Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 1 Corinthians 15:46-49
In order for you to become saved, your old self must die first, this is the gospel message and this is what Paul is referring to here. The Apostle Paul says here “The spiritual doesn’t come first, but first the natural, and then the spiritual” This again is Paul echoing the teachings of Jesus Christ on becoming Born Again (John 3) You need to be regenerated and baptized by the Holy Spirit first, before you will can receive a glorified body
The Apostle Paul talks about the dying of the old man through his teachings (Romans 6, Ephesians 4, Colossians 3) The first man is Adam, who brought the curse of sin and death upon all humanity. The second man is Jesus Christ, who defeated sin and death, by dying for our sins on the cross and rising on the 3rd day.
What a powerful reminder and revelation, that Jesus Christ became the natural so we can become the spiritual, think about that! God became a man to die for your sins, so through The Lord’s atonement, you can inherit the Kingdom of God. If this doesn’t shake your soul to the core, you are dry bones and in need of the breath of God upon your life. The Creator became the creation to give you the gift of salvation!
We are all sinners just like Adam, as is the earthly (Adam), such are they also that are earthly. And Born Again Christians, take on the nature of Christ, filled and sealed with the Holy Spirit, and as is the heavenly (Christ), such are they also that are heavenly (Born Again) You can’t inherit and enter the Kingdom of God, unless you are regenerated
We are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), we have borne the image of Adam, we were once dead in our sins, we were once unregenerated dry bones (Ezekiel 37), but now we bear the image of the Heavenly man, Jesus Christ, we have been Born Again , our sins washed by the blood of the Lamb, we have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, adopted as Children of God, Amen!