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Like Father Like Son

Technician and Purified WaterIn the Christian era, men and women were restored to true equality in their spiritual bodies which were like the Lord's. This was prophesied by Joel, whose name translates as "one to whom Yahweh is God." Many centuries ago in Joel 2.28-29 he wrote, "I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days." In the new spiritual body likeness explained in Acts 15.9, there was no difference between men and women. Like Gentile and Jewish Christians "he made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith."

True Equality

Like Father Like SonBoth males and females who became a part of the Body of Christ were transfigured into a spiritual likeness of Jesus. In the biological family, father and son, mother and daughter often bore physical likenesses. In the spiritual Body of Christ, disciples also developed a spiritual likeness to their Lord as they matured in his image. Saint Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3.18, "And we, who with unveiled faces, all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." Henri Nouwen wrote, "In the resurrection we will have spiritual bodies. Our natural bodies came from Adam, our spiritual bodies come from Christ. Christ is the second Adam, offering us new bodies not subject to destruction. As Saint Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:49, "as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man [Adam], so we shall bear the likeness of the heavenly one [Christ]." Jesus came to dress our perishable nature with imperishability and our mortal nature with immortality."✞

"Spiritual Body Likeness"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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