THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A tailor in New York uses the apple as his trademark.
He explains, "If it weren't for the apple, where would we be today in respect to clothing?"
1 Cor 15:47-49
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly,
such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image
of the heavenly.
Adam was of "the earth, earthy."
Jesus is "the Lord from heaven."
Though our Lord bore the "image" of the "earthy" for awhile, He IS "the heavenly."
And such are those who are born again by His cleansing blood and Holy Spirit!
Christians HAVE borne the "image" of the "earthy,"
but WILL bear the image of "the heavenly."
Can you imagine it?
But it is TRUE!
Though we cannot comprehend the totality of the change, it WILL take place!
God has already given us "glory" in these earthly bodies.
We are, after all, made in the "image" of His likeness.
And we are given dominion over the earth, even though we have
all willingly abdicated our righteous position by sinfulness.
But one blessed day, God will change our bodies and make them like Christ.
For Jesus Himself said, "because I live, ye shall live also." (John 14:19)
And the manner in which He lives shall also be the manner in which we live.
What a glorious day that will be!!
For the truly saved, the change is even beginning today.
Yes, you are "earthy," but you are also "OF the heavenly."
"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the
Spirit of the Lord." (2 Cor 3:18)
God's Holy Spirit is making changes in His saved people a little at a time.
As we constantly look toward Christ our Lord, He first changes our desires.
And when desires change, then actions begin to change.
Is your life reflecting the changes God's Holy Spirit is making in you?
Be careful that you are not so earthly bound to be of no heavenly use.
Be careful that you are not so heavenly minded as to be of no earthly use.