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Is Male and Female Part Of Who We Are Spiritually?

Hi :

I came to your site and have listened to quite a few audio messages. You stated in one message
titled the Wedding feast that we all become sons of God in the resurrection and not sons and
daughters because there are no females and male distinctions for we all become one.

So how would you explain that we will be the bride? Isn't a bride female ? And isn't being male
or female part of who we are ?


Hi H____,

Thank you for your question.

One of the least understood verses in all of God's word is this one:
1 Cor 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the
heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Cor 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things,
yea, the deep things of God.

1 Cor 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but
which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
"We speak in the words which the holy spirit teaches comparing spiritual with spiritual." What
that means is that every word of God's word has a spiritual meaning behind its primary outward
meaning, which may have nothing at all in common with the outward primary meaning of the
word. I am constantly in awe of how God manages to keep the masses of Christianity from
seeing what is right there before their eyes. He does this by "comparing spiritual with spiritual."
So many of the prophecies of Christ which are cited in the New Testament demonstrate how the
holy spirit uses God's Words in a way which the natural, carnal world is incapable of
understanding. The more theological degrees one is granted, the more blind is that person,
unless, like the apostle Paul, he is brought to see that all of his earthly training in the church is
the spiritual equivalent of "dung."

A spiritual female has no physical sex at all. Look at what Christ tells us:
Matt 22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection,
and asked him,
Matt 22:24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry
his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
Matt 22:25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife,
deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:
Matt 22:26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
Matt 22:27 And last of all the woman died also.
Matt 22:28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all
had her.
Matt 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the
power of God.
Matt 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as
the angels of God in heaven.
Matt 22:31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken
unto you by God, saying,
Matt 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not
the God of the dead, but of the living.
Here we have a group who doesn't even believe there will be a resurrection asking our Lord
about the resurrection. The question is presented in a way which, to these Sadducees, makes the
mere possibility of a resurrection seem ridiculous.

What a sad commentary on the state of Israel that the party of the chief priest, the Sadducees, did
not even believe in the resurrection of the dead.

In posing their question to Christ, these religious leaders, just like today's religious leaders, could
not understand why, if the invisible things of God are understood by the things that are made,
then why can't we compare spiritual things with physical things and come to a proper
understanding of spiritual matters?

Here are two key verses involved in this discussion:

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being
understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are
without excuse:
...and this verse:
1 Cor 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but
which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are
foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
"The natural man" being discussed in this verse is not an atheist. The Pharisees and the
Sadducees were both a very religious lot. Yet this is exactly what Paul is talking about here in 1
Corinthians 2, "the natural [religious] man."

"The natural man" being discussed here is what Paul calls a "carnal...babe in Christ" who simply
"cannot receive the things of the spirit." To "the natural man...carnal...babes in Christ...the things
of the spirit are foolishness." That was why the Sadducees were asking this question in the first
place. They could not see what the spiritual meaning of the word 'wife' was to begin with. To
these carnal religious men, the word 'wife' meant nothing more than a commodity which a man
could buy or sell at will. The sanctity of marriage had been lost in Israel "as they were coming
out of Egypt." In other words, Israel as a nation was never faithful to their husband:
Hos 11:2 As they [Christ through Moses and Aaron] called them [Israel], so they went from
them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
A spiritual 'bride' is completely submissive to and subject to her spiritual husband. But Christ,
having been resurrected, according to His own words is neither male nor female, but is as the
angels which neither [physically] marry nor are given in marriage."
And yet we are told that Christ has an espoused bride:
2 Cor 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one
husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
If, as the Saddducees we understand Romans 1:20 to be saying, 'The spiritual Truths of God are
clearly seen by comparing physical things with spiritual things' then spiritual things are indeed
foolishness to us, because angels "neither marry nor are given in marriage," and Romans one
contradicts 1 Corinthians 2. But 1 Corinthians 2 does not contradict Romans one. God's Word is
only understood by its sum:
Psa 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is
It is the spirit of the Pharisees and Sadducees which pits one verse of God's word against another
verse of God's Word. The spiritual mind seeks the sum of God's word and always finds that each
verse helps to explain the other verse and the scriptures never contradict themselves.
John 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot
be broken;
With all of this in mind it becomes obvious that what Romans 1:20 is telling us is that "the things
that are made" are types and shadows of the invisible things of God. What Romans 1:20 is telling
us in relation to your question, is that marriage and the word 'bride' spiritually have nothing at all
to do with physical marriage or the physical sexes. What we are being told when we are told that
Christ has a 'bride' is this:
Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:
and he is the saviour of the body.
Eph 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives [be] to their own
husbands in every thing.
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself
for it;
Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or
any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Eph 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth
Eph 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the
Lord the church:
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his
wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Here we have Paul giving what appears to be a lot of good marital advice to the members of the
church of Ephesus. And yet what are we told in the very next verse is his real point in all of this:
Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church .
You ask: "Isn't being male and female part of who we are?"
Since the entire church is Christ's bride, it would be far more accurate, spiritually and Biblically
to ask, 'Isn't being female who we actually are spiritually?'

Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:
and he is the saviour of the body.
Eph 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own
husbands in every thing.

"The things which are seen" ought to typify spiritual realities. "The things which are seen are
never actual spiritual realities any more than the word 'lamb' ever really means a lamb in
scripture. Christ alone is the lamb of God. And it is those who are "in Him" who are God's
figurative lambs and sheep.
Don't let anyone mislead you into thinking that because "in the resurrection we are neither male
nor female...and in Christ there is neither male nor female"), that therefore in the spirit world
there is neither headship nor submission.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male
nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
"One in Christ" means "one mind, one spirit and one body." It never means that we are all the
head of that body. It certainly never means that because we are all one in Christ that therefore
there is no need for us to submit to Christ in all things. There is but one 'head', and that head of
the 'body' is Christ to whom the entire church is to "submit."
The teaching that because we are all one in Christ, women can now teach and preach is as far
from the truth as one can get. "The invisible things are understood by the things that are made."
Not by comparing spiritual to physical, but by comparing spiritual types and shadows with
spiritual realities. Like the fact that when the aions come to their consummation Christ is still
"subject unto the Father."
1 Cor 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him [Christ], then shall the Son also
himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Paul goes to great lengths to clarify himself on this subject:
1 Cor 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them
to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
1 Cor 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a
shame for women to speak in the church.
1 Cor 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
1 Cor 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge
that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord .
For an indepth, scriptural treatment of this subject, read The Head of Christ Is God on

I hope this helps to answer your question:

"How would you explain that we will be the bride? Isn't a bride female? And isn't being male or
female part of who we are?"