Christ Jesus in glory is a representation that is to be revealed in us.
When we are in Christ we consider we are dead to the world so sin shall have no dominion over us. Baptism by water symbolizes such a death. Dead to the world but alive to God. There is a day when our physical body must be dissolved but it signals we are alive in spiritual bodies. Being alive to God is what our inner man ought to indicate for us. For example consider this verse. ‘Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day’.
In short our inner man represents Christ in glory. Once dead our spiritual bodies reveal a far exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Christ and Church, the Bride in the parlance of the Spirit is a symbol for that close-knit association existing between God and believers redeemed from the earth
We need consider even while we have our being that we have Christ in glory as a symbol.
How shall we make sense of a spiritual body?
Gideon was diffident and he did not consider himself of heroic mould to deliver Israel from their oppressors (Jud.6:15). Even after the angel of the Lord showed indeed he found had favour with the Lord, he pressed for a sign. “…If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand…Behold I will put a fleece of wool in the floor.” On the first night the test was to leave the dew only on a fleece of wool he spread on the floor. Next morning he found God had done exactly as he had said. He was the chosen one. But Gideon persists in testing God second night also. This time it was to keep the fleecy dry while the dew was everywhere around it. ‘And God did so that night (Jud.6:40)
This inversion explains what happens to our inner man. A physical being holds indwelling experience of the Spirit like the dew on the fleece. Upon dissolution of our bodies it is our inner man that becomes our spiritual body with soul as its personality.
The Holy Spirit in organizing the narrative of the divine Will and how it was fulfilled by the Son often uses symbols that have their specific context also carrying a general context when such symbolism is sustained. Let us examine two examples in order to understand the spiritual bodies as intended in the divine Plan.
After the waters subsided Noah sends a dove, which returns since she could not find any rest for the sole of her foot. Second time she returns with an olive leaf. What does the dove represent? The dove descended and rested upon Jesus at the baptism: the word of God designates thus in the relevant passage as a symbol for the Spirit. Coming back to Noah we read that the olive leaf she had in her mouth was ‘pluckt off’. Considering the passages in the epistle to the Romans we know the hint of olive tree connects with the nation of Israel ‘And if the branches be broken off…(Ro.11:17). It also happily explains the circumstance why the dove could find no rest for the sole of her foot. Outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the divine Plan was to be fulfilled after the ascension of Jesus Christ. So the symbol of the dove relates in particular to Noah as well as ties to the Son of man. The Holy Spirit finds use for such symbols to tie the several narrative threads to the Son. Let us consider next instance. Before the Amalekites and Midianites God arranges a dream for the benefit of Gideon. A cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian and overturned it (Jud.7:13-14) In similar vein ‘a stone was cut out without hands which smote the image upon his feet (Dan.2:34-35) carry symbols tying to the Son. Whereas the barley cake was intended for Gideon, the other was the endtimes.
From Daniel’s interpretation we can understand the image proceeds from particular to the general and the purport of the dream indicates God establishing his rule over all nations at the end times.
Symbolism in the lexicon of the Spirit is to glorify the Son so that multi-layered Narrative content reconciles Time Scale and persons as anti-types to Jesus Christ as the Type.
St Paul inverts the standard practice of grafting while he is comparing Israel with the Gentiles; he has a purpose and the Spirit in accepting it as appropriate allows us to see inversion as a mode of exegesis. Firstly let us consider the passage. “…And, thou being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakes of the root…(Ro.11:17)” to extract the significance of the will of God. Grafting is associated with joining a branch from a cultivated tree to another. By grafting wild olive branch to the good stock of the olive tree signifying Israel St Paul’ s argument is that the alien stock can be just as easily broken off if the Gentiles proved to be faithless.
By the same token the spiritual body is the physical body of a believer turned inside out.
At death the soul that invisible aspect, quintessence of a physical being changes place with the inner man bearing spiritual aspects of his former self. The sign, which the Lord gave Gideon with a fleece of wool illustrates inversion.
Mode of inversion
“So the last shall be first, and the first, last…(Mt.20:16).” Here is mode of inversion at its classic sense. This quote is part of sentence which itself ought to supply its importance. “…For many be called, but few be chosen.” Two ideas are balanced upon the fulcrum of grace. Grace- it is the single most vital component of a believer regardless of the ministry to which he is called either as a layman or as an elder, as a labourer or as an overseer. The world is the vineyard of the Lord into which each of us can only work while it is day. “ The night cometh, when no man can work (Jn.9:4).”
When you consider a child of God it is child-like trust and nothing of his pedigree or skills that matters to God. His own righteousness is like filthy garments but the blood of Jesus has made him reveal righteousness of God instead. Mode of inversion assures it.
Mode of inversion renders his weakness his strength. We see the mode of inversion: whosoever despises a child of God is in fact belittling the one who chose him (Lk.9:46-48) Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant?…(Ro.14:4). God had already found Saul an effective material despite of his zeal to persecute the church. When the Lord appeared in a vision to Ananias in Damascus and wanted him to seek out Saul, he was not sure considering that there were bad reports concerning him. But God had trust in him and not his past. It is thus God presses his servants to be effective witnesses so his Name and not let their own views settle the issue. (excerpt from a book on the making)