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The Humanity Of Christ

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A) A LITTLE COMMON SENSE.

B) 4,000 YEARS.

C) CAREFUL HOW YOU DISCUSS THE HUMANITY OF CHRIST.

D) COULD CHRIST HAVE SINNED?

E) THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS.

F) CHRIST’S DIVINITY IN QUESTION.

G) CHRIST’S HUMANITY FOREVER.

 

 

A) A LITTLE COMMON SENSE

 

 

According to Isaiah 53:2:  “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:  He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”  Also, according to Romans 8:3:  “For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His Own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.”  And according to Philippians 2:7:  “But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”

 

Therefore, Christ was not only to Come in our “likeness,” but He was to take upon Himself a humanity (in form only), lower than that of the angel’s.  Here is Psalm 8:5:  “For Thou hast made Him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned Him with glory and honour.”  Quoted by Paul in Hebrews 2:7.  And according to Matthew 1:1, our Lord was to take upon Himself a humanity, even lower than that of Abraham’s time period in man’s history.  Here is our verse, Matthew 1:1:  “The Book of the generation of Jesus Christ. . . the son of Abraham.”  And in Hebrews 2:16 we read:  “For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham.”

 

Continuing on we learn that our Lord went even lower in human form than that of Abraham’s time period; even going to that of King David’s time period.  For, according to Matthew 1:1 we read:  “The Book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David.”  And here is Romans 1:3:  “Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.”

 

However, in finality, we learn that Christ even took upon His earthly flesh that of Mary’s time period, which would involve our common sense, seeing how He was conceived via Mary.  Nevertheless, here is the Biblical support as stated by Galatians 4:4:  “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the Law.”

 

From 2SP:88 & GCB February 25, 1895, Article A, paragraph 3, we read:  “The great work of redemption could be carried out only by the Redeemer taking the place of fallen man.  Burdened with the sins of the world, He must go over the ground where Adam stumbled.  He must take up the work just where Adam failed, and endure a test of the same character, but infinitely more severe than that which had vanquished him.  It is impossible for man to fully comprehend the strength of Satan’s temptations to our Saviour.  Every enticement to evil, which men find so difficult to resist, was brought to bear upon the Son of God in as much greater degree as His character was superior to that of fallen man.”

 

 

B) 4,000 YEARS

 

 

“When the tempter assailed Adam he was without the taint of sin.  He stood before God in the strength of perfect manhood, all the organs and faculties of his being fully developed and harmoniously balanced; and he was surrounded with things of beauty, and conversed daily with the holy angels.  What a contrast to this perfect being did the second Adam present, as He entered the desolate wilderness to cope with Satan, single-handed.  For four thousand years the race had been decreasing in size and physical strength, and deteriorating in moral worth; and, in order to elevate fallen man, Christ must reach him where he stood.  He assumed human nature, bearing the infirmities and degeneracy of the race.  He humiliated Himself to the lowest depths of human woe, that He might fully sympathize with man and rescue him from the degradation into which sin had plunged him.”

 

Here we have 4,000 years of a degenerated, sinful humanity that Christ bore upon Himself.  All of us have degraded humanity further by giving way to the inclination to sin.  Not only have we brought the curse of death upon ourselves by breaking God’s Law, but also we have made ourselves more vulnerable to Satan by cooperating with him.

 

According to James 1:13, we know that Divinity cannot sin.  By contrast, we know that man can and has; even though man was without sin in the beginning (referring to Adam).  Therefore, some people question whether or not Christ came in the likeness of man’s flesh.  According to John 1:1, 14; Hebrews 2:11 & 14; First Timothy 3:16; First John 4:3; Second John 1:7, we find that Jesus was to “Come in the flesh.”  Therefore, either Christ was 100% human, or He was not.  Let’s read First John 4:2-3, in order to verify what we should believe about this subject:  “[2] Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is Come in the flesh is of God: [3] And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is Come in the flesh is not of God.”

 

 

C) CAREFUL HOW YOU DISCUSS THE HUMANITY OF CHRIST

 

 

From 5BC:1128 we read:  We must be “exceedingly careful as to how” we “dwell upon the human nature of Christ.  Do not set Him before the people as a man with the propensities of sin.”  If Jesus had any advantage over other men, it was simply that His inherent human nature was never further debilitated by personal indulgence in sin.  “Not once did Christ step on Satan’s ground, to give him any advantage.  Satan found nothing in Him to encourage his advances.”  At this point Mrs. White encourages us to read John 14:30, which reads:  “Hereafter I will not talk much with you:  for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me.”

 

Continuing on with 5BC:1128:  “He is the second Adam {1Co. 15:45-47}.  The first Adam was created a pure, sinless being, without a taint of sin upon him.  He was in the image of God {Gen. 1:26-27; 5:3; 9:6; 1Co. 11:7}.  He could fall, and he did fall through transgressing.  Because of sin, his posterity was born with inherent propensities of disobedience.  But Jesus Christ was the only begotten Son of God.  He took upon Himself human nature, and was tempted in all points as human nature is tempted.”  However, “Never, in any way,” should we “leave the slightest impression upon human minds that a taint of, or inclination to, corruption rested upon Christ, or that He in any way yielded to corruption.”

 

The fact that Christ was 100% human, is brought out to me in a most powerful way when we consider the two cases where our Lord “marveled.”  The first is in Matthew 8:10 (see also Luke 7:9), when our Lord considered the faith of the Roman “centurion,” Matthew 8:8.  Here is Matthew 8:10:  “When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”  The fact that our Lord “marveled” indicates that the centurions actions and belief system was not known to our Lord beforehand, as it would be with God, and surely emphasizes His humanity with this event.

 

The second occasion that brings out our Lord’s humanity to me in a most striking manner, is found in Mark 6:6, where our Lord also “marveled,” because of the unbelief of His own countrymen.  In fact, it is because of these two cases that one would have to consider whether or not Jesus was 100% Divine instead of “marveling” as to His 100% humanity.

 

 

D) COULD CHRIST HAVE SINNED

 

 

Let’s consider James 1:13, in which I mentioned earlier, where I declared that the verse states that God cannot sin.  What the verse really says is, “for God cannot be tempted with evil;” but man can, “Let no man say when he is tempted.”  Therefore, since God cannot be tempted, He cannot sin.  However man can be “tempted,” and since we know that Jesus “was tempted like as we are” (see Heb. 4:15; 2:18; Luke 22:28), we can know that the Bible is telling us that Jesus, in His humanity, “could have sinned.”   Here again is 5BC:1128.4:  Christ “could have sinned; He could have fallen, but not for one moment was there in Him an evil propensity.”

 

From DA:117 we read:  “Many claim that it was impossible for Christ to be overcome by temptation.  Then He could not have been placed in Adam’s position.  He could not have gained the victory that Adam failed to gain.  If we have in any sense a more trying conflict than had Christ, then He would not be able to succor us {Heb. 2:18}.  But our Saviour took humanity, with all its liabilities.  He took the nature of man, with the possibility of yielding to temptation.  We have nothing to bear which He has not endured.”

 

And from RH, February 18, 1890 & 5BC:1082 we read:  “Letters have been coming into me, affirming that Christ could not have had the same nature as man, for if He had, He would have fallen under similar temptations.  If He did not have man’s nature, He could not be our example.  If He was not a partaker of our nature, He could not have been tempted as man has been.  If it were not possible for Him to yield to temptation, He could not be our helper.  It was a solemn reality that Christ Came to fight the battles as man, in man’s behalf.  His temptation and victory tell us that humanity must copy the Pattern; man must become a partaker of the Divine nature.”

 

Also, from RH, April 5, 1906 we read:  “Christ was appointed to the office of Mediator from the creation of God, set up from everlasting to be our Substitute and Surety.  Before the world was made, it was arranged that the Divinity of Christ should be enshrouded in humanity.  ‘A body,’ said Christ, ‘hast Thou prepared Me. . .’  {Hebrews 10:5}.  This was not done by going out of Himself to another, but by taking humanity into Himself.  Thus Christ gave to humanity an existence out of Himself.  To bring humanity into Christ, to bring the fallen race into oneness with Divinity, is the work of redemption.  Christ took human nature that men might be one with Him as He is One with the Father, that God may Love man as He Loves His only begotten Son, that men may be partakers of the Divine nature, and be complete in Him.”

 

 

E) THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS

 

 

Thinking upon the Divinity of Christ, many then ask the question, Did Jesus’ Divinity die on the cross?  From 5BC:1129 we read:  Christ’s Divinity did not die on the cross, “it was His human nature that died.  Deity did not sink and die; that would have been impossible. . . The Deity did not sink under the agonizing torture of Calvary.”  Now here is an important point.  Since His Divinity did not prevent His humanity from dying, neither would His Divinity prevent His humanity from sinning.  This brings us to a startling realization and a revealing statement form 7BC:926:  Christ “became subject to temptation, endangering as it were, His Divine attributes.”

 

Now I want you to contemplate this fact for a moment.  Do you understand what Christ risked in Coming to this earth with the garb of humanity?  Do you realize that not only this earth, but also the entire universe hung in the balance of uncertainty as our Lord endured in His humanity upon this earth?

 

Now you can see another Biblical truth.  Since Christ overcame sin in His humanity, we are to follow His example.  Here is First John 2:6:  “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.”

 

Thus the Biblical truth is that we are to overcome sin in our humanity.  The Book of Revelation is very clear about only those who are “overcomers” will have their final abode being in Heaven.  And the way that we can do that is “through Christ.”  Here is Philippians 4:13:  “I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me.”  And from 7BC:926 we read:  “Man must pass over the ground over which Christ has passed.  As Christ overcame every temptation which Satan brought against Him, so man is to overcome.”

 

And from 5BC:1128-1129 we read:  “It is a mystery that is left unexplained to mortals that Christ could be tempted in all points like as we are, and yet be without sin.  The incarnation of Christ has ever been, and will ever remain a mystery.  That which is revealed, is for us and for our children, but let every human being be warned from the ground of making Christ altogether human, such an one as ourselves; for it cannot be.  The exact time when humanity blended with Divinity, it is not necessary for us to know.  We are to keep our feet on the Rock Christ Jesus, as God revealed in humanity.”

 

From ST, May 10, 1899; 5BC:1129 we read:  “There were occasions when Jesus stood forth while in human flesh as the Son of God.  Divinity flashed through humanity, and was seen by the scoffing priests and rulers. . . When Christ’s indwelling glory flashed forth, it was too intense for His pure and perfect humanity entirely to conceal.”  There will come a time in our lives when that will happen through us, “if” we remain connected to the Holy Spirit.

 

Here are some more statements from the pen of inspiration.  From RH, Oct. 29, 1895; 5BC:1128 we read:  “Christ had not exchanged His Divinity for humanity; but He had clothed His Divinity in humanity.”  And from RH, June 15, 1905; 5BC:1128 we read:  Christ “veiled His Divinity with the garb of humanity, but He did not part with His Divinity. . . That human beings might be partakers of the Divine nature, He Came to this earth, and lived a life of perfect obedience.”

 

Also, from ST, May 10, 1899; 5BC:1128 we read:  “But although Christ’s Divine glory was for a time veiled and eclipsed by His assuming humanity, yet He did not cease to be God when He became man.  The human did not take the place of the Divine, nor the Divine of the human.  This is the mystery of Godliness.  The two expressions ‘human’ and ‘Divine’ were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one, and yet they had a distinct individuality.  Though Christ humbled Himself to become man, the Godhead was still His Own.  His Deity could not be lost while He stood faithful and true to His loyalty.”  And lastly, from RH, July 5, 1887 we read:  Christ “clothed His Divinity with humanity.  He was all the while as God.  He veiled the demonstrations of Deity. . .  He was God while upon earth, but He divested Himself of the form of God. . .  He was God, but the glories of the form of God He for a while relinquished.”

 

 

F) CHRIST’S DIVINITY IN QUESTION

 

 

As touching the Divinity of Christ, there is only one passage in all of the Gospels that would put a damper of belief into the Divinity of our Lord, and that would be Mark, Chapter 8, verses 22-26.  Therefore, let’s review it.

 

22.  And He cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto Him, and besought Him to touch him.

23.  And He took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when He had spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him, He asked him if he saw ought.

24.  And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

25.  After that He put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up:  and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

26.  And He sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

 

There is something wrong with Christ’s miracle here, which is what makes this account so interesting.  It is the only recorded miracle of our Lord’s that seems to be defective; needing two attempts to make it right.  What is interesting to note is that the “they,” verse 22, whoever the “they” are, brought the “blind man” unto Jesus.  In other words, he did not necessarily come willingly, or at least on his own accord; as with most others who cried after Jesus for His healing powers.

 

Also notice that Jesus led this “blind man” “out of the town,” verse 23, of Bethsaida.  The reason I believe our Lord did this is because according to Matthew 11:21 & Luke 10:13, this town had already been condemned for not accepting the “mighty works” which had been done in it.  However, Phillip was from Bethsaida (John 1:44; 12:21), and it is a good thing our Lord did some work there.

 

Notice also that even after the “blind man” is healed our Lord tells him not to go into the town of Bethsaida, but to go to his own hometown and publish his news there.  Reading verse 26 again:  “And He sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town,” meaning “the town” of Bethsaida.  In other words, since this town had been condemned and wouldn’t listen anyway, why bother?

 

But let’s get back to the miracle itself.  According to the testimony of the “blind man” himself, he only saw “men as trees, walking,” verse 24, upon Jesus’ first attempt of healing him.  In a side note, this would imply that this man was not born blind, for he at least recognized something he had apparently already seen before.  In fact, when the text states that he “saw every man clearly,” the actual Greek states it as “saw every man clearly afar,” meaning in today’s terms, that he had 20/20 vision.

 

However once again, getting back to our miracle, the “blind man” had to be re-healed as it were, after our Lord’s first attempt.  Here is verse 25 again:  “After that He put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up:  and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”  In other words, our Lord did heal him the first time, but the healing wasn’t complete, or fully successful.

 

Here is the bottom line.  The “blind man” had to be brought not of his own accord (the “they” of verse 22).  Thus, when Christ allowed the first part of the healing to take place, seeing “men as trees,” faith began to arise in the “blind man’s” mind, and now Christ could fully heal him with the second performance.  Our Lord wants faith” before any other action.

 

 

G) CHRIST’S HUMANITY FOREVER

 

 

In regards to our Lord carrying His humanity throughout eternity, see:  Luke 24:39-43 & Acts 1:10-11.

 

“God gave His only-begotten Son to become one of the human family, forever to retain His human nature.”  DA:25.

 

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