The continuing (glorified) humanity of Jesus

Click here to read a helpful and succinct blog post at TheoCentric. It summarizes the orthodox, biblical teaching concerning Jesus' ascension (including his continuing, glorified humanity)


Jerome Ellard said…
A wonderful article! I loved the understanding that the ascension of the glorified Jesus was the hinge event between Luke and Acts. And this phrase captured me: "The distance between God and humanity is fully and finally spanned in Christ!" It is the living, glorified, ascended Christ that spans the gap between God and man. Christ has done it, not us! Much of Christian thought today tells us that WE must close the gap between a Holy God and ourselves - what an anxious burden to bear! Also, the understanding that Jesus is STILL fully God and fully man - a glorified human being at the right hand of the Father, STILL the Son of God AND the Son of Man - has cosmic implications that I don't think many grasp yet. GCI's former thinking, and I believe many other Christian's effective thinking, has been that Jesus is now a "spirit being," that the union of God and man only lasted 33 years, 2000 years ago - that Jesus shed his humanity as quickly as possible. Remnant of a dualistic view of spirit and flesh? We need to dwell on the continuing incarnation of our Savior - it is magnificent! Thanks, Ted.
Pastor Paul said…
Great post Ted. And wonderful comment Jerome. IN his humanity as the son of man and the Son of God, the FULLNESS of God dwelt bodily in Jesus Christ. And , IT STILL DOES.


Paul Kurts
Gary Glenister said…
I think that is the clearest most understandable explanation I've read in respect of this subject.

In my limited understanding I've preached that if we are "In Christ" and therefore ascended, we are at God's right right hand, in the sense that the curtain tore in two and we therefore have access to God in a way that was not previously possible. We are therefore in His presence. This article kind of confirms my limited understanding is right but explains it in fuller in an easy to understand way.

Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
Anonymous said…
When you say that Jesus has the same body he had on earth, do you mean the same molecules or are you speaking metaphorically? What about the scripture that says that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom? Even Paul said that we will have a new, spirit body.
Anonymous said…
Someone once said that a good theologian speaks in plain English. Why are the videos that we get so full of language that is hard to understand. Most of what is said goes over our heads.
Ted Johnston said…
Thanks anonymous for your comment/question. I am not saying that Jesus "has the same body" now that he had on earth. Rather, what I am saying, is that Scripture declares that the risen, ascended Jesus is still fully divine (as the Son of God) and fully human (as the Son of Man).

In other words, the person Jesus, who sits at the right hand of God in heaven, is the God-man Jesus. He is still human.

What sort of human body does he now have? Scripture doesn't say a lot about that. John (who saw Jesus in his resurrection body) says this:

"Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is" (1John 3:2).

When Jesus appears on earth, he will appear visibly (and thus bodily) as the risen, ascended, and now returned God-man Jesus. And at that time, clothed in our resurrection bodies, we will be "like him."

Paul speaks of the nature of that resurrection body in 1Cor 15:35-56. He speaks of ones who are still human, but now in a human body fit for glory. He calls this a "spiritual body." His point is not that this is a "spirit body" (as in a "body" composed of "spirit"), but a human body fit by the Spirit to live forever.

This is the same sort of body that the man Jesus now has in his humanity. It is in this context that Paul says, "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable" (v50). In other words, this resurrection body, unlike our current body, will be imperishable (not subject to death, decay, disease, etc.). In glory we will still be embodied - for to be human, by God's design, is to be the union of body and spirit. However, the resurrection body will be a body of a different sort than the one we now have which is perishable.
Ted Johnston said…
Thanks anonymous for your comment on theologians using language that is "over our heads." I feel your pain! Certainly some theologians are more "plain spoken" than others. I think we all struggle to make the stunning truths of God (his person and work) clearly understood. However, in seeking clarity, we have to guard against stripping God of his glory. And so it's not easy.

No doubt, part of our struggle is learning new concepts, and with those new concepts a new vocabulary. So I encourage you to keep listening and reading. I think it get's easier, so hang in there.