Union with Christ is a tremendous blessing and honor. Today’s Morning and Evening focuses on that reality. We are men of dust and heaven. What a glorious thought! The verse that follows this morning’s devotional says,
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 15:49
We all know what it’s like to bear Adam’s image. The day is coming when we shall bear the image of Christ. That image will never see sickness, grow old, or die. Just as Christ was raised from the dead, we too shall experience resurrection. Previously, in the same flow of thought, Paul wrote,
So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
- It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory.
- It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
- It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. — 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
Our dishonorable, weak, natural bodies will someday perish and give way to glorious, powerful, spiritual bodies. This is a future promise and present reality. A future promise… because a perishable husk of dust is still with those of us who walk the earth. A present reality… because we have already died to this world and our lives are hidden with Christ (Col 3:3). As Colossians 3:4 states,
When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
The future is bright for those who are found in Christ. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. Here is Alistair Begg’s paraphrase of the Spurgeon classic.
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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. — 1 Corinthians 15:48
The head and members are of one nature, and not like that monstrous image that Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. The head was of fine gold, but the belly and thighs were of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet partly of iron and partly of clay. Christ’s mystical body is no absurd combination of opposites. The members were mortal, and therefore Jesus died; the glorified head is immortal, and therefore the body is immortal too, as the record states: “Because I live, you also will live.”1
As is our loving Head, so is His body, and every member in particular. A chosen Head, therefore chosen members; an accepted Head, therefore accepted members; a living Head, therefore living members. If the head is pure gold, all the parts of the body are pure gold also. There is a double union of nature as a basis for the closest communion.
Pause here, devout reader, and see if you can contemplate the infinite condescension of the Son of God in exalting your wretchedness into blessed union with His glory without being overwhelmed by the wonder of it. You are so feeble and poor that in remembering your mortality, you may say to decay, “You are my father,” and to the worm, “You are my sister”; and yet in Christ you are so honored that you can say to the Almighty, “Abba, Father” and to the Incarnate God, “You are my Brother and my Husband.”
Surely if relationships to ancient and noble families make men think highly of themselves, we have more cause to glory than all of them. Let the poorest and most despised believer take hold upon this privilege; do not let an unthinking laziness prevent him from tracing his pedigree, and do not let him focus so much on the here and now that he fails to think profitably of this glorious, heavenly honor of union with Christ.
1 John 14:19