Spiritual Intelligence: You Only Live Twice

There are also celestial bodies and 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, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.

So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, 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. And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

Wow! This man is way beyond his time. Over the centuries Paul’s writing has provided theologians (students of the bible in general) with materials for contemporary themes. Built on spiritual foundations, he has way of craftily creating a tapestry with threads like; science, history, philosophy, anthropology, biology, cosmology, social and cultural norms, and popular culture.., in creating timeless scriptural models for his audience.

Good morning friends. The foreknowledge of God must have had an eye on Paul, with a view to snap him up as soon as the opportunity presented itself. You see friends, like most of us today, the early disciples were a bit cagy with the preaching of the gospel. Their focus was on the lower hanging fruits (Jews in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas), in fact God had to speak to Peter through a vision to undo this paradigm. Let’s have a look at this beautiful account as captured by our friend Luke:

The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”

But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”

And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.

With that in mind dear friends, let’s skip back to our opening verses. We see the master crafter expounding on what Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik later wrote about in his book, The Lonely Man Of Faith. In this book Soloveitchik explored the concept of Adam1, and Adam2, and their various attributes. The first a life giver, the second a spirit giver. Both of equal importance and are inseparable except by death. But even then, our actions while we were alive remains with us; forming the basis of our reward or condemnation when we are judged.

So, we live first as natural beings, then eternally as spiritual beings; therefore, you my friend Only Live Twice.


~ Sabali

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