Wednesday, December 03, 2008

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December 3: 1 Corinthians 15-16

45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:45-29, ESV

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In our world, image is everything! We are most concerned about how others see or perceive us. A politician does not have to be honorable, he just must be perceived as being honorable. It is true, however, that our true nature will, ultimately, be seen; we can only present a false image for so long without being discovered.

In reality, there is only one image that really matters. Paul tells us that we all bear the image of the man of dust, Adam; only those of heaven, however, will bear the image of the man of heaven, Christ Jesus our Lord.

Adam was a man created out of the dust of the earth; when that body of dust was corrupted by sin, all men and women of dust were also conceived in sin. Christ, as the man of the Spirit, also gives the image of the Spirit to all of His children.

Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

How different would our world be if all Christians really took that responsibility seriously. Let us bear the image of Christ in every single aspect of our lives. No other image or perception matters! As a matter of fact, it does not really matter how others view us; it only matters how Christ, who sees the innermost secrets of our hearts, views us.

God Bless You,
Linda

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