Spiritual Bodies Materializing

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Hi D____,

Everything you say in this e- mail is right except for thinking that Christ’s body of flesh and bone proves that Christ in not now spirit. The only reason Christ appeared in “a body of flesh and bone” was because of the lack of faith of His own eleven disciples”.

Mat 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
Mat 28:17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

Christ’s appearance with “flesh and bone” was specifically for that purpose. Materializing in a body of flesh and bone served the same purpose that the holes in His hands and in His side served. Those were no more permanent than the rest of His body of flesh and bone. After all He materialized or appeared in a locked or “shut up” room.

Joh 20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
Joh 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Joh 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [ then] came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace [ be] unto you.
Joh 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [ it] into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
Joh 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Joh 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

If we use these verses to prove that our resurrected bodies are physical bodies, then we must also insist that the flaws of our physical bodies, like holes in our hands and side, are also part of that resurrection. Your contention:

No D___ , we are not “told that the flesh and blood of Jesus was not as Adam of dust only…” The exact opposite is true because we are told that He “partook of the same... flesh and blood”.

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Heb 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Every word of these four verse of Heb 2 conflicts with your statement that “the flesh and blood of Jesus is not as Adam of dust only”. If Christ were not of “the same… flesh and blood” as Adam, then He has no right to say ” that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest… ” and if Christ’s flesh was in any way different from Adam’s flesh then it is different from our flesh and this next verse would also be completely hollow and a lie.

Heb 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

But all five of these verses of Heb 2 are true. He really was “made of a woman, made under the law” exactly like all of us, with “the same… flesh and blood”. It is only based on these facts that this next verse has any meaning at all:

Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

If Christ were not struggling with our flesh and blood with all of its weaknesses, then Heb 4:15 is a blatant lie and he was not “tempted like as we are”.

So much for Christ’s flesh not being “the same Adamic flesh as ours. Yes, He was born of the holy spirit, but he was also “made of a woman, made under the law” both of which mean He was “made sin… who knew no sin”.

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him [ to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Now, here is the Truth of our resurrected bodies right out of the mouth of our Lord:

Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Joh 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

We cannot see the wind, but we can see what it does. So the fact that spirit has the capability of materializing in a body full of wounds does not make a spiritual body into a physical body. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit, which you “canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth”.

1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

A resurrected spiritual body can, and throughout the millennium will, appear when needed as “a body of flesh and bone”. But a physical body which has not been resurrected from among the dead cannot become a spiritual body at will.
I hope all of these verses help you to see that “flesh and blood [ or bone, from whence the blood comes], cannot inherit the kingdom of God”.

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

… and that the ability for spirit to materialize does not mean that spirit is flesh. There is no such thing as a physical spiritual body. There is only, in Biblical terms, a spiritual body which can appear as a physical body which can eat and drink and have holes in it.
I hope this is received in the spirit of love in which it is given.
Your brother in Christ.

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