There is one flesh of birds, there is one flesh of fish, there is one flesh of the dairy cow, and of course there is one flesh of man. Pity the brook trout for wanting to be an eagle, and pity the poor man for wanting to live his life as a hippo, and pity the bluejay for wanting to walk like an Egyptian camel. Exaggeration? Yeah, that’s kind of the idea.
But that great philosopher, that esteemed teacher, that revered doctor of law and order, that illustrious seamstress, that unequalled apostle, that incomparable pastor, that rare prophet, that decent citizen, that wonderful evangel whose thoughts and words were given him by Another, has also said as much, but without exaggeration.
The 15th of 1 Corinthians is loaded with natural and spiritual gold, a resource not to be taken lightly, but we do, Jew and Gentile, believer and non, evolutionist and creationist, we rarely applaud such matter of fact dogmatism, and find ourselves far too often apologizing for what is not only crystal clear, but demonstrably proven, in 2019.
As if anticipating objections across time, the man of God and naturalist Paul directs us to the simplicity of things that grow; that they are not as they once appeared, because God fitted them, and he reminds us of things seen, and their purpose, which are the foundation of faith. Faith is testable, provable, and repeatable. Anchors are trustworthy.
And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
Ah yes, the cornerstone of good faith is truth, and of course not only do we have Paul’s word, but we have the Lord Himself confirming this. Sowing and reaping as it were, all things in their time. I love how Paul (through inspiration of course) uses nature as a springboard which is necessarily caustic to evolutionists worldwide, and how with one stroke of the pen, says ‘adios’ to atheism never to return.
Birds, fish, beasts, men, heavenly bodies, each having a purpose, with none stepping on the toes of the other. Each has its own glory. But note the strength of Paul’s point, that while the dead are placed in the ground like a common flower bulb, resembling nothing of the flower to be, so too is the life of man to be, and this example in the faith of the flower, naturally teaches us ‘we shall rise again,’ but differently, just as nature demands and proves, time and time again.
But with WHAT body shall we be? Who cares? God can be trusted, after all, He surely did not ask for my help in constructing the earth so it can be contained in water. (Ah yes, the great ice circumference, holding in place ALL the oceans of the world, now that is supernatural, but I digress.) So yes, both the bulb, and the flower, are equally beautiful, in their time. God’s got this thing, after all, He is the Lord of the living and the dead.