THE BARE GRAIN
And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
« Paul says our bodies are like “seeds” which “grow” into resurrection bodies. When you bury the body of a believer, you are “sowing” a “seed” that will come out of the earth as a resurrection body. » D G
When that grain, that the listeners knew so well, wheat or barley was sown into the ground it looked so dead. It was so insignifact and ugly like an old person’s decaying hulk. But this was only the husk rotting in the ground. The
When a dry seed comes into contact with moist soil or growing media, the seed begins to take up water through the seed coat. As it takes up more water, the seed expands and the seed coat cracks open. The embryo inside the seed is made up of a small shoot and a small root. The root is the first to emerge from the seed. As it grows, it anchors the plant to the ground, and begins absorbing water through the root. After the root absorbs water, the shoot begins to emerge from the seed.
The outer parts to decompose and produce the means for the inner seed to grow. When the time comes we shall be risen from the grave as a seed in the earth with a new kind of life. But to have the new kind of life the old life must pass. The Body and soul dies so that we can have a new spiritual Body and soul that will never die.
But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
God has decided in the begining to give every kind of seed it own particular body. A corn seed will not produce an apple for example. Nor will a whale sperm produce a monkey. Every seed has its own genus and likeness.
All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
Speaking of the realm of flesh, in this fallen world, there is death. But that was not Gods original plan for man or His Creation. That was mans decision. God created many kinds and a multitude of varieties of species
There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
Now Paul is speaking of another kind or another realm. The heavenly….the spiritual.
Remember what Jesus explained to Nicodemus concerning the Birth from above?
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
So there are two very different kinds of seed. That which is terrestrial or of the earth. And as God said to Adam and Eve after their fall in Gen 3:19 « In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. »
All animals of soul and body including Adam will return to the soil to die. But not the part that God has recreated through the second Adam, the obedient Son JEsus Christ. That seed of Christ is created in each of us when we believe the Gospel news! That part is born from above and is HEavenly and eternal life.
That is like the germ. The holy spirit, the new creation of Christ living in an earthen vessel, that Christ is the green germ in the seed. The Glory and magnificance of the largest sequoias or greatest civilization of man is nothing because it all will die. But the glory of Christ born from the heavens into a man is Eternal. There really is two very different kinds of Glory.
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
« Our resurrection body will be a heavenly (celestial) body, suited for life in heaven, not only life on this earth. » Dave Guzik
« Some take this to mean there will be different degrees of glory for believers in heaven. “Whether there are degrees of glory, as it seems probable, so we shall certainly know, when we come to heaven.” (Trapp)
Just as God created the universe full of galaxies of star and planets, perhaps the new heavens and earth will be full of new heavenly bodies. Our ressurected bodies with different kinds of glory. This is still a mystery. But we do know we shall have a body that is incorruptible, full of glory, full of power and eternal.
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our lowly condition into conformity with [fn]His glorious body, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.Therefore we should live in this dying world waiting for our new home. We have the Hope of this and it depends on our belief in the Ressurection!