Wednesday, 1 April 2015
But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. 1 Corinthians 15:38
As noted in the preceding verse, God originally created the trees and plants and each contained seed according to its nature. This was seen in Genesis 1:11, 12. Likewise, the other life which was described in the original creation account was “according to it own kind.” This included the sea creatures, the creeping things, the beasts of the earth, and even man. Each thing reproduces after its own kind.
This precept dismisses both a long-term creation and any sort of evolution. The trees were created, not evolved, and they were created as fully functioning and capable-of-reproducing because they bore their seed. The same is true with each form of animal life. Paul’s words bear this out. These things didn’t “evolve” into what they are. Rather, he says, “But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.”
And not only is this true at the original creation, but it is true with the resurrection. The form of the resurrection body is according to the pleasure of God. The same life that went into the ground as a seed will spring forth anew with the body that God chooses for it. Likewise, the same life of the person that was planted in the ground at burial will spring forth anew with the resurrection body that God has prepared for it.
Life application: 1) We will not “evolve” into a resurrection body. Instead, God has prepared one for us, and this is what we will wear in our eternal walk in His presence. 2) Whatever this body will be like, it will be wonderful. Be prepared to be amazed!
Lord God, if You have prepared such an intricate and marvelous body for me as I walk in this fallen world, then how much more magnificent will the body be that You have chosen for my eternal walk in Your presence! I long to be adorned in these eternal garments and to be clothed in Your righteousness. No fear here, great things lie ahead! Even so, come Lord Jesus! Amen.