Tonight the Bible takes me to Corinthians (actually,, I must confess it first opened to Revelations — but I cannot yet make heads or tails of it, so I let it open again). In Corinthians, Paul talks about the resurrected body:
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible. It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious. It is sown weak; it is raised powerful. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44
Paul goes on to state:
This I declare, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For that which is corruptible must clothe itself with incorruptibility, and that which is mortal must clothe itself with immortality. And when this which is corruptible clothes itself with incorruptibility and this which is mortal clothes itself with immortality, then the word that is written shall come about:
“Death is swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
We cannot inherit the kingdom of God as flesh and blood. We are corruptible, weak, dishonorable and mortal. We will die corruptible, dishonorable, weak and mortal. (who wants to live forever in this state?) But God will raise us up so that we are incorruptible, glorious, powerful, spiritual and immortal. Only He has power to change us. What a glorious day that will be! I can only imagine — actually I cannot even begin to imagine — a place with no corruption, no dishonor, no weakness, no death — no sin! I think about heaven as this beautiful meadow on a bright sunny day with a peaceful breeze blowing and everyone sipping lemonade on picnic blankets or walking in fields of flowers holding hands. But it is not just a picnic afternoon — it is eternity without sin or weakness, pain or suffering, dishonor or corruption. How glorious will it be! How can we ever be worthy?
Obviously we cannot be, because in our current state we are all of those things, weak and corruptible. But Paul tells us to be steadfast. “For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” God will change us — we do not have to be incorruptible now — He knows we will fail. We just have to keep trying — be steadfast — be firm in our faith in God.
I am corruptible, dishonorable, weak and mortal. I know this. You know this. Help me to be steadfast! I want to be changed by you!