1 Corinthians 15:35-38
But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
In these verses Paul is answering the question many nonbelievers and believers ask about the resurrection. It is a very difficult concept for humans to wrap their heads around, especially when asked from a worldly point of view. Even though I have faith and belief in Christ and the resurrection, I still have a hard time understanding what it is or what it will be.
Many dismiss the resurrection as a zombie fantasy.
What is the definition of the word resurrection?
- The rising of Christ from the dead.
- The rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgement.
- The state of one risen from the dead.
Again all of these worldly definitions revert back to the whole idea of zombies clawing their way out of the ground to roam the earth in search of brains.
When I read these verses, especially verses 37 and 38, there was a light shed on my understanding of the resurrection. I don’t profess to know what the resurrection will be, but I think I know a little more after reading these verses.
And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.
God gave us life. Each one of us has a body, a physical body of flesh and blood, a worldly body.
But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
The body is the seed. It has a seed coat, its protective layer that encases the seed. Within the seed coat you have endosperm, a source of food. Finally you have the embryo which is defined as the young multicellular organism before it emerges from the seed.
The embryo is the life of the seed, it’s the reason it exists. It is the spirit, the spirit that makes it a unique thing.
What I realized from reading these verses is this.
Our body, our time in this world is as a seed. A seed which carries and nurtures our embryo, our spirit. Upon the death of our worldly body, the seed will germinate and the embryo, the spirit, makes its way out of the darkness towards the light of God. And there is the resurrection.
If we spend our life denying the spirit, the seed does not germinate.
I have written that heaven and hell are not a place, but a state. Maybe a state of the spirit that has germinated from the seed.
In verse 40 of 1 Corinthians Chapter 15, Paul tells us that the resurrection isn’t about waking up six feet under and clawing your way back into the world.
There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.
You leave the seed coat behind in this world and the spirit germinates into another, another state of which I don’t know.
So now as I think about it and write about it, it seems so simple. Sometimes I just need to write the words to have it make sense.
The spirit will germinate. It will rise from the worldly body, the seed coat that has served its function in this world.
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