Thought of the Day September 7, 2023 Immortal and incorruptible

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"Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For that which is corruptible must clothe itself with incorruptibility, and that which is mortal must clothe itself with immortality. And when this which is corruptible clothes itself with incorruptibility and this which is mortal clothes itself with immortality, then the word that is written shall come about: “Death is swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." (1 Cor 15: 51-58)

It is hard sometimes for us to embrace our mortality. As human beings our existence in this life will come to an end. But our existence will continue in eternity. This is the mystery Paul reminds us of. We were not created for nothingness. We were created to be God's adopted sons and daughters and to share in his divine life eternally. Unfortunately, the sin of Adam and Eve put a block in this process, but a block that was removed by the death and resurrection of Jesus. But just as Adam and Eve put a block, so now we can put a block by again alienating ourselves from God through personal sin and dying in this alienation. Or we can cling to the mercy of God and live in relationship with God so that our mortality will change into immortality and our corruptible body will become a glorified incorruptible body through the grace of God. 

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