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1 Corinthians 15:35-57 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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35 Some skeptic is sure to ask, "Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this 'resurrection body' look like?" 35 But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?"
36 If you look at this question closely, you realize how absurd it is. There are no diagrams for this kind of thing. 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
37 We do have a parallel experience in gardening. You plant a "dead" seed; soon there is a flourishing plant. There is no visual likeness between seed and plant. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.
38 You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking at a tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it don't look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.
39 You will notice that the variety of bodies is stunning. Just as there are different kinds of seeds, there are different kinds of bodies - humans, animals, birds, fish - each unprecedented in its form. 39 All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.
40 You get a hint at the diversity of resurrection glory by looking at the diversity of bodies not only on earth but in the skies - sun, moon, stars - all these varieties of beauty and brightness. And we're only looking at pre-resurrection "seeds" - who can imagine what the resurrection "plants" will be like! 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.
42 This image of planting a dead seed and raising a live plant is a mere sketch at best, but perhaps it will help in approaching the mystery of the resurrection body - but only if you keep in mind that when we're raised, we're raised for good, alive forever! 42 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
43 The corpse that's planted is no beauty, but when it's raised, it's glorious. Put in the ground weak, it comes up powerful. 43 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;
44 The seed sown is natural; the seed grown is supernatural - same seed, same body, but what a difference from when it goes down in physical mortality to when it is raised up in spiritual immortality! 44 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
45 We follow this sequence in Scripture: The First Adam received life, the Last Adam is a life-giving Spirit. 45 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
46 Physical life comes first, then spiritual - 46 So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.
47 a firm base shaped from the earth, a final completion coming out of heaven. 47 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.
48 The First Man was made out of earth, and people since then are earthy; the Second Man was made out of heaven, and people now can be heavenly. 48 The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.
49 In the same way that we've worked from our earthy origins, let's embrace our heavenly ends. 49 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
50 I need to emphasize, friends, that our natural, earthy lives don't in themselves lead us by their very nature into the kingdom of God. Their very "nature" is to die, so how could they "naturally" end up in the Life kingdom? 50 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
51 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I'll probably never fully understand. We're not all going to die - but we are all going to be changed. 51 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
52 You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes - it's over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we'll all be changed. 52 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--
53 In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. 53 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
54 Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! 54 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
55 Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now? 55 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."
56 It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. 56 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
57 But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three - sin, guilt, death - are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! 57 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.