Ready for a Change?

Daily Devotional: Day 49

“Behold I 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.” (1Corinthians 15:51-52, KJV).

The word mystery is translated from the Greek word mystērion. It means, among other things, a secret, i.e. something hidden, known only to members within a group. A mystery is no longer a mystery once it’s revealed to us. It remains, however, a mystery to those outside the group. Christian mysteries, for example, are revealed for the understanding and edification of believers; but unbelievers can’t comprehend these mysteries (See 1 Corinthians 2:6-16). Plenty of divine mysteries are revealed to us in the Bible. Today, Apostle Paul talks to us about one of them: the changing of our perishable bodies into imperishable bodies. Look at your body, from the hair on your head to the toes of your feet. What you just saw, to use a fancy tech terminology, is Version 1.0 of your body. This is the body that shall be changed. Currently, the only person with a Version 2.0 body (i.e. a resurrected body) is Jesus Christ. When he returns, then our body, too, shall change from perishable (Version 1.0) to imperishable (Version 2.0).

Christ Jesus shall return anytime, so be ready. The Bible says that we shall not all sleep, i.e. die. When Jesus appears, some of us – believers – will still be alive in this world, but others would have already died. Nonetheless, all believers, alive or dead, shall be changed. This change, the Bible says, shall happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. The word moment is translated from the Greek word atomos. It means indivisible. The change in your body shall, therefore, happen quicker than you can say the word “hi.” The last trumpet shall sound without warning, and the dead in Christ shall be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. This is the basis for your hope in Christ. It’s the basis for your joyful expectation of Jesus’ return. It’s also your motivation to yield your current body to God as an instrument of righteousness (See Romans 6:12-14). Your brand new imperishable body shall not be subject to corruption: no more makeup; no more anti-aging products; no more wrinkles; no more weight control; no more doctor’s appointment; no more pain; no more dying. Get ready for the change.


Dear Father, thank you for sealing me with the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption. Thank you for the resurrection of Jesus and my share in it. Fill my heart with ardent expectation of Christ’s appearing.  In the name of Jesus. Amen. 

For further study: 1 Corinthians 15:1-58

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