Posted by: missionventureministries | February 8, 2018

OUR HEAVENLY CALLING – 1 Corinthians 15:45-49

And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (1 Corinthians 15:45-49) 

Here Paul writes about the first Adam and the last Adam, Jesus; and he quotes Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. 

The soul and the spirit are connected, but separable (Hebrews 4:12). The soul is the essence of humanity’s being; it is who we are, while the spirit is the element in humanity that gives us the ability to have an intimate relationship with God. Whenever the word spirit is used, it refers to the immaterial part of humanity that “connects” with God, who Himself is spirit, “God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). 

God himself, breathed life into the first Adam, and the joining together of spirit and body produced another phenomenon called the “soul,” the personality. It is the presence of a spirit in a body that creates the soul and allows a person to function as a human being with mind, emotion, and will. That is what the first Adam was. 

When Adam sinned the Holy Spirit that dwelt in the human spirit of Adam was withdrawn, and the human spirit was as though it was lifeless and dead. Man, therefore, was governed by his soul, the highest part of his being, which can feel, touch, taste, reason and think, but it has no contact with anything heavenly. It is “dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1). We were all born that way. Every human being when born is a child of the first Adam by nature. 

Then came the last Adam; Jesus, a life-giving Spirit, and as a Spirit, He indwells, by faith in our human spirits when we receive Him and open up our life to obeying and loving Him as our Lord and Savior. He regenerates our human spirit, and He now lives in us and begins to impart life to the soul again, to recapture the mind, the emotions and the will and bring them back under subjection to His Lordship. So we begin to experience in our life, the joy of being once again in fellowship with God who made us and longs to have a relationship with us, as it was in the beginning before the fall in the Garden of Eden. 

As true born again Christians we are just passing through this world on our journey to the permanent home awaiting us in heaven (Philippians 3:20-21). Christ has prepared a “place” for us there (John 14:2), and it is there that we have “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4). 

In view of such a glorious future, we ought to live not as those who are “earthy” but, as our verse says, as “they also that are heavenly.” We have, indeed, been made “partakers of the heavenly calling,” and should always, in all we do, “consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession” (Hebrews 3:1), for He represents us even now in the heavenly places. He has gone “but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” (Hebrews 9:24), and we have, in effect, already been made to “sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). 

We may not appear to be very heavenly now, in these poor bodies made of Earth’s dust, but “as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Corinthians 15:49).

However, Paul vividly expresses the desires of the true Christians, “for our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:20-21). And remembering that “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52). 

Christians, indeed, are a heavenly people with a heavenly calling, even while still on Earth. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). 

Are you on your way to heaven? Have you opened your heart to Him? Have you received the Lord Jesus Christ into your human soul so that you have the hope expressed here of becoming body, soul, and spirit, that God intended you to be? 

If you have any doubt about your salvation or how to get saved, we have great news for you. God wants to remove all your doubts and give you absolute certainty! God intends all believers to have perfect security in their relationship to Him. The following Scriptures prove this. 

  • “These thing have I written to you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

Here are Biblical Indicators of Salvation: 

True Christians are drawn to God and Jesus when they begin to see God’s Holiness and dignity. 

  1. Genuine Christians testify to a real and personal relationship with Christ.
  • “And this is life eternal that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

True salvation is far more than mentally believing facts “about” God. It is actually knowing God in a life-changing personal relationship. 

  1. Saved people have experienced genuine conviction of sin and trust Christ alone for eternal life.
  • “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8).
  • “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

No one is saved by intellect. Neither can anyone be saved by just being in church or around Christian people. No one is saved by being a good person. You must be personally convicted of sin and drawn to Christ by the Holy Spirit. There must be a time when you personally prayed and trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior. Saved persons can readily testify to this reality in their lives. 

  1. A genuine Christian possesses a supernatural assurance they are saved and forgiven of their sins.
  • “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16).

This does not mean you never have any doubt, but it does mean a prevailing peace will overshadow any momentary doubts. 

  1. Children of God exhibit a yearning for spiritual growth and a strong desire to turn from sin.
  • “And every man that hath this hope in Him purifies himself, even as He is pure” (1 John 3:3).
  • “Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9).

The Bible describes salvation as a life-changing experience. Put simply, if someone can consistently live in sin without deep sorrow, they are not saved. On the opposite, when saved people commit a willful sin, they feel utterly miserable. 

  1. Genuine Christians sense God’s presence and hear His voice in their life.
  • “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

Because salvation is a personal relationship, true believers regularly experience the voice of Christ in their life. If God never speaks to your heart, you have reason for deep concern. If you have no desire for prayer and the Bible makes little sense to you, it is very possible you don’t know the Savior. 

  1. True Christians have a love for the church and the people of God.
  • “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loves not his brother abides in death” (1 John 3:14).

Perhaps the greatest mark of a saved person is a loving compassionate spirit. If you consistently lack any desire to worship and be with God’s people, there is strong reason to question your salvation (1 John 2:19). 

  1. Most saved people can describe a “before and after” in terms of their salvation.
  • “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

To be born again is the most powerful transformation in human experience. Put simply, it is very doubtful that old things could pass way and all things become new and you not know it! 

Please know that even though we do not know you personally, God does and we are praying for you.

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