Reflections on the Holy Scripture

Notes (Jonathan Foster):

- 1 Corinithians 15:35-49
- v.38: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
- "seed" = σπέρμα "sperma": seed, offspring, sown into (where word sperm comes from)
- God gives every seed, every zygote, a soma, physical body.
- v.36: Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.
- Can't die unless it was alive. Duh.
- "sow" = σπείρω "speirō": sow, spread, scatter (seed)
- Referring to original question: v.35: How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?
- v.44-45: It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
- Sown refers to speirō.
- The Last Adam: This is Jesus. He became a life giving spirit, yet we know he is also still fully man (Philippians 2). NUMBERS 14: Israel wanderings, only young ones allowed a chance.
- 1 Corinthians 7:14. One of two things: Literal translation is that children of believers are sanctified and holy while children of unbelievers or a mix are impure. Allegorical translation is that believer children are under the right influence, holy environment while unbeliever children cannot grow in Him properly and are therefore impure. Nonetheless, this verse indicates a key point if viewed from a literal standpoint: Children, even if born impure, become pure by accepting Jesus. However, if they are not originally this way, then there has to be an age where they make a choice. They may be born impure, but Romans 5:12-20 argues that despite offense, the grace of God is spread to others despite the law.

2 Samuel 12:19-23 = When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?”

And they said, “He is dead.”

20 So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”

22 And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the Lord[a] will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

הלך halak = To go, to proceed.

So, how is it that King David will literally proceed to his son, though his son was dead? One would say that David would go to the child's body, but David was talking about God perhaps sparing the son. He wouldn't be concerned with the dead body coming back to him, but the spirit of the child. So, David is not talking about the dead body. We know David was a believer and is in heaven. He went, proceeded there. This hints that David's son is in heaven, showing age of accountability.

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