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Monday, April 25, 2005
Jesus was both God and Man
Growing up without scripture, I inherited much theological folklore from my mother. She was catholic, and educated in a catholic school until grade five. She could recite the Rosary from memory, but hadn't cracked a bible open in her life. From her I learned that Jesus was God's son, and that he died on the cross in order to possibly save us from sin if we were good enough.

The deity of Jesus Christ was emphasized - that is, Jesus was God in the form of a man.

I knew that Jesus was human of course, He certainly ate, slept, breathed and eventually bleed while on the earth - but it was equally clear that Jesus was not merely a man - since He was also all knowing and all powerful.

Jesus looked like a human - but He was God through and through.

It wasn't until after I came to Christ and began studying the scripture's that I was able to divest myself of this notion. Scripture teaches that Jesus did what He did in the power of the Holy Spirit as opposed to in His own power. Jesus, we are told, emptied Himself and came to earth as a man of low birth. He lived by the same faith that we are expected to live - and did nothing in His own strength.

When I finally understood that Jesus, although fully God, remained entirely human on earth - it opened my eyes about a few things.

I used to think - well, Jesus did that - but hey, He is God, and I am not. I can't be expected to be perfect like Jesus - I am just a man.

Yet as I begin to understand the new covenant, I begin to see an absolute necessity that Jesus be understood as being entirely and completely human during His tenure on earth. He was still God - but while on earth He did nothing of Himself - any omniscience He seemed to possess He was given by the Holy Spirit - it was not His own, but imparted to Him through the Holy Spirit. That is why they blasphemed the Holy Spirit when they said He was casting out demons by the power of the devil - He wasn't casting out the demons in His own power - but by the "Finger of God" (the Holy Spirit).

What God did for Christ, He can do for all of us.
posted by Daniel @ 12:25 PM  
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