Jesus Christ's Human Parentage,
Human Relation to God, Human in all Things
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Luke 2:7, Acts 2:30,
, Acts 13:23, Rom. 1:3, Gal. 4:4, Heb. 7:14
Jesus Christ had a human parentage and human ancestry. He was Mary’s son and
David s seed.
Mary was as truly the mother of
Jesus Christ as God was His
was weary. Compare
slept. Compare Ps.
suffered physical agony.
1 Cor. 15:3
Jesus Christ was subject to weariness, hunger, thirst, agony and death—to the
physical limitations of human nature.
and Moral Limitations
advanced in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. He was subject
to human conditions of physical, mental and moral growth.
Mark 11:13, 13:32
SECOND PROPOSITION: The knowledge of
Jesus Christ was subject to limitations.
1.—His knowledge was self-limited. (Phil.
2:5, ESV “Emptied
himself.” Must not press this verse too far. The context shows an emptying of
glory rather than of attributes.)
As a teacher
was divinely and fully inspired so that he spoke “the words of God.”
3.—The indwelling Divine Nature often burst through the veil of flesh (see
passages under Chapter I), but
as a man
he was a real man in his mental make-up.
Heb. 4:15, Heb. 2:18
Jesus Christ was tempted. He was subject to the essential moral limitations of
1.—A carnal nature is not an essential part of human nature. It does not
belong to human nature as God made it. It is what has become part of human
nature by sin.
2.—Heb. 2:14, Phil. 2:5–8
Christ in His moral
limitations was self-limited. He voluntarily placed himself underneath the
essential moral limitations that man is under in order to redeem man. Wondrous
3.—He was tempted “without sin.”
Jesus Christ was subject to the intellectual and moral limitations essential
to human nature.
(a) Mark 1:35,
John 6:15, Luke 22:41–45, Heb. 5:7
Jesus Christ prayed (25 times mentioned). He obtained power for work and for
moral victory as other men do, by prayer. He was subject to human conditions
for obtaining what He desired.
Jesus Christ obtained power for His divine works not by His inherent Divinity
but by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He was subject to the same conditions
of power as other men.
Jesus Christ was subject to limitations in the exercise of power during the
days of His humiliation.
Jesus Christ was subject to human conditions for the obtaining of power and
human limitations in its exercise. This was during the days of His
IV. Human Relation
Jesus Christ called the Father “My God.”
bore the relation of man to God the Father.
V. Human in All
Heb. 2:17, ESV
Jesus Christ was made “in all things” like unto His brethren, subject to all
the physical, mental and moral conditions of existence essential to human
Jesus Christ was in every respect a real man. He became so voluntarily to
redeem man. (Phil.
2:5–8; 2 Cor. 8:9.)
He partook of human nature that we might become partakers of the Divine
nature. 2 Pet. 1:4—“Whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of
the Divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through
How shall we reconcile the Bible doctrine of the true Deity of
Jesus Christ with the Bible
doctrine of the real human nature of
That is not our main business. Our first business is to find out what the
various passages mean in their natural grammatical interpretation. Then if we
can reconcile them, well; if not, believe them both and leave the
reconciliation to increasing knowledge. It is a thoroughly vicious principle
of interpretation that we must interpret every passage in the Bible so that we
can readily reconcile it with every other passage. This gives rise to a
one-sided theology. One man becomes a one-sided Calvinist and another a
one-sided Arminian, and so on through the whole gamut of doctrine. Our
business is to find out the plainly intended sense of the passage in hand as
determined by usage of words, grammatical construction and context. Remember
that in many cases two truths that seemed utterly irreconcilable or perfectly
contradictory to us once are now, with increased knowledge, seen to
beautifully harmonize. Truths that still seem to us to be contradictory
perfectly harmonize in the infinite wisdom of God, and will some day, when we
approach more nearly to God’s omniscience, perfectly harmonize in the infinite
wisdom of God, and will some day, when we approach more nearly to God’s
omniscience, perfectly harmonize in our minds. How fearlessly the Bible puts
the Deity and manhood of Jesus Christ
in closest juxtaposition.
Matt. 8:24–26, Luke 3:21,
22, John. 11:38,
44, Luke 9:28,
35, Matt. 16:16,
21, Heb. 1:6,
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