I Corinthians 15:42-49 (NAS): So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.
Technically, Adam’s fall was God ordained. Adam had to fall in his natural body so as to find and receive his spirit-man while continuing to live in his mortal shell. Our natural origin is of the earth like Adam. Through death to our fleshly nature we can receive life from the heavenly origin through the life-giving Spirit. Once we receive Christ, our origin changes while we still inhabit a natural body; hence we are “strangers” in this land.
Our origin is now from the Kingdom of Heaven and not from earth. We are to take extra good care of the physical body while in it; it’s called good stewardship. We are to dress it respectfully; it is the temple of the living God. Our body is the necessary packaging God needs to perform in the earthly realm. We are not to mutilate it, maim it or hurt it in any way. The difference now is that we care for it on His behalf instead of our own.
This is from my 2nd edition of my book, What Was God Thinking? Why Adam Had To Die. We’ll pick up here next week as we continue with “Dead Flesh, Living Spirit.” If you are interested in reading more, you can order my books at the link below, go through my website, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf