SEPARATING EARTHLY AND HEAVENLY

Living in an earthly setting, and then reading 1 Corinthians 15, makes for a challenge! 

We are all faced with the realization, as we wake each morning, I have all of these things to get accomplished.  They could be the simplest of challenges, and they could be monumental in our thinking.  The tug of war begins.  What is first on my agenda and what can wait?

As a believer, I know that my first allegiance is to the Lord. Naturally, I remind myself that I am dealing with eternal and earthly decisions.  The earthly things will, in God’s timing, move into obscurity, but not always.  Some of them are more than temporal; they overlap and therefore I have to move them into priority, because they are also spiritual in nature and have a more important role in God’s ultimate program.

The “last enemy that will be abolished” is death.  God is putting all things under His feet according to the Scripture.  Naturally, I am to put every activity subjected to HIM!

“When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.”  By the time we reach verse 31 of First Corinthians, we get a vivid picture about our daily battle: “I die daily!” In reality, though I might picture in my mind that I can separate the two – Spiritual and earthly, that is not really the case.  In the resurrection, according to verse 43 and following: “It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 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.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, The first man, Adam, became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”

Someone said: “Death – A physical incident in an immortal career.”  We must remember: We have been bought with a price… therefore, Glorify God in our body and spirit!  Nothing less!

-Ted

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