I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.
Here is the study for Tuesday’s Group Bible Study. At the request of one of our students we are exploring the humanity and divinity of Christ. Many find I a mystery how Jesus could be 100% man and 100% God all at the same time. The math seems a little fuzzy there. A country gospel song I heard a while back explains it best I think. In the song Jesus in the temple visiting the teachers, who ask Him how old He is. In the song he answers, “On my mother’s side I am 12 years old. On my Father’s side I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”
The Human Nature of Jesus
John 1:1-3, 14 —————————- Did Jesus really become flesh?
Hebrews 2:14-17 ——————————— Who was He made like?
Romans 1:1-3 —————— Who was one of His earthly ancestors?
Romans 8:3, 4 ——– What type of flesh did He take upon Himself?
1 John 4:3 ——————— What does the spirit of antichrist deny?
NOTE: The word flesh here always refers to fallen flesh. Never once
is it used in reference to unfallen, sinless flesh.
Philippians 2:5-7 ————- Who was Jesus made in the likeness of?
NOTE: The phrase “made Himself of no reputation” means literally
“emptied Himself.” When He became man, He emptied Himself of
His Godly powers to meet the Devil on the same ground we must meet
him on. These three powers were His omniscience (all knowing),
omnipotence (all powerful), and omnipresence (all present).
Mark 13:32 – Did Jesus still know all things while in His human form?
John 5:19, 30 ——— How only was He able to do the things He did?
John 8:28 ——————- How much was He able to do on His own?
Matthew 26:39, 42 – To Whom did He always keep His will submitted?
Revelation 3:21 ——————————– How are we to overcome?
James 4:7 ——————————– What are we called upon to do?
Here is a parting thought: On the cross Christ was completely man and completely God. While everyone was mocking and crucifying Him one man turned to Him and repented. Christ then used his divine right to forgive sin. He never used His divinity to save Himself, only to save others. He gave up all divine rights on the cross, save the right to forgive sinners.
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