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Soul and Body

We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Being “changed into the same image” is a theme Paul touches on in his message to the Romans as well, using the phrase “conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). And the apostle refers to Christly transformation again in Romans 12:2, I Corinthians 15:49–53, and Philippians 3:21. Now he points to contemplation of God’s glory as the way to spiritual transformation. A scholar writes, “Those who turn to the Lord have . . . a new hope, a new freedom and a new boldness.”

Behold, I shew you a shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 

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Resources cited in this issue

GT: Mays, James Luther, et al., eds. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Vol. 34, Second Corinthians. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1982–.

Cit. 10: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 9, Acts, Introduction to Epistolary Literature, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 11: Mays, James Luther, et al., eds. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Vol. 33, First Corinthians. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1982–.

Cit. 20: Common English Bible, copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible.

Cit. 23: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 10, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude, Revelation. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

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