September 15th, 2022

September 15, 2022

Today's Reading:

New Testament & Psalms Plan: 1 Corinthians 15:35–58, Psalm 106:6–13
Entire Bible Plan: 1 Corinthians 15:35–58, Psalm 106:6–13, Proverbs 22:17–24:22

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The Nature of the Resurrection Body

But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have when they come?" You fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And as for what you sow—you are not sowing the body that will be, but only a seed, perhaps of wheat or another grain. But God gives it a body as he wants, and to each of the seeds its own body. Not all flesh is the same flesh; there is one flesh for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is different from that of the earthly ones. There is a splendor of the sun, another of the moon, and another of the stars; in fact, one star differs from another star in splendor. So it is with the resurrection of the dead: Sown in corruption, raised in incorruption; sown in dishonor, raised in glory; sown in weakness, raised in power; sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written, The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, then the spiritual.

The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. Like the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; like the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Victorious Resurrection

What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor can corruption inherit incorruption. Listen, I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place:

Death has been swallowed up in victory.
Where, death, is your victory?
Where, death, is your sting?

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord's work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Scripture quotations have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Scripture quotations have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.
Words of the Wise

Listen closely, pay attention to the words of the wise,
and apply your mind to my knowledge.
For it is pleasing if you keep them within you
and if they are constantly on your lips.
I have instructed you today—even you—
so that your confidence may be in the Lord.
Haven't I written for you thirty sayings
about counsel and knowledge,
in order to teach you true and reliable words,
so that you may give a dependable report
to those who sent you?

Don't rob a poor person because he is poor,
and don't crush the oppressed at the city gate,
for the Lord will champion their cause
and will plunder those who plunder them.

Don't make friends with an angry person,
and don't be a companion of a hot-tempered one,
or you will learn his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.

Don't be one of those who enter agreements,
who put up security for loans.
If you have nothing with which to pay,
even your bed will be taken from under you.

Don't move an ancient boundary marker
that your ancestors set up.

Do you see a person skilled in his work?
He will stand in the presence of kings.
He will not stand in the presence of the unknown.

When you sit down to dine with a ruler,
consider carefully what is before you,
and put a knife to your throat
if you have a big appetite;
don't desire his choice food,
for that food is deceptive.

Don't wear yourself out to get rich;
because you know better, stop!
As soon as your eyes fly to it, it disappears,
for it makes wings for itself
and flies like an eagle to the sky.

Don't eat a stingy person's bread,
and don't desire his choice food,
for it's like someone calculating inwardly.
"Eat and drink," he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit the little you've eaten
and waste your pleasant words.

Don't speak to a fool,
for he will despise the insight of your words.

Don't move an ancient boundary marker,
and don't encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
for their Redeemer is strong,
and he will champion their cause against you.

Apply yourself to discipline
and listen to words of knowledge.

Don't withhold discipline from a youth;
if you punish him with a rod, he will not die.
Punish him with a rod,
and you will rescue his life from Sheol.

My son, if your heart is wise,
my heart will indeed rejoice.
My innermost being will celebrate
when your lips say what is right.

Don't let your heart envy sinners;
instead, always fear the Lord.
For then you will have a future,
and your hope will not be dashed.

Listen, my son, and be wise;
keep your mind on the right course.
Don't associate with those who drink too much wine
or with those who gorge themselves on meat.
For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor,
and grogginess will clothe them in rags.

Listen to your father who gave you life,
and don't despise your mother when she is old.
Buy—and do not sell—truth,
wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly,
and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him.
Let your father and mother have joy,
and let her who gave birth to you rejoice.

My son, give me your heart,
and let your eyes observe my ways.
For a prostitute is a deep pit,
and a wayward woman is a narrow well;
indeed, she sets an ambush like a robber
and increases the number of unfaithful people.

Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has conflicts? Who has complaints?
Who has wounds for no reason?
Who has red eyes?
Those who linger over wine;
those who go looking for mixed wine.
Don't gaze at wine because it is red,
because it gleams in the cup
and goes down smoothly.
In the end it bites like a snake
and stings like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange things,
and you will say absurd things.
You'll be like someone sleeping out at sea
or lying down on the top of a ship's mast.
"They struck me, but I feel no pain!
They beat me, but I didn't know it!
When will I wake up?
I'll look for another drink."

Don't envy the evil
or desire to be with them,
for their hearts plan violence,
and their words stir up trouble.

A house is built by wisdom,
and it is established by understanding;
by knowledge the rooms are filled
with every precious and beautiful treasure.

A wise warrior is better than a strong one,
and a man of knowledge than one of strength;
for you should wage war with sound guidance—
victory comes with many counselors.

Wisdom is inaccessible to a fool;
he does not open his mouth at the city gate.
The one who plots evil
will be called a schemer.
A foolish scheme is sin,
and a mocker is detestable to people.

If you do nothing in a difficult time,
your strength is limited.
Rescue those being taken off to death,
and save those stumbling toward slaughter.
If you say, "But we didn't know about this,"
won't he who weighs hearts consider it?
Won't he who protects your life know?
Won't he repay a person according to his work?

Eat honey, my son, for it is good,
and the honeycomb is sweet to your palate;
realize that wisdom is the same for you.
If you find it, you will have a future,
and your hope will never fade.

Don't set an ambush, you wicked one,
at the camp of the righteous man;
don't destroy his dwelling.
Though a righteous person falls seven times,
he will get up,
but the wicked will stumble into ruin.

Don't gloat when your enemy falls,
and don't let your heart rejoice when he stumbles,
or the Lord will see, be displeased,
and turn his wrath away from him.

Don't be agitated by evildoers,
and don't envy the wicked.
For the evil have no future;
the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

My son, fear the Lord, as well as the king,
and don't associate with rebels,
for destruction will come suddenly from them;
who knows what distress these two can bring?

Scripture quotations have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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