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1 Corinthians 15- Children of God

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!

1 Corinthians 15- Born Again

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; 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. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44

Previously I emphasized the importance of Jesus having a physical resurrection, where as Paul stated “If Christ is not Risen, our faith is worthless” (1 Cor. 15:14) Some people were surprised to learn there are some groups that reject the physical resurrection of Christ, one of the scriptures they use to support their claim is verse 44 , Paul says here “It is sown a natural body, and it is raised a spiritual body” At first glance this appears to support their claim, however lets take a deeper look at the original Greek word

The Greek word translated as spiritual here is pneumatikon, looking at the meaning of this word it means non-carnal, regenerated, and supernatural. Now when I say these words, a light bulb should start going off in your head. Remember what Jesus said “Unless we are Born Again, you will not see the Kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:3) What does Paul say a little later in this chapter “Flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 15:50)

The words of Christ and Paul are almost exactly the same, you need to become Born Again to be saved. When we are talking about a “spiritual body” here in the English translation, we are talking about a regenerated person, a person who is Born Again, baptized by the Holy Spirit, not living for the flesh. Paul is not saying you will become a ghost during the resurrection or get wings and play a harp, Paul is stating you will get your physical glorified body, a body without sin, a body designed the way it was meant before the curse of sin into this world

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 1 Corinthians 15:45

The sin of Adam, brought the curse upon all humanity. The last Adam, who is Jesus Christ , made a quickening or life- giving pneuma. Now again at first glance it seems as if Jesus Christ became a spirit, but take a deeper look into the Greek word pneuma. This is the same Greek word typically translated as the Holy Spirit, wind, breathe. How do we become regenerated? By the Holy Spirit, we need a new heart and mind, a baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 3)

Again I believe what Paul is trying to convey here is through Jesus Christ we become Born Again by the Holy Spirit, to become regenerated and eventually received our gloried bodies to rule with Christ forever!

Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, and you will be physically raised one day also in your glorified, regenerated body at the final resurrection , Amen!

Acts 9- Paul’s Transformation

And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. Acts 9:20-22

Paul went from persecuting Christians to now preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, what happened? Paul became Born Again through Jesus on the Road to Damascus. God can transform and save anyone by his blood and spirit, Paul is a great example of this! When people heard Paul preaching they were amazed, saying “Isn’t this the same man who wreaked havoc on the Christians in Jerusalem”

Is this the same way people look and think about you? When people who knew you before you were saved, do they wonder how can this person be preaching about God? Yes our personal lives are a testimony of the power of the gospel, we became new creatures through Christ just like Paul

And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. Acts 9:23-25

Even though the Orthodox Jews didn’t understand Paul’s conversion, they had enough of him preaching about Jesus and plotted to kill him. Understand that your conversion will not be understood or possibly not accepted by the world around you. Anytime you preach the gospel, expect a strong reaction from the world. Because the world is enemies with God

And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. Acts 9:26-28

Even the Christians were hesitant of accepting Paul, many didn’t truly believe he was a disciple. Did you ever feel this or experience this in a Church? Sometimes our conversions are too much for people to believe. How can God take a wretched sinner like them and make them a saint! Only by the blood of Jesus!

Make no mistake about it, Paul was transformed on the Road to Damascus, just as we are transformed when we become Born Again! Let your story be a testimony to our Lord Amen!

John 3- Born Again

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:1-3

Who is Nicodemus? He is a religious leader of Israel, a Pharisee, notice he comes to see Jesus at night, why? Because he knows Jesus is the Christ, however he’s afraid of the cost of following Jesus. He’s afraid to lose his position , he’s afraid to lose his income, he’s afraid to possibly lose family members and friends. He’s afraid to carry his cross and follow Christ

Jesus gives him a major revelation, unless you are Born Again, you will not see the Kingdom of God. What? How can this be? Nicodemus is a Pharisee, he dedicated his life to following God, he studied the scriptures since he was a kid, however all that is filthy rags unless you become Born Again through Christ

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:4-6

Nicodemus with all his theological training and experience, cant comprehend what Jesus is teaching him. He’s looking at this from the natural perspective, but becoming Born Again is a supernatural process! 

Unless you are born of water and Spirit, you can’t enter the Kingdom of God. There are two baptisms here, the baptism of water (repentance and faith in Christ) and the second the baptism of the Holy Spirit. When the ruach breathes on your dead dry bones and brings you back to the Father

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things John 3:7-10

Jesus is saying to Nicodemus, you should be suprised that you must be Rebon of The Spirit, “How can you be a teacher of Israel, and not know these things?” There are many today who still dont understand, you must become Born Again to be saved

We are dead in our sin, we must be brought back to life and reconciled back to our Father. Nobody can do this by their own works, its only by Christ alone can you be saved, Amen!