The Divinity and Humanity of Christ

Profound Mystery Unveiled
After looking at your article about the One Messiah of the Old Testament being the same Messiah as the New Testament, Tony, It reminded me of my own musing about the mysteries of the Godhead. I have been perplexed by a number of verses about Christ that are really a mystery. The verses relate to Christ’s humanity.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Here is the mystery! How is it that this verse proves that there is a distance between Christ’s Manhood and His divinity?
‘one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus;’
Then we have that same mystery revealed in this verse,
2Co_5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
And another;
Mat_27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
These verses describe a distinction between His Manhood and His Divinity.
‘between God and men’
‘God was in Christ’
‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me’
To understand this mystery one needs to go deeper into this subject. One key to understanding it is in the book of Romans the first Chapter.
Rom 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
Rom 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
Here in these verses lies the answer to that mystery. We can note that here in this passage is shown a clear distinction between His Humanity and His Divinity. Firstly the term ‘according to the flesh’, a clear term related to the origin of His humanity. This leads us to a profound biblical truth. Jesus was generated from Adam according to the flesh. What does that signify? The flesh body of Christ was there in Creation and was generated from Adam and Eve. Now I have debated this before and some have the wrong idea that Jesus in conception as an embryo was placed in the womb at the time of the conception. Catholics believe that because they cannot get around the idea of original sin. How could Jesus come from Adam and Eve and avoid original sin? That thought makes this conclusion of Jesus’ generation from Adam and Eve difficult. It is a difficult mystery but we have a verse in Genesis that clarifies this truth.
Gen_3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
This is called the first messianic prophecy. It proves that Christ according to the flesh was generated from the woman’s seed.
Gal_4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
This verse in Galatians chapter 4 further clarifies this and gives us the answer as to how Jesus was kept from sin by the preservation of God. ‘Made of a woman, made under the law,’
God miraculously kept Jesus from original sin and as we know with God nothing is impossible.
So now we can find clear proof in the scriptures that not only was Jesus, according to the flesh, generated from Adam, but that the flesh body He was in was part of the initial creation. This is a very important and serious truth because those who deny He came in the flesh are antichrists according to this verse in 1John;
1Jn_4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Mat 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Here in this verse in Matthew 1 not only proves the Christ was generated from Adam but that His forefathers according to the flesh were David and Abraham.
Now we can understand what the Scripture means by stating, ‘God was in Christ’. It was Divinity inside and distinct from His Humanity.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Here His humanity is profoundly separated from His Divinity.
So how do we reconcile the distinction and the union between God and the Man.
The answer begins with the same verse and adding the following verse.
Rom 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
Rom 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
Though He certainly came via flesh we see from verse 4 that the Son of God was not made and was declared to be the Son of God. Jesus did not pre-exist as the Son of Man but He certainly pre-existed as the Son of God. When one has a clear understanding of this it will answer many perplexing problems.
It leads us to understand How Jesus the Son of God, the Image of God, created all things which includes the flesh of Christ the Son of man.
Take a look at this profound verse.
Col_3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
While it’s certain that the Son of God was not created, The Son of God did create the Son of Man in His own Image. God created Man in His Image. What is the Image of God? Jesus, The Son of God, whom is equal to God, is the Image God created Man in.
It sounds a little complicated but after contemplation I feel assured I have this clearly thought out in my spiritual mind.
So the One declared to be The Son of God is the One that came down from Heaven, The One that died on the cross was the Son of Man. That’s why it says “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me. God forsook the Son of Man in death. And the Man’s human spirit left His body but was not left in Hell to see corruption.
How much clearer now are such passages written in John.
Joh 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Joh 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
Joh 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
Joh 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

The Temple was the Son of Man, but the One declared to be the Son of God who was in Christ said, He would raise it up at Christ’s resurrection. I have challenged many Jehovah Witnesses about this verse and they cannot, though try hard to twist it around their doctrines, find a way to escape its profound implication. One of them said, “There are 35 other verses that say God raised Jesus from the dead so how can we believe your teaching that Jesus raised Himself from the dead?”
My answer, “Because it does not agree with two of your doctrines you want to throw it out of the Bible. You are in error because you cannot see how this proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Christ was both a Man and God almighty. You refuse to accept it because of your denial of the Divinity of Christ and your denial of the bodily resurrection of Christ.”
2Co_5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
The Son of God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.

Anthony Clinton

What do YOU think?

comments

Speak Your Mind

*

close
Facebook Iconfacebook like buttonYouTube Icon