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About-Him.Com Devotional 06-03-2012
Bearing the Image of the Heavenly
1 Corinthians 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
This week I’ve been practicing an old hymn written by the late Bishop G.T. Haywood entitled, We Will Walk Through the Streets of The City, in an effort to record it. We don’t have a decent recording yet, but at least my thoughts have been turned to heaven.
We now walk through the valley and shadow,
Through a world filled with labor and strife
But someday we shall walk with our Savior
Robed in everlasting life.
We shall walk through the streets of the city
Where our loved ones have gone on before
We shall go through the gates of the city
Enter to go out no more
Paul reminds us that we entered this world shaped in the image of our earthly father, Adam. He was created as a son of God, but fell from his lofty position, because of sin. Unfortunately he passed on his stubborn will to each and every one of us (Ro. 5:12). The Psalmist said that we were conceived in sin and shaped in iniquity (Ps. 51:5). Romans reminds us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Ro. 3:23).
When we come to Jesus, we become a new spiritual creation in Him (2 Co. 5:17). However, we still have old Adam to contend with. The apostle Paul was buffeted in his flesh by a messenger of Satan (2 Co. 12:7). He felt that there was no good thing dwelling in his flesh. He didn’t always do the things that he desired to do and sometimes did the things that he would prefer not to do (Ro. 7:14-25). He cried out, "O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"
Of course he gives us the answer in Romans 8:1-9. We have no condemnation if we choose to walk in the Spirit, rather than our flesh. Jesus condemned sin in our flesh by His death on the cross. If we choose to continue to live after the flesh, we will die. If we choose to walk in the Spirit of God, we will live. However, we will have our flesh to contend with until the day that we leave this world. But thank God, a new day is coming when our flesh will be totally annihilated.
1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
How is this going to happen? When the last trumpet sounds, we will be instantaneously changed. We will come out of the grave, but leave our old body and nature behind. Death will be finally conquered when our mortal puts on immortality and our corruption puts on incorruption.
Most of all, we will become totally and absolutely changed into the image of the One who gave His life for us. We will no longer have our old flesh to contend with (1 Cor. 15.51-57).
Having this hope and promise, Paul encourages us to be steadfast, unmovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58 ¶ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Christ's grave was the birthplace of an indestructible belief that death is vanquished and there is life eternal. - Adolph Harnack
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