“And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”—1 Corinthians 15:45 (NKJV)
As I write this, I’m a little under the weather. My little girl
brought home a bug from school, and it has been incubating and
multiplying in our home, inflicting us with scratchy throats and
So much of our time, energy, and resources go toward maintaining,
feeding, clothing, housing, and pampering our bodies. These bodies
decay. There’s no way around this fact—no matter how much we try to
condition, exercise, or get nipped and tucked.
The Bible says that not only is man longing for the return of Christ
and our redemption, but all of creation is waiting for this as well.
When man fell, creation fell with him. Now, man is at odds with creation
and it won’t be until everything is fully delivered that God’s original
intention for true harmony will be restored. Every tree and plant that
is so pleasing to the eye—if left on its own—will fall over to die,
decay, and dissolve back into the earth.
As beautiful as creation is, it is subject to death.
There is a drastic contrast between “a living being” and “life-giving
spirit.” The former rots. This is not news to any of us. The latter
will never die. In resurrection, our bodies will be, in a sense,
raised—animated by the Spirit of God. This is the kind of body Jesus
has, and this is the kind of body we will one day have as His follower.
When the spirit creates our new bodies, they will never wear out.
This is Christlikeness. If we follow Jesus now in a body that is
subject to corruption and degeneration, we will follow Him in our soul’s
restoration and have the same kind of heavenly body He has. That is the
result of knowing Jesus and having a relationship with Him. This is our
future in the likeness of Christ.
What if we started living our futures now? And what if we decided to
scale back the time, energy, and resources that go toward pampering and
improving the “self” that’s dying, and repurposed those resources toward
the healing and redemption of the people we interact with in our world
every day? For us, the future is now. There’s nothing like the present
to be Christ-like.