“For this corruptible [body] must put on incorruption; and this mortal [body] must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:53)
Sorta sounds like a script for the next Avengers movie, huh? “Regular person turns into super-hero.”
But, this is no movie script. This is Holy SCRIPTure.
Recently, I came down with something out of the pits of hell called a Stomach Virus (the dr said it may have been food-poisoning, he wasn’t sure). All I know is, for the most part, I haven’t felt like doing anything other than wishing I were dead.
I haven’t been this sick in years. So, naturally, there were a number of times (as I lay there moaning and groaning) I thought of the Scripture verse cited above.
Can you imagine?? One day, because of the Cross and the Empty Tomb – no more sickness of any kind – the old will be gone; the new will be realized! No more cancer or clinical depression! No more maladies that appear to stump the best of physicians causing them to say, “We’re just not sure what’s wrong.” No more disease or sickness at all! None! Nada! Zilch!
But it doesn’t end there…
Not only are we rid – forever – of mortal sickness, we’re given the “bodies” we were intended to have before Adam & Eve’s sin in Eden! In the preceding verse to the one cited above, Paul writes: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet…the dead will be raised *incorruptible*, and We. Shall. Be. Changed.” [emphasis mine]
“Instead of addressing teens’ questions, most church youth groups focus on fun and food. The goal seems to be to create emotional attachment using loud music, silly skits, slapstick games — and pizza. But the force of sheer emotional experience will not equip teens to address the ideas they will encounter when they leave home and face the world on their own. A study in Britain found that non-religious parents have a near 100 percent chance of passing on their views to their children, whereas religious parents have only about a 50/50 chance of passing on their views. Clearly, teaching young people to engage critically with secular worldviews is no longer an option. It is a necessary survival skill.”
Nancy Pearcey, from her article, ‘How Critical Thinking Saves Faith’; Pearcey was the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar for several years at the World Journalism Institute. In 2012, she became Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University.
“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Christ] interpreted to them in all the [Old Testament] Scriptures the things concerning himself…These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luke 24:27, 44)
Can you imagine hearing these sermons from Jesus, Himself, expositing the Old Testament (the only Testament at the time) concerning Himself?? It’s no wonder the once dejected disciples became known as the courageous “community of the resurrection.”
In his preface to his Christ in the Old Testament, Charles Spurgeon writes,
“[Christ] is everywhere in Scripture; patriarchs and kings are types of Him who is the Ancient of Days and the Prince of Peace; the Law was but a shadow of good things to come, and the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. The Old Testament was Christ’s Bible, and it is a Bible full of Christ.”
God, the Son, shows up not in the Gospels, but in Genesis 1:1 where He speaks the cosmos into existence. How do we know this? Because the disciple, John, offers the following commentary on Genesis 1:1: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3) In addition, Paul offers the following: “For by [Christ] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:16-17)
The early church fathers described the Bible this way in regard to Christ: “Christ is in the Old Testament concealed; and in the New Testament revealed.”
Interested in further study on this doctrine? Here are some great resources…. nw