Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven. Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking 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 15.49-52
Adam was the first man that God created. He was created out of the dust of the earth. Upon his death, his body returned to dust. This is true of almost every human being with few exceptions. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, which is spiritual. Our perishable body is not compatible with the heavenly kingdom.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians to encourage them to be firm in their faith. Not all Christians will die before the Lord returns. His return will be like a thief that comes in the night, 2 Peter 3.10. Unexpected! At that time, in the blink of an eye, those who are still alive will be changed and given a body that is imperishable, one that can pass into eternity and inherit the kingdom of God.
Paul’s message to Christians was to stand firm and not be moved from your faith. For just as your earthly body was like that of Adam, you will be given a heavenly body like the one from heaven.