1 Corinthians 15:53
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
I Henry Lyte’s classic hymn, “Abide with Me,” he wrote: “Change and decay in all around I see; o Thou who changest not, abide with me.” How right he was! Most of us first learned the word “decay” as children visiting the dentist and hearing about tooth decay. Engineers warn of the decay of our infrastructure, roads, and bridges. City planners talk of urban decay. Philosophers warn of moral decay. The worst decay is what happens to our own bodies. As Job 13:28 puts it, “Man decays like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.”
But the Bible teaches that one day our bodies will be clothed with the incorruptibility of eternal life. The body is sown in corruption, but raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor but raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, but raised in power. One day we’ll put on new bodies and enjoy the glories of resurrection life in the new heavens and new earth. But until then, we’ll abide in Him and be inwardly renewed day to day.
Recommended Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee; in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
From: “Turning Points” Magazine and Devotional