The Humanity of Jesus

The Humanity of Jesus

 

First of all, I do not want to take away any of the deity of Jesus. He was God, the Son in the Trinity, who came down to earth to become a man. We are taught that Jesus is God among us. In Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah prophesied about a virgin giving birth to a Son and she shall call His name Immanuel. In Matthew 1:22-23, Matthew talks about the fulfilling of the prophecy that a virgin shall be with child and bring forth a Son and they shall call His name Emmanuel. Matthew also gives us the meaning of the name Emmanuel, which is God with us. In Isaiah, the name begins with I and in Matthew, it begins with E, but they are the same. In the Gospel of John 1:1-5, John talks about Jesus as the Word and that He was with God and was God and He was the Creator of all things. In John 1:6-17, John talks about John the Baptist as being a witness for Jesus as the Light of the world and that Jesus was in the world and the world was made by Him and the world did not know Him. He came unto His own people, the Israelites- (He was born an Israelite because His mother Mary was one)- and they, the Israelites, did not receive Him and they rejected Him. So the passages in the Gospel of John tell us that Jesus is the Son in the Trinity who came down to earth. There are a lot of other passages that show us this also.

Let’s look at the Name Jesus: In Luke 1:31, the angel says to Mary, “Thou shall conceive in thy womb and bring forth a Son and shall call His Name Jesus”. In v.32, “He shall be called the Son of the Highest”, meaning God. In Matthew 1:20, the angel talks to Joseph in a dream and tells him that Mary is pregnant of the Holy Ghost. In v.21, the angel tells him to call His name Jesus. In Mark 1:1, Mark says ‘The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God’. In John 1:17 the name Jesus is mentioned and in v.18, Jesus is said to be in the bosom of the Father. There is no mention of the name Jesus before His birth in Bethlehem. All I am trying to say is that ‘Jesus’ is His physical name and that He is the Son of God. When it says that Jesus was in the bosom of the Father it means the same as in John 13:23 at the last supper where it says that John was

 

leaning on the bosom of Jesus by laying on His chest. Jesus is in the bosom of the Father the same way, not in God but outside of God.

The name Emmanuel is used 3 times in the Bible, in Isaiah 8:8 it has nothing to do with what we are talking about here, but in Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah says, “A virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Emmanuel”. In Matthew 1:23, Matthew repeats the prophecy of Isaiah and says that “The name ‘Emmanuel’ means God with us”. ‘Jesus’ is His human name and ‘Emmanuel’ is His Godly name. There is no place in scripture where Jesus is said to be God and there is no place where Jesus is called Emmanuel. The name Jesus means Savior and Emmanuel means God with us.

Let’s look at the Trinity: God is 1 and in Him are 3 Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father in the Trinity is not the Father of the Son in the Trinity. All 3 Persons in the Trinity are equal, always have been and always will be. They are all equal and no one is above the other. I don’t know where the Names Father, Son and Holy Spirit came from, but the names are mentioned in Scripture so I believe them. They are names or titles given Them for us to be able to distinguish one from the other. In the Trinity we have Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we do not have Father, the Son of God and the Holy Spirit. The Son of God is a man and you cannot put man into God. However, God can be put into man.

Let’s look at the birth of Jesus: Jesus was born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary. The word ‘virgin’ is always emphasized to show us that Jesus did not have a human father. There was no man involved in her pregnancy. In Luke 1:26-35 the Angel Gabriel is sent by God to a virgin named Mary, who was betrothed or espoused to a man named Joseph. Betrothal in those days was a bit more than our engagements of today. He tells her not to fear, that she will get pregnant, deliver a son and call His name Jesus. Gabriel says that He shall be called the Son of the Highest, (Son of God), and God will give Him the throne of His father David. David was not His actual father, but He was in the lineage of David.

 

 

[In Israel, to be king, you had to be born into the lineage of David. In 2nd Samuel 7:12-16, David was promised that his kingdom and throne would be established forever. Mary is in the line of David through David’s son Nathan and that makes Jesus eligible to be king. Where Joseph is not the father of Jesus, Mary had to be the one in David’s lineage].

In v.33 Gabriel says that He, Jesus, will reign over the house of Jacob, meaning, ‘All of Israel’. Jacob was the name of the father of the twelve sons before they became tribes. God changed his name to Israel. In the days of Jesus on earth, Herod was king. He was not a legitimate king in the eyes of Israel. He had purchased his kingship from Rome. In v.34 Mary asks how can this happen where she has never had sex with any man? In v.35 Gabriel answers her, “The Holy Ghost will come upon you and make you pregnant and He, the baby, will be called the Son of God”, not God the Son. Mary is the mother of Jesus, the man, ‘Not the mother of God’. Mary is not the mother of Emmanuel, because that name points to the Son in the Trinity and He always was. He had no beginning and has no end. He is eternal. Jesus has a beginning in Bethlehem when He is born and He has an end at Calvary. The baby, Jesus, was born like every other baby except that He was born sinless. Every other baby is born of man who has original sin from Adam who committed the first sin in the Garden of Eden. Mary was made pregnant by the Holy Spirit so that Jesus could be born sinless. Sin is not transmitted to the baby through the mother, but only through the father.

Let’s look at Jesus the man: Jesus is made up of 3 parts; body, soul and spirit, just like every other man, but there is a difference in those parts. Without sin in Him, His body is just like Adam’s was before Adam sinned. He would not be sick or die. In man the Godly Spirit is dead. If you go back to Genesis 1:27, you will read that man and woman were created in the image of God, which is the Spirit of God in man. That’s what died because of sin. In Jesus it is alive because He has no sin. Man has a sin nature that is part of the soul and that is why it is so easy for us to

 

 

sin. If you look at Ephesians 2:3, you see that we all had our conversations (how we lived) in times past (before we became Christians). The rest of the verse tells us of all the fleshly desires and that by nature we were the children of wrath. We are naturally born to be sinners. When we come to know the Lord Jesus as our personal savior, the Spirit of God is made alive in us, the Holy Spirit dwells within us and they do battle with the soul of man, (because we are children of wrath or Satan, our souls are governed by Satan). All spiritual battles take place in our minds. In Ephesians 6:11-18, It tells you all about spiritual battles. They are not physical battles. All of the armour that is given is not for the physical but for the spiritual. I’ll use one piece of armour for an example. The sword of the spirit is the word of God. That does not mean that we are to carry a sword around in our hand to duel like they did in the old days, but like Jesus did in His three temptations after the 40 days in the wilderness. Jesus used scripture, (The Sword of the Spirit). When we talk about the armour, it covers the whole body. That is an illustration to help us to understand how to use all this armour to protect the whole mind. We know that the Holy Spirit in us could defeat all the temptations of Satan but He does not force us to do anything because we are given our own free wills to choose right or wrong.

Jesus had no sin nature in Him so His soul had a better chance of not committing sin. If you think that Jesus had an advantage over us, don’t. Adam had no sin nature in him and he sinned. If we had no sin nature in us we would sin just like Adam. In Philippians 2:5-7 Paul says “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”. What mind is that? If you look at the first 4 verses of the chapter you will see the humbleness of Jesus and that’s the mind that Paul wants them to have; to be humble like Jesus our example. In v.6 ‘Being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God’. What this means is that Jesus was a being that existed in heaven before He was born to Mary. If you look at Ephesians 1:4 you see also that Paul says that the Lord had chosen us, the Ephesians, Paul

 

 

himself and all other Christians before the world began. So we also had a being in heaven before we were born on earth.

The being in v.6 was created by God so that the Son in the Trinity could come to earth and become a man. The words in Philippians 2:7, ‘Made Himself of no reputation’, mean that the Son in the Trinity emptied Himself – I believe – of all of His glory and powers. (The only time we see any glory in Jesus is at the mount of Transfiguration in Matthew 17:2 and in Mark 9:2. Only 3 apostles saw that. In John 17, ‘The great prayer of our Lord’, in v.5, Jesus prays, “Glorify Me with Your Self and the glory I had with You before the world was”). In emptying Himself of the glory He also emptied Himself of the power. You cannot find anywhere in the Bible where Jesus was in 2 places at the same time, so He was not Omnipresent. So many times He told his disciples that He did not know, only the Father knew and He could not answer their questions, so He did not have Omniscience. In John 5:19, Jesus says, “The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do”. Jesus thanked the Father so many times after He performed a miracle, so Jesus was not Omnipotent. There are numerous passages where Jesus thanks the Father for the miracles. The Son in the Trinity came down to earth to become a man, and when He did, He voluntarily limited Himself as to what He could do. His object was to identify Himself with humanity, not to appear to man as divine, but as human.

When Jesus prays, He sometimes says “God” and at other times, He says, “Father”. I believe that in His prayers, when He says Father or God, He is talking to the ‘Trinity’: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In John 17, Jesus prays to the Father and in v.3 Jesus says, “this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent”. If Jesus is praying only to the Father in the Trinity and He says the only true God, that means the Son and the Holy Spirit were not true Gods. We know that that is not true. By praying to the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and calling Them Father, the verse makes sense. When we as

 

 

Christians pray, we also say ‘Father’ and we pray to God as a whole and not to one Person in the Trinity. In Galatians 1:1, Paul says “God the Father who raised Jesus from the dead”. What this shows is that Jesus did not raise Himself from the dead. There are a lot of people who say that Jesus raised Himself. It also says ‘God the Father’ and again in v.3 Paul says from ‘God the Father’ and in v.4 Paul says according to the will of ‘God and ‘Our’ Father’. You can see that the title Father is given to God the Trinity and not to just one Person in that Trinity. I want to mention one more verse, Romans 15:6, Paul says “Glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. There are so many more verses that say that God is the Father, not the Father in the Trinity. Remember the Trinity consists of 3 Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and all 3 are 1 in God.

We are still talking about Jesus the man: In James 1:13, James says, “For God cannot be tempted with evil”. So, if Jesus is God how can He be led of the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil? 3 Gospels refer to this: Matthew 4:1, Mark 1:12-13 and Luke 4:1-2. Not only was Jesus tempted but in Luke 4:1, Luke says, “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost”. If Jesus is God, how can He be full of 1 Person of the Trinity when God is all 3 Persons combined? In Hebrews 4:15, it says, “We have a High Priest, (Jesus), who was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin”.

Still talking about Jesus the man: In Acts 6:9 you will find the name Stephen at the end of the verse and in Acts 7 you find what is called the sermon of Stephen. The reason for going back to 6:9 is because that’s the last time his name was mentioned and you wouldn’t know that this was the sermon of Stephen. In v.55 it says, ‘Stephen being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up into heaven and saw the Glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God’, and in v.56 Stephen says. “I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man, (Jesus), standing on the right hand of God”. Jesus, even in His glorified body, is not part of the Trinity. He is outside of it.

 

 

Still talking about Jesus the man: Jesus performed many miracles while He was on earth, but He did not do them with His own power. All of the miracles that Jesus performed, were also done by prophets, apostles and other men. They were all done by the power of the Holy Spirit, the same as with Jesus. In John 11:41-42, Jesus says, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me and I know that You hear Me always. But because of the people who stand by I am saying it out loud so that they may believe that You have sent Me”. This is an example for them and for us, to show that He did not pray aloud most of the time, but always prayed before He did anything. Then He raised Lazarus from the dead. The power to do that did not come from Him but from God. In Matthew 28:18-20, ‘the great commission’, Jesus says in v.18 “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth”. Again we see that the power does not come from Himself but from God. We also have that same power but to be able to use it, we have to be in communion with the Father like Jesus was and have complete faith in God like Jesus did. It’s not just words spoken. It is believing in your heart, that God can do it through you.

Still talking about Jesus the man: God cannot die, He always has been and always will be. If Jesus the man is God, how could He die on the cross? You may think that I am contradicting myself by saying He died on the cross, when earlier I had written, ‘with His sinless body He could live forever’, but I’m not. When Jesus died on the cross, He did not die from sickness or wounds that man inflicted. He died because everything that needed to be done for our salvation was done and God gave Him the power to give up His own life.

God and the Trinity is a mystery, and we think that we know the meaning of the word mystery, but when it comes to the mystery of God we do not have the faintest idea of what that means. The more we study the word, the more God reveals of Himself to us. But with our finite minds we have problems in understanding the infinity of God. If God reveals something to you, tell someone about it. God has not given you this

 

 

revelation for you alone, but to help educate the church, the body of Christ. Don’t be afraid to say that God revealed it to you. God is not a respecter of persons, so you don’t have to be special to receive from God. You just have to study His word. If God can reveal things to me He can reveal them to anyone. You cannot take away that Jesus, as the Son of God, was also the Son in the Trinity, who came down to earth to become a man. In a sense it’s like I’m saying that Jesus was God and that He wasn’t God and this is a mystery as to how God did it. I cannot explain it. One last thing: Why do you think that Jesus had to leave this world? I know the Bible says that Jesus left so that the comforter, (Holy Spirit), could come. I believe that the Holy Spirit had to come because He could be in all places of the world at the same time and Jesus could only be in 1 place at a time: With the Spirit, ‘the world’, With Jesus, ‘Jerusalem’.

The reason I’m writing about the humanity of Jesus is first because the Lord led me to do it, and secondly because there are so many Christians who feel that they cannot be changed into the image of Jesus, ‘if He was God on earth’, so they give up trying. The Holy Spirit is the one trying to conform us to the image of Jesus but He needs our help to do that. Seeing that Jesus was a man and was tempted in all ways like us may help people to try a little harder to be more like Him. I don’t know why the Lord led me to write this but I know He did. So I’ve done what He called me to do and now it’s up to Him. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus and because He loves me and His love flows through me I can say to everyone who reads this, whether I know you or not, “I love you”.

 

 

Bill Gauthier

 

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