That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
–1 Corinthians 15:36
This week, we are looking at the top 10 questions people have about heaven and what the Bible says. The fifth question is this: “What kind of bodies will we inhabit in the new heaven?” Paul answers that question in 1 Corinthians 15. He uses an agricultural analogy to illustrate this truth. There were some people in the Corinthian church who said that resurrection makes no sense. How can something that has died be brought to life again? Paul says it is very simple if you understand agriculture: “Someone will say, ‘How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?’ You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies” (vv. 35-36). What do you do with a seed? You put it in the ground. What happens to that seed? It dies. Part of agriculture involves the death of a seed, but then it comes to life as something much better than what was buried. Paul continues, “That which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own” (vv. 37-38). When you plant a seed into the ground, you end up with something better than what you planted. The harvest is superior to the seed. Paul says the same is true with the resurrection. Our bodies will be planted into the ground, and then they will bring forth something much better than they originally were. Our resurrected bodies will be superior in many ways to that old body that was planted in the ground. Then Paul adds a second truth: the harvest is superior to the seed, but the harvest is also similar to the seed. You don’t plant a watermelon seed and harvest a kumquat. What you plant is what you get. The harvest in some ways resembles that which was planted. And it’s the same with you and with me. Our resurrected bodies will be so much better than what we have right now. Aren’t you glad we will have a body that is free from sickness and death? But our bodies are not going to be uniform. We are not all going to look like one another.
Question number six: “What age will we be in heaven?” I used to host an annual “Ask the Pastor” event, where people could ask me about any topic. After 25 years, I could anticipate just about every question that was going to be asked, such as, “Where did Cain get his wife?” or “Did Adam have a belly button?” But one year I was stumped. A woman asked, “If a woman is pregnant at the rapture, will she be pregnant throughout eternity?” I paused for a moment, and then I said, “Yes, it’s called hell.” After the laughter subsided, I admitted that was a good question. Will embryos on earth be embryos in heaven? If you are 10 on earth, will you be 10 in heaven? If you are a senior adult when you die, will you be looking for the AARP at the pearly gates? What age will we be in heaven? Some people have postulated that we will be the same age Jesus was when he started His ministry: 30 years old. That is complete conjecture. The fact is, we don’t know what age we will be in heaven.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “The Truth About Heaven” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2015.
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