What the Bible Says About Jesus Christ 
Part 2, Jesus’ Two Natures

Last post we started talking about the Christ, the second person in the Godhead. We talked about His place and His role in the Trinity. But one of the greatest difficulties people have in understanding Jesus Christ is His two natures—God and man.

Perhaps the best place to start discussing this is to note that Genesis 1 points out to us that mankind is a rather uniquely natured creature. Unlike the other creations of God’s hand, we have something quite special…

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:26, 27)

The image of God is not the same thing as being God, of course—we are not eternal, almighty, etc.; but there is something about our spirit (what God is made of, John 4:24) that is the same as God. And that image of God that we are is able to be “wrapped in flesh”. So also Jesus was wrapped in flesh. Paul put it this way, (Philippians 2:7) “but [Christ] emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” There was some “emptying” of Himself to be done to accomplish the incarnation, it would appear to be just as possible for the Son of God to be incarnated in temptable, mortal flesh as it is for the “image of God” to be. Who we are is our image-of-God spirit; who Jesus was and is His unique and authentic God Spirit—with the same fleshly “wrappers”.

But why? The correction of man’s fall could only be fixed by the incarnation. It is only in flesh that the price for mankind’s sin could be paid in suffering and death (on the cross). In His flesh the Son of God not only taught men what is good but He showed how it was done. It is only in mortal flesh that Christ could truly (experientially) learn about human pain, sickness, and sorrow. Only in flesh (emptied of deity) could He what it is to live in Father-dependent faith—depending on the Father for His daily bread (Mark 8:6) as well as miracles performed (John 11:41-44). Only in flesh could He be fully tempted like we are and feel the full force of human appetite and passion. Only in flesh could He experience everything we experience—even learning obedience by what He was tempted with and suffered—Hebrews 5:8. And only in flesh could He become the “first fruit” of the resurrection, defeating death and giving mankind certain hope.

But what of His divine nature as a man? Here, there are lots of questions. How much of His divinity did He emptied from Himself? Or how much He, therefore, operated by sight rather than by faith? And the truth is, there’s many things we don’t know, but whatever measure of God-ness Jesus chose to leave behind in becoming a man—it was an unimaginable step down for the Son of God. What inexpressible love for mankind this sacrifice alone demonstrates! But we can know a few things. For example, John 6:46 tells us that He knew the Father in a special way: “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father”. And John 8:56-58 tells us that He knew firsthand of Old Testament events. And although we don’t know exactly how much of His deity might have contributed to His perfect life, we can know is that His divinity didn’t empty anything from the power of His temptations—the same power that they wield against men.

So what? Christ’s dual nature allows Him to understand and know experientially and fully what it is to be human, and thereby become the perfect intercessor, mediator, and high priest for us between the Father and mankind. Jesus doesn’t just understand in an untouched, intellectual way; He knows the human world intimately. What great news! Jesus really understands us! “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17).

But we also learn that despite all the suffering, temptations, distractions, emotions, and passions we don’t have to sin. Our sins are our fully controllable choices. Jesus, living as a human proved it. It’s something we need to remind ourselves next time we’re tempted to justify sin with the “I just couldn’t help it” excuse.

What a marvel! The Creator, coming to live among us to not only understand us intimately, but also to lift us, free us, save us, execute our covenant of adoption, and become the “first fruit” and guarantee of our own resurrection in His flesh. Hallelujah, what a Savior

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3 Responses to What the Bible Says About Jesus Christ 
Part 2, Jesus’ Two Natures

  1. Where do you get it Jesus would be a second person in “the Godhead”. According to the Holy scriptures there exist only One True God of gods, and that is the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, god of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus. In the book of books is written that the Divine Creator, Who does not tell lies, declared the man standing in the river Jordan to be His (God’s) only begotten beloved son and not Him.

    • parklinscomb says:

      Well, the short reply would be: John 1:1-3, 14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being…And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The answer to how it could be that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit could be one could be explained in the same sense that husband and wife are said to be one, though they are 2 individuals—although with regard to God, in a much fuller and deeper sense. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are so much in unity of mind, will, power, essence, and heart that the only difference between them appears to be in the parts they play in the grand scheme of redemption.

      • Yah Chanan (#Jo 1:1-3): In the beginning the Word having been and the Word having been unto God and God having been the Word he having been, in the beginning, unto God all through his hand became: and without him not even one being whatever became. (Aramaic New Covenant; ANCJ Released: 1996 Contents: New Testament Source Used: Exegeses Bibles (1996) Location: Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom)

        It was not Jesus in person who was with God, but God His Word, which is normal when a person speaks, because a word is not a person but an element, an action. God had spoken in the Garden of Eden and had promised a solution for the fall of man. The promised solution of salvation is Jesus Christ who was promised long before Abraham, but got born many years after Abraham. By his birth the Word spoken by God in the early times of creation, became a reality and the man who was to take care that death would be overtaken became the anointed who gave his body for the sins of all, not by doing his own will but by doing the Will of his heavenly Father. (see several passages in Scriptures indicating this.)

        In several passages from the Torah we can find that there is only One True god and no one else besides Him.

        In the Holy Scriptures we also do find god is a God of order and clarity Who does not tell lies. So do you consider God saying the truth when He declared Jesus to be His only begotten beloved son? And did God tell the truth when He said He can not be seen by man and man staying alive? God also tells us He is an eternal Spirit (no beginning, no birth, no end, no death) to whom man nor death can do HIm anything Him having no bones, no flesh and no blood.

        Do you also belief Jesus did not commit sin , as is written in the Bible? This would mean that Jesus also never told lies. So what about him saying he is no ghost and proving it with showing his wounds; And what about him (Jesus) saying that he can’t do anything without his heavenly Father (Jehovah God) Who is greater than him (Jesus)?

        Please do find following passages:

        “And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27 ASV)

        “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven.” (Genesis 2:4 ASV)

        “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show unto his servants, [even] the things which must shortly come to pass: and he sent and signified [it] by his angel unto his servant John;” (Revelation 1:1 ASV)

        “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God:” (Revelation 3:14 ASV)

        “Worthy art thou, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power: for thou didst create all things, and because of thy will they were, and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 ASV)

        “Ah Lord Jehovah! behold, thou hast made the heavens and the earth by thy great power and by thine outstretched arm; there is nothing too hard for thee,” (Jeremiah 32:17 ASV)

        “1 ¶ Praise ye Jehovah. Praise ye Jehovah from the heavens: Praise him in the heights. 2 Praise ye him, all his angels: Praise ye him, all his host. 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: Praise him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, And ye waters that are above the heavens. 5 Let them praise the name of Jehovah; For he commanded, and they were created.” (Psalms 148:1-5 ASV)

        “For every house is builded by some one; but he that built all things is God.” (Hebrews 3:4 ASV)

        “Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” (Psalms 90:2 ASV)

        “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, [be] honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17 ASV)

        “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].” (John 1:18 ASV)

        “And he said, Thou canst not see my face; for man shall not see me and live.” (Exodus 33:20 ASV)

        “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, [be] honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17 ASV)

        “30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. 31 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: wherefore also the holy thing which is begotten shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:30-35 ASV)

        “21 ¶ Now it came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that, Jesus also having been baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form, as a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. 23 And Jesus himself, when he began [to teach], was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the [son] of Heli,” (Luke 3:21-23 ASV)

        “But we behold him who hath been made a little lower than the angels, [even] Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he should taste of death for every [man].” (Hebrews 2:9 ASV)

        “Since then the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner partook of the same; that through death he might bring to nought him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;” (Hebrews 2:14 ASV)

        “Wherefore it behooved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17 ASV)

        “3 So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the rudiments of the world: 4 but when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 So that thou art no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:3-7 ASV)

        “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. 28 ¶ Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe. 30 I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing in me; 31 but that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” (John 14:27-31 ASV)

        “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 ASV)

        “And when all things have been subjected unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subjected to him that did subject all things unto him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28 ASV)

        “17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh even until now, and I work. 18 For this cause therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only brake the sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doeth, these the Son also doeth in like manner. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and greater works than these will he show him, that ye may marvel. 21 For as the Father raiseth the dead and giveth them life, even so the Son also giveth life to whom he will. 22 For neither doth the Father judge any man, but he hath given all judgment unto the Son; 23 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father that sent him. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life. 25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live. 26 For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave he to the Son also to have life in himself: 27 and he gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man.” (John 5:17-27 ASV)

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