Will He Always Be Like Us?

Q. As the Savior of the world, the Word became flesh. He chose to become human enough that He was capable of bleeding to death for us. He is the first fruits of the resurrection and received a new body similar to what I think we will receive. Capable of walking through walls, go to places by thought, but having physical texture that the disciples were able to touch and He even ate with them. My question is, do you think that part of His sacrifice in stepping down into creation was to limit Himself to having a ‘resurrected body’ as an eternal reminder of what He did for us?

A. I believe the Bible drops hints that Jesus will be forever confined to a glorified body. He’ll always look like He did on the Mount of Transfiguration. Matt. 17:2 says, “There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the Sun and His clothes became as white as the light.” I think this is similar to the way we’ll look at the Rapture.

John described a physical Jesus in Rev. 1:13-16. He said when Jesus was handed the seven sealed scroll in Rev. 5, He resembled a Lamb as it had been slain, meaning He looked like He did after the resurrection, a physical being.

In Romans 8:29 Paul wrote that God predestined us to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, and in 1 John 3:2 we’re told that when He appears we’ll be like Him. We know that although we’ll be glorified we won’t cease being physical beings so this leads me to believe He won’t either.

The Bible says that in the beginning Adam and Eve were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). In the end, through Jesus, God will appear in the image of man. I believe that means we will have come full circle, and God’s creation will finally be at peace.

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