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1 Corinthians 15:48
By the pen of Charles Spurgeon:
Jesus as the head of the church and believers as members of His body have the same nature, unlike the monstrous statue Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. “The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay” (Dan. 2:32 – 33). Yet Christ’s spiritual body is not comprised of such absurd opposites. The members of His body were mortal, therefore Jesus died; the glorified Lord as head of the body is immortal, therefore the body is immortal as well. For the Scripture still stands: “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19). Thus, every single member of the body is like our loving Head. We have a chosen Head and chosen members, an accepted Head and accepted members, and a living Head and living members. Since the Head is of pure gold, the parts of His body are of pure gold. In order to bring the closest possible oneness, God worked a miraculous union of the infinite with the finite.
Dear reader, pause here for a moment and contemplate how the infinite Son of God humbled Himself and thereby exalted you from your state of complete wretchedness into a blessed union with Him and His glory. Can you even consider this without being in utter amazement? As a finite mortal person, you were once so low and ordinary you could have viewed corruption as your father and a mere worm as a member of your family. But in Christ you have been so honored that you can say to the Almighty, “Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:15), and to the incarnate Son of God, “You are my brother and my husband.”
Thus, if being related to ancient families and nobility causes people to think highly of themselves, then we have a much greater reason to glory far above them all. May the poorest and most despised believer take hold of this privilege and not allow a spirit of senseless laziness to cause him to neglect to trace his spiritual lineage. And may he never allow any foolish attachment to worldly things to so occupy his thoughts that it blocks recognition of this glorious heavenly honor of his union with Christ.
By the pen of Jim Reimann:
Paul referred to Jesus as “God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal” (1 Tim. 6:15 – 16). But Paul also gave us this promise: “The dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality” (1 Cor. 15:52 – 53).
This is exactly what Spurgeon is referring to today when he says, “The glorified Lord as head of the body is immortal, therefore the body is immortal.” What an amazing miracle! And it is in complete agreement with these words of John: “What we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
Start your morning today with this glorious thought: “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’ ” (1 Cor. 15:54).
Morning by Morning: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon
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