Evil Company Corrupts Good Habits
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth which was a very carnal church about the thoughts of natural men who say, If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” In other words, the men of Corinth were more concerned with their pleasures than they were with their relationship with God. But Paul says to the Christians in that pleasure-filled city, Do not be deceived, “Evil company corrupts good habits!” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin, for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow the body that will be, but mere grain-perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. There are also two celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies, but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of 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, (Sin) 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 (Jesus Christ) became a life-giving spirit.” However, the spiritual was not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, was made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and so is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell 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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, “Death shall be swallowed up in victory.” “O, Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:32-58
The Apostle Paul in his desire to strengthen his brethren in the Corinthian church revealed unto them what will happen at the last trumpet call. The bodies of the dead in Christ shall be raised and be changed in a twinkling of an eye from a corruptible body into an incorruptible body and our mortal body shall take on immortality; thus putting death behind us and eternal life before us. But before he told them what would happen in the future; he told them what they needed to do in the present. They were to put their worldly thinking friends behind them because they did not possess the knowledge of God and if they continued to listen to and hang out with their worldly friends those worldly friends would corrupt their good habits. Paul was not telling the Corinthian Christians to completely abandon their old friends because those old friends needed God’s salvation. But what he was telling them to do was separate themselves from their old friends and form relationships with people of like beliefs to prevent their good habits from becoming corrupted. Hanging with worldly people is evil in the eyes of God because worldly people do not possess the knowledge of God nor do they practice God’s ways. And people who do not follow God’s ways are disobedient rebels and rebels will be punished, not rewarded. That advice is still very good advice for the children of God today who attend many carnal churches across the world. DThrash