Thursday, August 12, 2021
Fourth Day of the Fast of Assumption
I Corinthians 15:34-49
I Corinthians 15:34-49
 Come to your right mind, and sin no more. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.
 But some one will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?”
 You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
 And what you sow is not the body which is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.
 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
 For not all flesh is alike, but there is one kind for men, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.
 There are celestial bodies and there are terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable.
 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
 It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.
 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
 But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physical, and then the spiritual.
 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
 As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven.
 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat.
 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for people were saying, “He is beside himself.”
 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Be-el’zebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.”
 And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?
 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.
 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then indeed he may plunder his house.
 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” —
 for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
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