“Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep“ (1 Corinthians 15:20).
After providing abundant proof, in verses 1 to 11, of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Paul goes on to unpack a necessary implication of this reality. The resurrection of Christ is the rock-solid assurance of the final resurrection of the righteous who are in Christ by faith.
Christ is the “firstfruits” of everyone who has died, or will die, in him! “Firstfruits” were the first portion of a harvest, which served as a sample, an indicator of things to come. Similarly, Paul says, when you look at the resurrected Christ you should see his real, glorified body as a foreshadowing of what you will one day enjoy, if you are a believer in Christ.
Dear Christian believer, live every day in the awareness that this life is not all there is to life.
This very body you inhabit will one day – along with your soul – be perfected!
How that puts our physical insecurities and our discouragements about aging into perspective! Any physical deformity or handicap in your body will soon be gone, any decline in your health will soon be fixed forever.
So, yes, take good care of this body you are given so that you might use it to God’s glory as long and as well as possible. But do not put your sense of identity in this current form of your body. If your body is beautiful now, it is nothing compared to what Christ will make you one day; and if your body is feeble in any way now, it will one day be more majestic and mighty than you can even imagine.
Keep this reality in mind next time you see a Photoshopped model on the cover of a magazine and are tempted to follow the advertiser’s temptation to be dissatisfied with your own body. Keep this in mind the next time you look in the mirror and notice a new gray hair or wrinkle. It is God who made your body in the first place, just as he wants you, and it is God who will perfectly remake your body in the same fashion as his Son Jesus Christ.
Christ, who died in our place and rose again for our justification, is the representative sample of all who belong to him!
Every believer in Christ has eternal life and will be raised again in the last day. Walking in that reality today will transform how you view yourself now, and what your hope is for the future.