WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016
Key Bible Verse: When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:54, NIV)
Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
If we are not careful, we can interpret God by our present sufferings. We can conclude that God does not care or is not powerful because of what we face in our present existence. But when we factor in the resurrection of Jesus and our future resurrection, it completely changes our perspective.
Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (NIV et al.). [This glory] is certainly our future life in the new heaven and new earth promised in the Old Testament (see Isa. 65:17-19).
Paul seems to allude to this in Romans 8:21 when he says that “the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” The wonder is that this glory “will be revealed in us” (v. 18). So we will not share in creation’s glory as much as creation will share in our glory. Our future glory is certain because God’s Spirit will one day give life to our mortal bodies – just as he raised Jesus from death – so that our present suffering will give way to a life of glory in God’s new heaven and earth.
– Steven Mathewson in Risen
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