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Didn't Jesus have heavenly flesh?

Submitted: 10/29/2010
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Question: I think you are reading too much into this verse. It doesnt say 'same flesh', but just 'same', and does not really qualify the kind of flesh conclusively. Jesus took flesh, that is a fact. To say that Jesus flesh is from the dust (like Adam) is unbiblical however. Flesh and blood cannot enter heaven, the apostle Paul wrote. Jesus Himself said: 'I am not from this earth' (Joh 8:23). 1 Cor 15:47 says: 'The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven'. John 6:51 explicitly refers to the flesh of Jesus as 'bread from heaven'. Human flesh perishes, and goes back to the dust. But Jesus flesh did not perish, because it was from the Word. In dual nature theology His flesh had to change, but nowhere in the Bible Jesus body changed from perishable into imperishable. The theory that Jesus flesh was of dual nature is not from the Bible, but a remnant from Chalcedon (451 AD).

Answer: You are quite incorrect. As I have shown, Hebrews 2:14 states very plainly that Jesus shared in the 'same' flesh and blood as us. In Acts 2:27, Peter said, 'Nor will You allow Your Holy one to see corruption' (a quote from Psalms 16:10). It is obvious from this verse that the body of Jesus Christ would indeed have seen corruption had it not been for the resurrection. If His body could not have corrupted even if He had been left in the tomb for a hundred years, then this verse would be a meaningless sham.

When Paul described Jesus as 'the Lord from heaven,' He was simply affirming that He was God manifested in the flesh, as opposed to Adam, who was merely a human being. When Jesus described His humanity as the bread that came down from heaven, He was simply affirming His heavenly origin as the eternal God. He did not mean that His physical body literally came down out of heaven any more than he meant that we had to literally eat His flesh (as Catholics believe). You are falling into the error of literalizing an obvious metaphor.

You stated that 'nowhere in the Bible Jesus body changed from perishable into imperishable.' Yet Paul describes the resurrection this way: 'The body is sown in corruption, 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' (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). The body of Jesus Christ that received the nails and the spear was a 'natural body,' which was weak, dishonored, and corruptible. After the resurrection it was a 'spiritual body,' glorious and eternal. This is plain from the words of Jesus when He said, 'I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore' (Revelation 1:18). The same fundamental change awaits all true believers when the resuurection will 'transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body' (Philippians 3:21). It is then that our 'mortality may be swallowed up by life' just as His was(2 Corinthians 5:4).

You are apparently extremely confused about the human nature that Jesus took upon Himself when He came in the flesh and walked among us. We are concerned that the Jesus you are purporting to believe in is much closer to the gnostic Jesus than the one portrayed in the Bible. We recommend you read a book called 'Stolen Identify' by Peter Jones. His description of the biblical Jesus isn't perfect due to His trinitarian perspective, but his description of the gnostic Jesus is quite thorough.