explains how as Christians, when we sow our seed of faith, we reap eternal life and new resurrection bodies. But unlike our ‘ready to go’ grocery stores, resurrection bodies don’t automatically appear when we become Christians. They are the patient fruit of our seed sown in faith.
In view of that I’m a bit impatient, I want to see the blessing now! But isn’t it comforting to know that though our bodies are fragile and fallen, they will be made imperishable and glorious in the likeness of Jesus (v.42-43).
Lord, let your promise of a new creation would be a bright light of hope amidst life’s brokenness and weakness. Thank you that the end product of seed sown in faith is salvation a new resurrection body. Amen
Written by Sam Liu