20 Apr 1 Corinthians 15:36-58
in Reading Program
36 What a foolish query! When you place a seed into the ground, it does not develop into a plant unless it dies initially. 37 And what you place in the ground is not the plant that will develop, but only a bare seed of wheat or what ever you are planting. 38 Then God offers it the new physique he desires it to have. A diverse plant grows from every sort of seed. 39 Similarly there are diverse sorts of flesh—one sort for humans, an additional for animals, an additional for birds, and an additional for fish.
40 There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is diverse from the glory of the earthly bodies. 41 The sun has a single sort of glory, although the moon and stars every have an additional sort. And even the stars differ from every other in their glory.
42 It is the similar way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to reside forever. 43 Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. 44 They are buried as all-natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are all-natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.
45 The Scriptures inform us, “The initially man, Adam, became a living particular person.” But the final Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-providing Spirit. 46 What comes initially is the all-natural physique, then the spiritual physique comes later. 47 Adam, the initially man, was produced from the dust of the earth, although Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 48 Earthly persons are like the earthly man, and heavenly persons are like the heavenly man. 49 Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man.
50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies can’t inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies can’t inherit what will final forever.
51 But let me reveal to you a superb secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will take place in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the final trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, these who have died will be raised to reside forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies have to be transformed into bodies that will never ever die our mortal bodies have to be transformed into immortal bodies.
54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never ever die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, exactly where is your victory?
O death, exactly where is your sting?”
56 For sin is the sting that final results in death, and the law offers sin its energy. 57 But thank God! He offers us victory more than sin and death by way of our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be robust and immovable. Often operate enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing at all you do for the Lord is ever useless.