By Bill Oldham
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’” 1 Corinthians 15:51-54
There’s not a person living who hasn’t and doesn’t experience on a daily basis the weakness of a corruptible body; and not one has escaped the sorrow that the death of these mortal bodies brings. First it’s our loved ones and then our time comes; everybody dies because everybody lives in a mortal body. But housed within that mortal body is your immortal soul which will never die.
The sacrifice of Christ on the cross took away our sins, our guilt and our condemnation. Jesus stood in our place for the wrath of God against sin. But Christ’s blood was also the price of our redemption. Everything was perfect in the beginning, but when our father Adam sinned, the human race was sold into the slavery of sin and death. And it has been so ever since.
God’s righteousness demanded payment for sin; God Himself, in the person of His Son, stepped up and paid for the sin of the world with His own body and blood on the cross. The blood of Christ is perfect and powerful: it has the power to cleanse a sinner from all his sins and present him faultless before a holy God. It is also the redemption price for sinners.
When Adam sinned, man was separated from fellowship with God, and the human body became mortal and corruptible. The blood of Christ was the price necessary to reconcile man back into fellowship with God; natural man is dead in trespasses and sin. Because He gave Himself to the cross according to the will of the Father, God raised Jesus up as Lord, giving Him all authority over everything in heaven and on earth.
This was all done so that as many as the Lord God would call, might, by calling on the name of the Lord, be saved. Being saved means that the Spirit of God brings a man dead in trespasses and sin back to life, giving him a new heart and nature; he is born again and becomes a new creature in Christ. The blood of Christ was also the price necessary to redeem man’s body.
God made man in His own image and likeness. When Adam sinned, the image was marred and man became a broken vessel. But God, in great love and mercy, from the very beginning, purposed in His heart, that one day, man would be the perfect reflection of God’s image. God, in raising His Son from the dead, made Jesus Christ the first-born of a new race of people.
This new race, of which Christ is the head, are sons and daughters of God, washed from their sins and made holy by the blood of Christ. God works in them according to His good will and purpose for them, which is to form them into the image of Christ, Who is the perfect image of God.
Presently, the children of God are being transformed inwardly but are still housed in a mortal, corruptible body. One day soon, that will all change. God has a day planned for His Son to return and gather His people to Himself. On that day, the children of God’s transformation will be complete as they meet Christ face to face, clothed them with an immortal, incorruptible body. A trumpet call from heaven will announce the moment.
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:2
Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at email@example.com