Does Earth Mirror Heaven Part 1 of 2
1 Corinthians 15:35 KJV “But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?”
The example God gives us is seeds, “….and to every seed his own body.” 1Corinthians 15:38. The question is about the body, not the seed. What body are the dead raised with? So I considered:
Animals have seeds inside them and so do people. God put a spiritual seed in all of mankind when he created man, Romans 1: 19,20. We all have a spirit, the breath of life. So deep inside, mankind knows there is a true God. They choose to reject or believe God.
When someone gets curious about God, or start seeking God and then they believe God and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour the Holy Spirit quickens or makes alive that seed and it grows just like a tender plant or a baby. At each stage of growth they are vulnerable to different attacks from predators from injury or harm. And so is it was a new believer.
With a plant, tomatoes, corn, beans – man chooses to cultivate , weed and nurture the plant or leave the plant alone – on its own. Eventually, the plant will grow and bring forth either a little yield, a harvest, or weeds will choke it out.
With a baby , most nurture and teach children but children are still vulnerable to injury or harm. Let’s face it, you are not with your child every second of every day. Then the child grows up. The child grown looks nothing like the seed that was originally planted. So is it with the believer.
The new believer grows up and looks nothing like the original seed planted. The difference here though – this is Spirit not flesh or carnal. The laws of nature say you plant a seed it will grow. Whether fruits, vegetables, animals or even human beings you plant a seed it will grow. God planted a spiritual seed in all of mankind so man is without excuse just like Romans 1:19,20 say. So the question is – if all of mankind has a spiritual seed from God, why do some get saved and some don’t?
Remember, the word of God is also seed – Luke 8:11 KJV “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”
When you take the seed of the word of God and you put it with the spiritual seed God planted in you at birth what brings it all to life? Hebrews 4:2 KJV “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it .” Those who by faith truly believe in their heart.
If someone does not believe the word of God they can not have faith because – Romans 10:17 KJV “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
So if one does not believe God’s word, then they can not mix God’s word with faith. And then the spiritual seed God put in them stays dead. And their body will still grow but they are dead to the things of God. And with the constant watering down of God’s word with all these “new” translations, we can understand what the prophet Amos said, Amos 8:11 KJV “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God , that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord :”
But this post is more about the body. When grown up, the tomato seed, corn seed, bean seed, animal seed and even human seed look physically different than when it was planted. These seeds grow and their outward appearance changes as they grow. For the believer, our outward appearance also changes but so does our inward man. Our inward man is renewed day by day.
So let’s look at a potato. Potatoes have white skins, brown skins, red skins, yellow skins. The color of the skin distinguishes what type of potato they are. But peel the skins off. They are pretty much alike. Some are softer some more firm.
The world looks at the outward appearance and judges. God peels the skin off and looks at the inside. And for the believer, the inside is different. Why? Because believers are alive unto God. So God clothes us with a new body. No longer male or female, Jew or Gentile but one in Christ. So do the things of earth mirror the things in heaven? Now that the ground work is laid, we will cover that in Part 2.