February 21

1 Corinthians 15:35-38

“And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.” vss. 37-38

The Corinthians had many questions about resurrection for Paul and sometimes he gets a little testy in his answers. He thinks that if they were only logical they could figure things out. In this instance, as he attempts to describe our resurrected bodies he uses nature as an analogy. He has noted that the seeds we sow in the ground bear no resemblance at all to the mature plant. A carrot seed does not look like a carrot! God gives to each seed a new and different kind of body. For Paul it makes sense then to believe that our bodies in the resurrection will be nothing like the ones we have now. When we enter into new life everything will be different and we don’t have a clue now what that existence will be like. We know that we will be in Christ, but there’s no way for us to even describe what that’s like. We can describe a carrot seed and we do know what a carrot looks like. Obviously they are different. We know what our bodies are like in this life…but there are no words to describe what they’ll be like in the next. The best we can say is that we will know perfect peace…and really, that’s enough!

Thought for the Day: What metaphors do I use to describe life after death?

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