The Changing!

 “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:51-52)

 

It must be understood that the physical body we have now, must be changed in order for it to be raised incorruptible. This is a logical statement, in that, what we have now is a physical body that will die. Therefore, in order for us to be raised as incorruptible, there must be a change that takes place. This is the essence of what Paul is telling us in this mystery. Not every Christian will die, but we will all be changed into a different body. “The living will receive a body that is not subject to death. Satan’s apparent victories in the Garden of Eden and at the cross were reversed by Jesus’ death and resurrection.” (1)

This is the same thing that we see happening with Jesus. He is raised from the dead. He has the same body but it is changed. For example, He tells the disciples to behold the place where the nails went in and the place where the spear was stuck in His side. (John 20:27) It was the same body, and yet, it was different. It had been changed. Thus, Christ is called the “first fruits of the dead.” (I Corinthians 15:20) He was the first to be raised with the new spiritual body. Paul tells us in this mystery, that this will happen in a moment. He uses the Greek word “atmos.” (Strongs 823) “The word is a compound word and when used here of time, it represents an extremely short unit of time, a flash, an instant, a unit of time that cannot be divided. An atomic second.” (1) This change will happen rapidly and simultaneously to every believer who is alive at the return of Messiah. The dead will rise first and then the living will not die, but be changed. This is another mystery of the kingdom.

“The putting off of the corruptible body for an incorruptible by an instantaneous change like the beautiful butterfly bursting from its larva envelope into the sunlight will, in the case of “the quick” be equivalent to death, appointed to all men. Of this Enoch and Elijah are types. The “we” implies that Christians in that age and every successive age since were designed to stand waiting, as if Christ might come in their time, and they be found among “the quick.” (2)

 

 

Endnotes

1. Radmacher, Earl, The Nelson Study Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, 1997, page 1940

2. Hayford, Jack, The Spirit Filled Life Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, 1991, page 1745.

3. Jamieson, Robert; Faussett, A.R.; Brown, David, A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, Hendrickson Publishing, Peabody Mass, 2002 second printing, volume 3 page 333.

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