A. A living soul (Genesis 2:4-7).
- We know that the physical body of a man and a woman is dead when that person’s spirit leaves that fleshly body (James 2:26).
- Life doesn’t end at that point though (I Corinthians 15:45-49).
- Think about it, if you were physically dead what would it take for you to be alive again (I Kings 17:8-24)?
- Think about it, is your physical body going to Heaven (Philippians 3:20-21)?
II. Body: I Corinthians 15:50-58
A. Our lives need to be about the inward man (II Corinthians 4:14-5:1).
- Keep the right perspective about the temporary things of the flesh (Isaiah 40:6-8 and I John 2:15-17).
- Remember that you are designed for eternity in one place or another (John 5:24-29; cf. Matthew 25:31-46).
- In a context showing the contrast of the carnality under the Law of Moses and the spiritual life in Christ, Paul wrote some things that reveals the process of this point (Romans 7:10-25).
- The body wants and that leads to sin if not stopped (James 1:13-16).
- How we value earthly possessions (Psalms 49:6-20, Luke 12:15-21, and I Timothy 6:6-19).
- We don’t look at people carnally [color of skin; wealth; culture; body type, etc.] ; we see saved or lost souls (Acts 24:15).
- We recognize the brother/sister relationship above all earthly relationships because even marriage is not eternal (Mark 12:24-25).
- We look at physical jobs as a means, not as life (I Timothy 5:8 and II Thessalonians 3:10).
- We value what is to come far greater than what is (Romans 6:17-22).
III. Conclusion: While the Spirit of God doesn’t directly work through us today, consider this point: Romans 8:12-13
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