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Metamorphosis: A Parable Of Death & Resurrection

In her booklet Waterbugs & Dragonflies, written for children to explain what happens when we die, author Doris Stickney likened the transition from this earthly life to our life in heaven to the transformation of water bugs into dragonflies. When one of their number disappears and never returns, the rest are puzzled. But the dragonflies, once liberated from their watery world, cannot return to describe the wonders of winged flight and so the bugs have no idea what life as a beautiful dragonfly is like.

Paul's Description Of The Process Of Change From Mortality To Immortality

In 1 CORINTHIANS 15:35-56 Paul deals with the question:

"What happens to us when we die? How can we be resurrected like Jesus Christ?"

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.Just as there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the earthly man (Adam), so we shall bear the image of the heavenly man (Jesus Christ).

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the deadwill be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where,
O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law (of Moses and the Ten Commandments). 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. [NIV]


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