|1 Corinthians 15:53 |
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption,8 and this mortal must put on immortality.
8 The corruptible must put on the incorruptible. We will all be changed in the twinkling of the eye at the last trumpet ... the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. This is true; the last step in a long process of change, (death of the selfish spirit on the inward cross). But before the twinkling-of-an-eye change, we must learn the extent of the evil in our hearts and learn to hate evil so much, that we would never consider returning to our selfish ways. Then we, having been alive in corruption, but dead to the life of God, are raised to the incorruptible and everlasting Life of God. But corruption cannot inherit incorruption; the corruption in us must be seen, detested, abhorred, and finally destroyed. That which shows us our sins, takes them away; as you abide in the cross, as you abide in his word (from within your heart) you are freed from the sin, freed from the corruptible — until at last, at his coming, he crushes the head of Satan under your feet — completely destroying the incorruption, and replacing it with His (Christ's) resurrected spirit in you — the incorruptible.
The journey to the Life of God, the incorruptible, is arduous: through the inward cross of self-denial, fundamental of which is to sit in humble silence while waiting on God as you listen, watch, hear, and then obey.
The cross is also to stand apart from the world; we are in the world, but not part of it. Functioning, but not socializing; rather spending as much time as possible in seeking the Lord: His words, His commands, His encouragements, His correction, His discipline, and His love. From the Word of the Lord within:
- "Every man should retire to his own house until the foundations of the world are destroyed.
- Blessed be those who do not wander about.
- You must stand apart from this fast paced world; you can't be in it.
- In order to succeed, there must be a transformation from one state to another. You start by lowering your actions and words.
- Paul went to the desert for three and one half years, until springtime."
The desert for us is to withdraw from all unnecessary activities in the world, making every effort to add to our faith and enter the rest. We fulfill our obligations to our family and remain employed, but we don't seek financial gain, power, status, prestige, security, entertainment, socializing, or pleasures for the Father knows what you need; and the promise From the Word of the Lord within: "Seek first the kingdom, and all else will be provided — provided you stay on course."
Those who indulge in the pleasures of the world: entertainments, resorts, elegant dining, concerts, socializing, sports, etc., will find their interest in the new wine wanes. To put on the incorruptible, you must starve the corruptible first.