What is a Christian? part 5
Many passages of the Bible affirm the humanity of Jesus Christ. Romans 5:15 declares that “the free gift is not like the transgression for if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” I Timothy 2:5 affirms that “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” I Corinthians 15:21 asserts that “since death came by man, by man came also the resurrection for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be alive.” In John 8:40 Jesus Christ said, “But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth.” Because of the abundant Scriptural evidence which speaks of the humanity of Jesus Christ, the Christian believes that Jesus Christ is truly a man—like all other men with one glorious exception. The Bible says that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But Jesus Christ knew no sin. Hebrews 4:15 asserts that “he was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.” In John 14:30 Jesus said, “the prince of this world (Satan) cometh, and hath nothing in me.” I Peter 2:22 reads “Who (Jesus Christ) did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” I John 3:5 asserts that “in him is no sin.” II Corinthians 5:21 declares that “he knew no sin.” Jesus Christ perfectly, continuously, absolutely fulfilled the will of the Father. He never had to go to bed feeling guilty. He never had to go to bed wishing that he hadn’t said something that he had said, or wishing that he had not thought something that he had thought, or wishing that he had not felt something that he had felt, or wishing that he had not done something that he had done. He lived a perfectly sinless life. In this respect he was different from all other human beings. Other Scripture passages which teach the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ are: John 8:29; 17:1-4; Luke 1:35; Matthew 3:17; 27:4; 23:41; Luke 1:35; Mark l:24; I Peter 1:19; Hebrews 7:26; 9:14.
However, the Bible not only teaches that Jesus Christ was a perfect man, it also teaches that Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh. Jesus Christ was more than a great man. He was very God of very God. He was not merely a great human teacher who came to show men the way to God. He was God who came to reveal God to man. The Bible speaking of Jesus as the Word of God, the perfect revealer of the Father says “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14). The Bible teaches that the eternal son of God left heaven and took on human nature, being conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus himself said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9b). Frequently in the Bible Jesus Christ is called God. In Hebrews 1:8 God the Father speaks to Jesus Christ and says, “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.” Romans 9:5 tells us that “concerning the flesh Christ came of the fathers who is over all, God blessed forever.” John 20:28 tells us that Thomas fell at the feet of Jesus Christ and said, “My Lord and my God.” I John 3:16 asserts “that hereby perceive we the love of God, because he (Jesus Christ) laid down his life for us.” Titus 2:13 speaks of the “glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” I John 5:20 reads, “We are in him that is true, even in his son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”
The Bible also indicates that Jesus Christ is God by applying to Jesus Christ in the New Testament, Old Testament passages which refer to Jehovah. In Isaiah 40:3 the Bible says that “the way of Jehovah is to be prepared.” John the Baptist quotes this verse of Scripture in the New Testament in reference to Jesus Christ. Isaiah 6:1, 4 tells us that Isaiah saw Jehovah. In John 12:41 we are told that the one that he saw was Jesus Christ. In Joel 2:32 we read “that whosoever shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 quotes this verse in reference to Jesus Christ.
These two facts, namely that the Bible calls Jesus Christ God and that Old Testament passages referring to God are applied to Jesus Christ in the New Testament, give abundant proof that Jesus Christ is God. Add to these facts, the Biblical facts that Jesus Christ possesses the attributes of God, that Jesus Christ performs the works of God, that his name is associated with God the Father in an equalitarian way, that there are Biblical statements which clearly teach that he is God, that he claims to be able to do things that only God can do, and the certainty of his God head is irrefutably established (Matthew 10:32, 37; 18:20; 28:19, 20; Mark 2:5-12; Luke 4:16-21; 24:27, 44; John 1:1, 3, 29; 2:25; 3:13, 36; 5:17, 46; 6:35; 8:12, 56-58; 10:27-30; 11:25, 26; 14:9-11; 21:17; Acts 10:43 ; II Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 1:3; Philippians 2:5, 6; Colossians 1:14, 16, 17; 2:9; I Timothy 3:14-16; Hebrews 1:3, 10; 4:12, 13; Revelation 1:8; Isaiah 9:6).
A Christian is therefore a person who believes that Jesus Christ is God and man mysteriously, indivisible and yet distinctly joined in one person. He believes that Jesus Christ has a divine nature and that He also has a human nature. This is a mystery to the Christian but since it is clearly taught in the Bible, the Christian believes it and thus the Christian humbly bows to the teaching of the Word of God. He believes what he cannot perfectly understand. He cannot nor does he try to eradicate or erase the Biblical truth that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man. He accepts both of these facts, submitting to the clear evidence of the Word of God.
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