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Is God's miracle of resurrectin people any greater than His miracle of originally creating them or granting conception of human life? Why not?


When speaking of true believers, Paul writes, "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change OUT vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto HimseIr' (Philippians 3:20-21). This passage testifies of a dramatic change taking place -a change of a vile body into a glorious one.

    "I do not understand how the resurrection is possible; what is buried in the ground stays there. Also I do not see how you can speak of the earthly body and the resurrected, heavenly body of a saint as being the same body," a visitor commented to a minister after hearing him preach about the resurrection. "The one is very different from, and far greater than, the other."

    "Martin, can you understand how an acorn can spring to life after lying all winter in the ground? If you looked at an acorn and a beautiful, towering oak tree, you might also have a difficult time trying to believe that they are the same in essence, don't you think? Yet, they are the same.

    "Paul uses this type of example to illustrate the same essence yet great changes that will be present in the resurrected bodies of saints. Let's read it together from I Corinthians 15:35-38 and verses 42-44, 'But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 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, but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him, and to every seed his own body. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.' "

    How are these illustrations helpful? How do they fall short of the resurrection miracle?

When confronted by unbelievers in God's power to raise people from the dead who had died many years ago, a minister often told the following story:


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