Day 46: Seeking First His Kingdom (61 days of worry-free devotions)

Yesterday I pictured Jesus falling into his throne like I’d fall into a recliner after moving day. But that was only a metaphor and how he might have felt here on Earth. When he really takes his throne in heaven, he’ll have a body impervious to exhaustion. I actually picture him taking his throne regally, in full strength.

And we’ll have those bodies, too! 1 Corinthians chapter 15 is all about how the dead will be resurrected. In verse 35 Paul imagines the Corinthians asking how this could possibly work, and his answer follows. Here are a few of the verses.

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body. (v. 42)

Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. (v. 50)

For the perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (v. 53-55)

Our eternity depends on imperishable bodies. Paul spends these and the surrounding verses explaining how and why it happens. For me it’s easy to believe, but I was raised talking about the New Testament and eternity. The bodies we have here on Earth are so implausible, that these future imperishable bodies aren’t that much harder to believe. It’s easy for me to believe, and to say “goodbye dental appointments, goodbye shoulder aches, goodbye other problems I don’t want to mention.” For these people the concept may have been a bit foreign. But (and here’s the kingdom statement I’ll use to replace my worries today) FLESH AND BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

M.L. Millard

*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.

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