Equality or Oneness?
For those called by God to the heavenly calling, Paul wrote:
Hebrews 3:1 (NASB)
1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a "heavenly calling,"
consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession
So as joint-heirs with Jesus Christ there is no distinction between men and women, race, color or nationality, in a spiritual sense. All are equal in the congregation of God. Thus Apostle Paul wrote to the congregation of Galatia.
Galatians 3:26-28 (NASB)
26 "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For
all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with
Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor
free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in
Similarly, for the partakers of the divine nature, Peter wrote.
2 Peter 1:4 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)
4 "The result is that he has given us, through these things, his
precious and wonderful promises; and the purpose of all this is so
that you may run away from the corruption of lust that is in the
world, and may become partakers of the divine nature."
As partakers of the divine nature, they must all receive a change in nature at their resurrection in which state none will be women or men but take the form of spirit creatures. Christ’s faithful brothers, (the sons of God) who join him in the heavens, give up human life. The apostle Paul shows that they have to have new bodies repatterned, or refashioned, for their new environment:
Philippians 3:20-21 (NASB)
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait
for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of
our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the
exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to
1 Corinthians 15:42,49 (NASB)
42 "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown [a]a
perishable body, it is raised [b]an imperishable body; 49 Just as we
have borne the image of the earthy, [d]we will also bear the image of
"For you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Gal. 3:28b)
God is keen to have all his worshippers to advance to spiritual maturity, and to worship him in "oneness in our faith and in our knowledge." To the Christians in Ephesus Paul wrote.
Ephesians 4:11-14 Good News Translation (GNT)
11 It was he who “gave gifts to people”; he appointed some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, others to be pastors and teachers. 12 He did this to prepare all God's people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ. 13 And so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God; we shall become mature people, reaching to the very height of Christ's full stature. 14 Then we shall no longer be children, carried by the waves and blown about by every shifting wind of the teaching of deceitful people, who lead others into error by the tricks they invent.