Friday, 23 March 2012
Before you answer, consider this:
God is spirit. Those who worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth. John 4. We know that God is essentially unchangeable, Mal. 3:6; Psa. 102:27; Heb. 1:12.
There was a time when, in order to save us -- to save those whom the Father gave, to be more precise -- the Son had to take upon Himself our physical nature, Heb. 2:13-15. It was necessary for Him, in the course of "fulfilling all righteousness", to obey perfectly and suffer accordingly in order to procure our salvation. This is why He also had to be resurrected physically. He showed and demonstrated His physical body to Thomas and others.
But there was no need for Him to return physically. He returned in AD 70 in the same essence as He always was, as a King "eternal, immortal, invisible". The hymn is also to the point:"Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible hid from our eyes"
For those who say that Christ is also, at this point in time and from this time onward, existing in a physical body, I would ask this question: Did He have this same body also before the Incarnation? Yes, there are Christophanies. But other than that?
How about before recorded history?
How about when there was only Trinity, self-communicating, self-loving? Was One of the Three physical then?
I don't think anyone would say this. I hope not. But if they don't affirm this then they have another problem. In a very real and fundamental way God -- the unchangeable God -- has changed. Drastically.
Does Jesus exist physically and spiritually today? Has he always existed this way? How do we know?