The Body of Man in the Grave

Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:  1 Corinthians 15:36

The apostle compares the body of man that is laid in the grave, to Seed that is Sown.

Parallels

  • Seed that is Sown lies some considerable time in the earth before it rises or springs up:  so the bodies of men lie some time in the grave before the resurrection, though some lie much longer than others; as such who lived in Adam’s, Noah’s, and Abraham’s days; yet generally all lie, and shall lie some time in the grave, before they rise again.
  • Seed, that it may not abide alone, is first Sown and dies, and then it rises again; “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”  John 12:24. So the body of man must die, or be changed, or it can never arise nor be made glorious to bring forth the eternal fruit of praise to God.  As Seed loses nothing by being Sown:  so the Bodies of the saints shall lose nothing by death; death, I mean, will be no ways to their disadvantage, but contrariwise to their great benefit.
  • The body of the same seed or corn of wheat that is sown, rises again.  “But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.”  1 Corinthians 15:38.  So the same numerical body that is laid in the grave, shall rise again.  If it was not thus, the dead rise not; he that denies this, denies the resurrection of the dead:  “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”  Job 19:26-27

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Benjamin Keech

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 24:10

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.