How can Jesus be both God and man?

God could become man for the same reason Jesus could perform miracles and God could create the universe out of nothing: namely, that God can do as He pleases. Anything that is not immoral that can possibly be done, can be done by God. “With God all things are possible”” (Matthew 19:26).

 

He announced His coming (Old Testament prophecies). Then when He did come, He told us exactly who He was. For example, “Before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58), “The Father and I are one” (John 10:31), and “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). To make His point clear, Jesus performed miracles that no other human being has performed, the culmination of which was His resurrection from the dead.

 

We can think of Jesus as the invisible God taking on a visible form. He did this in order to communicate His love to us, to show us the way to Himself, and ultimately to provide the way to Himself. Jesus did this by allowing Himself to be put to death, crucified, for the forgiveness of our sins. The Bible says that, in Jesus, God “made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:5).

 

In Jesus, the transcendent God ‘untranscended’ so that He could die in our place, as a bridge for us to Himself, God. Here are some other ways that the Bible explains this remarkable event and Person…

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. (John 1:1,14)

He [Jesus Christ] is the image of the invisible God. (Colossians 1:15)

In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. (Colossians 2:9)

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being. (Hebrews 1:3)

 

The official teaching, called doctrine, is that Jesus is the second person of the Trininy, became flesh for us and for our sake. He will always be in this spiritual/phisical form. And someday, we will be like him.

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3 thoughts on “How can Jesus be both God and man?

    1. Truth2Freedom Post author

      Read the blog post – Is Jesus Christ God – https://truth4freedom.wordpress.com/know-why-you-believe/chapter-3-is-jesus-christ-god/

      The Deity of Jesus

      MARK 2:1–12
      “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
      (Mark 2:7).

      The New Testament presents many arguments for the full deity of Jesus Christ. Today let’s look at a few of them. One of the most important is that Jesus forgave sins, and this is something only God can do. In Mark 2 we read that Jesus said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” The Jews knew that this meant He was claiming to be God, and Jesus did not dispute them: “The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” He said (Mark 2:5–10).

      Shortly thereafter Jesus claimed to be Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28). Since the Sabbath was an ordinance set up by God at creation (Genesis 2:1–3), only God Himself could be Lord of the Sabbath. One of the most important lines of evidence for the deity of Jesus is that He accepted worship. The Jews were extremely careful not to give worship to anything or anyone except God, and in the Ten Commandments all forms of idolatry were strictly prohibited. When Thomas saw the risen Christ, however, he cried “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Jesus did not rebuke him, but accepted his worship.

      Angels also worship Jesus Christ. The author of Hebrews says that Jesus is the Son of the Father (Hebrews 1:5), and then writes this: “And again, when God brings His Firstborn into the world, He says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship Him’ ” (v. 6). The worship Jesus receives is in complete contrast to the angels, of whom it is said, “He makes His angels winds, His servants flames of fire,” because “are not all angels ministering spirits?” (Hebrews 1:7, 14). Angels are servants, but the Son is God Himself.

      Finally for today, consider what we find in John 8:58–59: “ ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’ At this, they picked up stones to stone Him.” Jesus was using the Old Testament name of God: I AM THAT I AM. Each time in John’s gospel that Jesus said, “I am,” He was claiming to be God.

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