The Bible says we will be “as he is”, referring to our being like Jesus. And the Bible also says we will be “as the angels in heaven”. Good Bible teachers warn of “taking a thing too far” but, being human, some of them do exactly that themselves with this question.
The Bible says:
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)
It doesn’t say we will be Him. It doesn’t say we will be EXACT duplicates, all looking exactly the same as Him. It simply says that we will be LIKE Him. And comparing Scripture with Scripture, we are told what that means in Philippians 3:21 which says:
“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
We will be LIKE Jesus because we will be GLORIFIED.
And I know I sound like I’m mocking, but I don’t care because it is the hard truth. Those who teach that all believers in Heaven will all be 33 year old (Jesus doesn’t look like a 33 year old male NOW, according to Revelation 1:10-16) MALES are, in reality, teaching this:
The Rapture is one massive SEX CHANGE OPERATION wherein better than 50% of all Christians (who happen to be women) will have a SEX CHANGE on their way up to meet Jesus.
Nonsense. Bologna. Baloney. Stupid. Junk it.
Matthew 22:30 is also referenced as it says, “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”
The text SAYS what it means and means what it SAYS. We are “as the angels of God” in that we will not marry (see also Mark 12:25). Nowhere does the text state that we are angel-clones or that we are angels. Angels are always referred to as men (compare Genesis 18:2, 16, 21-22 and Genesis 19:1, and elsewhere as angels are called “men”). But the text doesn’t refer to their sex or appearance thereof, only their not ever being married.
We will change in appearance into something comparable to what we see in Revelation 1:10-16, but we will be known as we are known: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
We will know Paul and we will know Mary, the mother of Jesus, and she will not be a glorified Butch. My grandmother will still be known as Doris. My mother will still be known as Norma. Although we ALL will have a new name given to us, we will all still be known as (new name) who is (present name):
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (Revelation 2:17)
“Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? “ (1 John 5:5)
We will be who we are, but glorified and “as” Jesus is.