The Heavenly One and the Heavenly Ones.

J. N. Darby.

(Words in Season, Vol. 4, 1890, page 103.)

I do not see any difficulty in 1 Cor. 15:47-49. Ek is the source, hence characterises a thing in its nature. Ek pneumatos, e.g., so ex ouranon. One man is earthy dust, the other from heaven. It is not apo, merely, that He came thence. Then verse 48: as we are all what fallen Adam was, so our place, as in Christ, is to be just like Christ; and as we have carried this in manifestation as Adam's children, so we shall be manifested just such as Christ Himself, as Man. It is the source, and so character, nature, and constituted condition, and then manifested form. Of course, we have to realise it now we are in Christ, sitting in heavenly places in Him. As He is, so are we also, in this world. This characterises a class of Christians the "perfect," as contrasted with forgiven children of Adam. But the state of the affections is not the subject here (1 Cor. 15), but to be in glory like Christ acts on them now and here.