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Jesus: Fully God/Fully Man and Why It’s Important

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Jesus, Christmas, faith, spirituality

Hi friends! The Christmas season always leads me to ponder the entrance of our holy God into a broken world.

Have you ever been curious about the fact that Jesus was a human who claimed to be God? Have you wondered how that was possible, if it’s true, and why it matters? 

A Muslim man recently left a comment on my blog explaining how he views Jesus.

He wrote:

“JESUS (May he be blessed forever) IN ISLAM: A very elect and highly esteemed messenger of God. No Muslim is a Muslim if he does not believe this.

Al Quran: Surah/Chapter 005 – Al-Mâ’idah. Verse 75.
The Messiah, son of Mary (Jesus), was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother (Mary) was a saintly woman. And they both used to eat (earthly) food. See how we make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away!”

Because Jesus ate earthly food and lived in a physical body, Muslims do not believe he is actually God.

Most Jews in Jesus’ day called him a blasphemer for claiming to be God.

The early gnostics polluted the purity of the gospel when they vocalized their beliefs to the church in Colossae – hence Paul’s letter to the Colossians.

  • Some gnostics denied the humanity of Jesus. They believed he did not (could not) have a real body. To them, his body was an illusion. They reduced him to the position of a lesser god or an angel.
  • Others believed Jesus was just a man, not God, when he died on the cross.

Jehovah’s witnesses do not believe Jesus is God.

So what’s the deal? Where’s the truth? Why is it important?

God reveals himself to us in the Bible. The words of the Bible are trustworthy because they are his. He cannot lie. God inspired 40 authors on 3 continents over a period of 1500 years to record his words without error. The theme of the Bible is consistent. From beginning to end it points to Jesus and reveals the glory of God.

Here’s what the Bible says about Jesus’ humanity and deity. What you do with these words is up to you.

His Deity:

Jesus and God the Father are one. One in unity of nature and one in unity of purpose (saving those who are separated from God and condemned by their sin). God works through Jesus. The miracles Jesus performed prove it. (John 10:30-33)

Jesus is the only one who has seen God’s essence. In essence, will, and nature he is God and is equal to God. God’s essence/nature live perfectly and permanently in Jesus in bodily form. (Colossians 1:19Hebrews 1:8Colossians 2:9

Jesus is the exact representation and perfect manifestation of God, making the nature of God known to the world. (Hebrews 1:3;  John 1:18John 12:45

Jesus has existed for all eternity. He was not created by God. Instead, all things were created by him and for him. (Colossians 1:16John 17:5John 1:1-3)

God lives in Jesus, speaks through him, and works through him. (John 14:7-11)

Jesus is above all as the sovereign ruler. God the Father has given him the highest place of honor. The day will come when everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth in the bowels of hell will recognize and acknowledge Jesus for who he really is.

That he is truly all he claimed to be . . . 

He is GOD! (Philippians 2:9-10

The Human Dilemma:

We are naturally enemies of God and hostile to him in our minds and through our behavior. Without Jesus, we are alienated from life with God. (Ephesians 2:12Ephesians 4:18Colossians 1:21-23)

We left God. He didn’t leave us. (2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 5:19; Romans 5:10-11)

Why Jesus’ humanity is necessary:

Although Jesus is God and is equal to God, he chose to set his equality aside and made himself nothing. He emptied himself, took human form, and came as a servant willing to obey God the Father completely.

Our glorious God embracing humanity.

Jesus didn’t stop being God, but surrendered his right to appear in all his glory and majesty.

He restrained himself for our benefit . . .

going undercover . . .

giving up being recognized for who he really was. (Philippians 2:5-11)

To save humans, Jesus had to become fully human. (Luke 24:36-43John 1:14) He had to be born “under the Law” in order to save other humans who were born under the Law.

All humans are imperfect and guilty of breaking God’s law. Only a perfect human (Jesus, God the Son) could perfectly satisfy the requirements of the Law, offer himself on the cross, take our sin, and exchange it for his righteousness. (Hebrews 2:17)

Jesus reconciled us to God with his physical body through death. His physical body was necessary for our salvation. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22)

In the Old Testament, God had instituted a system of sacrifices where the shedding of animals’ blood was necessary for the temporary forgiveness of sins. (Leviticus 17:11)

The blood of animals was a fore-shadowing of the blood that would be shed by the perfect God-man for the sins of mankind – like God was painting a picture for us of what Jesus would accomplish for our benefit.

The shedding of Jesus’ blood for our sins secured eternal and permanent forgiveness of sin. If he had not been human, this would have been impossible.

As a human, Jesus fully understands the human condition with all its hurts, disappointments, despair, betrayal, hatred, evil, weaknesses, sickness, and temptation. He sympathizes with us and pleads with God to help and forgive those who follow him and wear his righteousness.  (Hebrews 4:15)

It is necessary to confess Jesus came to earth in bodily form. (1 John 4:2-3)

The result is redemption. Because Jesus is both God and man, he is able to reconcile us to God and present us “clean” in God’s sight. We stand before God “not guilty” and are adopted into his family.

What are your thoughts about the deity and humanity of Jesus?

 

Lisa~ 

 


 

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