SUNDAY JANUARY 13, 2019
THEME: THE IMPERISHABLE BODY
TEXT: 1COR. 15:42-58
42. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56. The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
28. And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 29. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. 30. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31. Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 32. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.
Transfiguration is said to mean “a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.” The experience of Jesus Christ on a mountain when He took with Himself Peter, James and John adequately describes what transfiguration is. As Luke 9:29 reports, “As He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning” (Luke 9:29). This was a very glorious and spiritual experience and the three disciples saw it.
It did not end there; a voice of God confirmed Jesus Christ, ‘This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him’ (Luke 9:35NIV). They were speechless after this encounter. In the gospels, we read how Jesus Christ is glorified by the Father and also how He will come in glory with the holy angels (Matt. 16:17; Luke 21:17; john 1:14; John 17:24). The glory of Jesus Christ is not an earthly one but from heaven – something he has with the Father.
A glimpse of the glory of Jesus was shown to the disciples and they were dazed. God also showed His glory to Moses and the Israelites as Sinai and they could not withstand it. God’s design is to take us into His glory through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (John 11:40; 17:24). We have a duty to believe in the Lord for us to have a taste of His glory. In fact, this encounter does not come of our own accord but from the Lord Himself, through the Holy Spirit. He purifies us until we conform with the image of God. (2Cor. 3:18).
The final glory will come when Christ returns for the second and the last time. And if you hope in the second coming of Christ, you will not rest on your oars, but diligently and steadfastly seek and worship Him and purify yourself. (1John 3:3)
HYMN EMHB 823
1: OUR life is hid with Christ in God;
Our Life shall soon appear,
And shed His glory all abroad
In all His members here.
2: Our souls are in His mighty hand,
And He shall keep them still;
And you and I shall surely stand
With Him on Zion’s hill.
3: O what a joyful meeting there!
In robes of white arrayed,
Palms in our hands we all shall bear,
And crowns upon our head.
4: Then let us lawfully contend,
And fight our passage through :
Bear in our faithful minds the end,
And keep the prize in view.
2Cor. 5:1 “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands”
Lord keep and make me ready for Your glorious second coming in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.
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