S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?” What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting. Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed. Similarly there are different kinds of flesh—one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.
There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the glory of the earthly bodies. The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory.
It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies. 1 Corinthians 15:35–44 NLT
Sermon Insight: It’s a long road from Adam to Jesus. In many ways, we still feel the weight of that difference – the difference between who we are and who we were meant to be.
How does this Scripture give you hope, both for this life (living a “new life” through Jesus) and for the next life in Heaven with Jesus?
Baptism is acting out what you did in your repentance: you died to your own control and gave God permission to raise you to live a new life. How is this completely different from simply “striving to be a good person”?
How can these truths help you be truly thankful to Jesus?
Lord, thank you for giving me the gift of life and helping me become the person you created me to be! Teach me what to “plant” so that I can bring you glory!