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  • The New Human

    Presently, the Lord Jesus is the sole Human without sin, but soon “when He shall appear,” the believers “shall be like Him,” because they “shall see Him as He is” (1Jhn 3:2). “Like Him” in being “without sin,” for sin was imputed to Him when He first appeared in the humiliation of His earthly life (2Cor 5:21). But as “He shall appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Heb 9:28), so shall we also be “without sin” when we “see Him.”

    This is said to be “unto salvation,” e.g. the full application of “salvation” being completed by “the redemption of our body” (Rom 8:23), for believers are presently completely redeemed in their spirit but not yet in their body which will be “changed” (1Cor 15:51, 52) into a “spiritual body” (1Cor 15:44), “that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body” (Phl 3:21). The Lord’s spiritual body is a new type of physical body (which we will have) wherein its “flesh and bone” (Luk 24:39) is incorruptible, unlike our present corruptible natural body.

    The Resurrection is all about the bodies of the saints, for our spirits have been resurrected, in which Christ which will bring about the new human race (“the body, the church”), wherein the Lord Jesus “is the Head” for He has “the preeminence” (Col 1:18), and shall “present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph 5:27). These are those who are “found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2Pet 3:14), whose “mortal bodies” shall be “quickened” by “the Spirit of Him (Father) that raised up Jesus from the dead” (Rom 8:11).

    In this life the spirits of the believers are as redeemed as they will ever be. Their spirits will not be any more “regenerated” (Mat 19:28) than they are now. But in the completion during “the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory,” their bodies will finally be regenerated, along with a New Heaven and Earth (Isa 65:17; 66:22; Act 3:21; 2Pe 3:13; 2Pet 3:13; Rev 21:1, 5).

    Then will the purpose of creation and creature come to pass, which is Christ being “glorified in His saints” (2Thess 1:10), and the unbelievers departing “into everlasting fire” (Mat 25:41), who will go “away into everlasting punishment” (Mat 25:46), being “punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power” (2Thes 1:9).

    -NC

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    Scripture seems a little fuzzy in some parts as to whether there are new literal bodies or the 'body' is used in a more symbolic sense. With so many references to all Christians collectively being 'the body' and the term 'like him' being subject to questioning "In what way will we be like him?" Clearly, we will not be God, so we are not completely like Jesus.

    Any verses spring to mind that makes a physical resurrected body the only reasonable interpretation?
    It doesn't keep me up at night, but it would be nice to cross it off my bucket list of theological questions. :)
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      Originally posted by atpollard View Post
      Scripture seems a little fuzzy in some parts as to whether there are new literal bodies or the 'body' is used in a more symbolic sense. With so many references to all Christians collectively being 'the body' and the term 'like him' being subject to questioning "In what way will we be like him?" Clearly, we will not be God, so
      Any verses spring to mind that makes a physical resurrected body the only reasonable interpretation?
      It doesn't keep me up at night, but it would be nice to cross it off my bucket list of theological questions. :)
      Hi atpllard - Thanks for the good question!
      "He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like His own, using the same power with which He will bring everything under His control" (Phl 3:21 New Living Translation). His resurrected body He showed to His apostles and disciples was one that could be touched (Luk 24:39; Jhn 20:17, 27). Any time the word "body" is used it is more than likely not in reference to the spirit, which has not a body, as the Lord said in Luk 24:39.

      The only beings that are like God is angles and man and a body makes man special from the angles because they will never have one, only the Lord Jesus and His saints. I believe having a body is intended for a more enhanced union Jesus, involving not just a spirit but also a body.

      Originally posted by atpollard View Post
      we are not completely like Jesus.
      Amen, the word "like" is never defined as equal or same. "Like Him," e.g. like or similar to Him in being finally sinless (but never divine) because we will no longer possess the sin nature (old man; flesh; Adamic nature). Our body will be like His in that it will not be corruptible; "For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down, that is, when we die and leave this earthly body, we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself and not by human hands" (2Cor 5:1 NLT).

      Of course we do not receive our new body at death but at the resurrection of the new body. It's the body that changes during the resurrection (1Cor 15:51, 52; 1Thes 4:16, 17), not our spirit, which was eternally changed at rebirth, by the addition of the new nature (new man).
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