The Humanity Of Christ
Does the HUMAN SPIRIT of Christ exist and what distinguishes it from the SPIRIT OF GOD?
The Humanity of Christ:
Must be able to explain what makes Jesus a Real Human
Jesus was a Jewish Man
Jesus did not just “appear” as something, Jesus “existed” as something, and he existed as something specific to his nature. It is true, that Jesus (like all men) did indeed exist before he became human, Jesus existed in the thought, plan, or will of God (or as a spirit – that which comes from God and gives life to man), as it is for all men (Ecclesiastes 12:7, Isaiah 42:5, Zechariah 12:1, Jeremiah 1:5; Romans 8:29) (See Also: What Is A Genuine Human?). Jesus’ physical existence was just like you and I. It was not that of an angel with wings or a god with man-like features, Jesus existed as a real man, (John 8:40; Acts 2:22). Jesus did not just materialize out of thin air (abilities inherent with that of angels and God), Jesus was “birthed” into existence as a human being (God and angels are not birthed into existence), he was not birthed into existence as “part-man” and “part-God”, nor any other combination of the two. What made Jesus human was the “human embryo” from which his human life began. This human embryo (Jesus) came from a “woman”, which is the female gender of the “human” species (in the bible human beings are referred to as “man”, “flesh”, or “dust” of the earth) which nourished it and birthed it into existence. Jesus’ mother (Mary) was a Jewish woman thus by nature Jesus was a Jewish man. What made Jesus a Jew was his bloodline, his lineage, that which came from David (2 Timothy 2:8; Revelation 22:16); in other words, the blood that flowed through Mary flowed through the veins of her baby (Jesus) while he was developing within her body.
However, it was God who caused this embryo to start developing inside the body of this woman (Mary), thus God became known as Jesus’ Father (Hebrews 1:5) and Jesus became the Son “of God” (Luke 1:35).
Note: the passage says “… shall be CALLED” which indicates that this human child, Jesus, was to be identified as God’s Son because God will be a Father to him (Hebrews 1:5). This implication was both as his creator (He who gave Jesus life) and in his relationship (Father, parent)
It is in this manner that the “Word”, which is God (God’s message – John 3:34, Hebrews 1:2), became flesh (John 1:14). Jesus did not “become” God (1 Timothy 2:5), although he spoke for God (John 8:26-28) as did Moses (John 9:28-29). Jesus was not God then and Jesus is not God now (See: Jesus Christ The Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever). However, that statement is a foreign concept to most Christians that are serving God today. We as Oneness believers (Apostolic/Pentecostals, some Non-Denominational, etc.) have been taught that Jesus is God. Trinitarian believers have been taught that Jesus is one-third of a divine trichotomy as God the son. So this issue deserves a little more attention and dictates that it be addressed accordingly.
Note: It is also worth noting, that in this passage (Hebrews 1:2), the word interpreted as “by” is “Dia” in Greek. “Dia” can also be rendered as “because of” or “for”
(Hebrews 1:2) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by (for) whom also he made the worlds.
This is the correct understanding, which is supported and made more evident in the next chapter of Hebrews.
(Hebrews 2:7) Thou [God] madest him [Jesus] a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him [Jesus] over the works of thy hands [God’s creation]:” (Ref: Who Is The Creator, God or Jesus? / Frequently Asked Questions About Creation)
The Humanity Of Christ:
Must Be able to explain What happened to Jesus’ human Soul and Spirit.
The soul of Christ; The spirit of Christ; Jesus human spirit; Jesus human soul; Did Jesus even have a human soul/spirit? Regardless of how we word it or phrase it, these are all vitally important issues. We, therefore, need to explore it, understand it, acknowledge it, and address it. Here’s why:
If we say Jesus has a human SOUL and/or SPIRIT as you and I (regardless of if his spirit/soul is called his mind, his will, his resurrected or glorified body, whatever that part of man is that must give account or subject himself unto God – 1Cor 15:28) we invalidate Jesus being “totally” God or God incarnate. For this reason, both TRINITARIANS and our own ONENESS church leaders entirely shun this question and do not want to answer it. We know that in order for Jesus to be truly human (See: What Is a Genuine human? ) it is essential that he had an accountable human spirit/soul as is true with all men. And because we have a record that this mortal man (as you or I) obtained Eternal Life for his obedience to God (Romans 5:19 – wherein lies our faith in Christ), Jesus’ human spirit/soul, the soul of this man Jesus must reside somewhere (Hebrews 10:12) in heaven at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55-56; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 8:1, Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22). That means that the indwelling of God’s Spirit was not the only spirit inside the human body of Jesus.
That is why Jesus said:
(John 14:10) “the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me.”
The apostle Paul clearly distinguishes who the two are in heaven and how they relate to each other; one person is God the other person is Jesus and Jesus is without question called the man, NOT God.
(1 Timothy 2:5) “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”
The word “between” distinguishes that something exists between God and men, that something was one MAN (named Jesus); Jesus and God are clearly NOT one and the same. Here’s Why:
Jesus Was The Anointed
The scriptures declare that Jesus was “The Anointed One” not the “Incarnated One”. The anointing that made Jesus of Nazareth “the Christ” was the anointing of the Holy Spirit he received from God.
(Acts 10:38) “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
NOTE: “for God was with him” NOT “for he was God”. To call Jesus the Christ (the anointed one) speaks not of what Jesus did so much as what was done to him by God. Jesus made this absolutely clear. He operated not under his own power, but by the empowerment, he had received from the Father by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which came upon him at his baptism. (See Luke 4:18-21)
(Luke 4:18-21) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he [God] hath anointed me.”
The fact that Jesus was anointed makes the one who anointed him:
Superior in position, since he makes the appointment and does the choosing; and
Superior in power, because it is he that empowers
As the apostle Paul states, speaking of Christ; Jesus received his anointing from God:
(Hebrews 1:9) “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” (See also Psalm 45:7)
The Humanity of Christ:
Must Be able to explain Why Jesus is not God, but of God
1. No Man Has Seen God, Nor Can See God
(1 Timothy 6:16) “Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see (God): to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” (See also: Exodus 33:20; John 1:18; 1 Timothy 6:16; 1 John 4:12)
Note: There are three facts made in this one statement:
1. “which no man can approach unto”: That means (if true) you can not walk up to God shake his hand, or put nails into his hands or feet, or nail him to any cross, post or tree; and
2. “whom no man hath seen“: That means no one, with the exception of Christ, has ever literally seen God in person (not directly or fully unveiled in all his glory)
3. “nor can see” (God): That means no man (current or at any time in the future) can see God and live (Exodus 33:20), at least not in the physical state we currently exist in today. If the Bible is true, it is impossible for any man to see God literally (directly or in person), including the prophets of God, Jesus’ disciples, or Joseph Smith (Latter Day Saints).
(John 6:46) “Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he (Jesus) which is of God, he hath seen the Father.”
2. Jesus Is Not God If Jesus Is The Son of God
He Who Is of God, Cannot Be God
Webster’s dictionary defines the word “of” as being used as a function word “to indicate origin or derivation <a man of noble birth>.” We must determine if to be “of God” is the same as being God, or if Jesus being the only begotten son of God thus, in turn, makes him God rather than of God’s lineage.
To be of something makes you a part of something or indicates your origin or what preceded you, but it does not make you that thing. For example, to be “of God” is to say we originate with God, he created us, but clearly, this does not make us God, or does it? If Jesus being of God made him God, then it stands to reason using that same line of deduction, if we are “of God” then we also become God. However, the more logical take on this use of language is this: We are of our parents, having our parents as our origin does not make us our parents but makes us offspring or children of our parents. Likewise, Jesus being of God did not make him God but made God his father and his point of origin, based on this line of deduction Jesus became the offspring or son of God, not God himself. The scriptures unanimously support this by declaring Jesus as the only begotten Son “of God”.
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. Matthew 14:33 (KJV)
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; Mark 1:1 (KJV)
Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. Mark 1:24 (KJV)
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35 (KJV)
And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. John 1:34 (KJV)
Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
John 1:49-51 (KJV)
For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. John 3:34-35 (KJV)
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. John 6:69 (KJV)
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31 (KJV)
The Humanity Of Christ:
Must Be able to explain what makes Jesus Human instead of a Hybrid Creature
First and foremost, Jesus was BIRTHED into existence, and because of his “birth” Jesus was human (man/flesh)!!!
From the creation of Adam and Eve (The initial parents of all humanity), EVERYTHING that is birthed through flesh is flesh. (is classified as FLESH!)
The Bible is clear on this one fact;
(John 3:6) “That which is born of the flesh is FLESH!!!!!!
Mat 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ…..
Mat 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary (flesh), of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
Mat 2:1 Now when Jesus was born…..
*(See also: What Does It Mean To Be Born Again?)
In essence (although we deny it) we actually made Jesus out to be a hybrid creature, part mortal and part God (immortal). We say God brought forth His unique (but genuine) human Son (Jesus) into existence in the womb of Mary (Luke 1:35) but in order to make Jesus out as also being “Totally” God we are now forced to create a means whereby this could be possible; thus we created a non-biblical means called the incarnation theory or God incarnated himself as a male fetus in the womb of a woman who gave birth to him. First and foremost, to be God is to be immortal the problem we have, if the scriptures are true, is the person we call God/Jesus DIES for three days. We then have God/Jesus being resurrected (or reincarnated as Jesus again), but this time with upgraded traits NOW possessing immortality (deathlessness).
In an attempt to counter this inconsistency, we claimed that Father refers to the deity alone, while the “Son of God” refers to the deity as incarnated in humanity (Of course the Bible makes no mention of any such transition). The problem however still exists because the humanity of the Son of God (Jesus’ human soul/spirit) still has to be accounted for, it just didn’t get thrown in the trash to be forgotten, disposed of, and become of no importance. It is because Jesus’ bodily soul/spirit was resurrected and ascended up to heaven to be WITH God that we even have our hope in Christ as our savior.
There is another serious problem with this theory claiming Jesus as being God incarnated, whoever possesses traits OPPOSITE of IMMORTALITY (Jesus dying) cannot be TOTALLY GOD! We as saints will be changed from mortality to immortality (1 Corinthians 15:52-53) yet we will not be gods. If we obtain immortality then by its very definition it is impossible to lose it (I assume this is true of angels, etc….). God is immortal; God could never die consequently he could never have been resurrected from the DEAD!
Jesus Glorification Is Not Incarnation
Being glorified lends nothing to the incarnation theory. Glorification is a result; man is God’s glory. Man is the image and glory of God (1 Corinthians 11:7). Since we will be like Jesus according to scripture (1 John 3:2), what would we be changed into when Jesus returns for us? If Jesus were God literally and if this scripture were literally true then we would also become GODS. Of course, no one believes that because in comparing one scripture with the other we find the true meaning. Men will obtain immortality for their obedience, as did Jesus. So, it is not clear how a man’s flesh, which became glorified (as Jesus) made him God incarnate if it would not make you or I Spirit-filled incarnated Gods after we too become glorified (Romans 8:17-19). According to the book of Revelation, Jesus looked different in heaven (Revelation 1:13-15) than he did on earth (Luke 24:39) and he looked different than the description of God in Heaven (Revelation 4:3-5).
So, what will we look like or become in heaven “shining glowing” people as Jesus and God are described in the book of (Revelation 21:23)? We don’t become Gods because we will be like Jesus (1 John 3:2).
It has been said that “God does not exist in Heaven with a “second (divine) person”. There are no other divine people. That is polytheism. The Bible confirms that there is only ONE GOD, yet it also confirms that there is one mediator, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5). There is an UNDENIABLE human distinction between Jesus and HIS GOD. (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34; John 20:17 and Revelation 3:12). The humanity of Jesus Christ, which was dead, will continue to exist forever [Revelation 1:18 – “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”] (in some spiritual capacity).
The Humanity Of Christ:
Must Be able to explain what makes Jesus the seed of David
Since we do not have any DNA from Jesus or David to confirm any physical test directly, we must take the scriptures to be true as written. (Matthew 1:1; Luke 1:32, 18:38; John 7:42; 2 Timothy 2:8; Revelation 22:16)
The Humanity Of Christ:
Must Be able to explain what makes us his Brother and Sisters
Are We Brethren To God or Brethren To Christ?
(Hebrews 2:17) “Wherefore in all things it behoved him (Jesus) to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
1. God does NOT have brothers (or brethren) [G80 brethren: a brother (literally or figuratively)] and there is no scripture that indicates otherwise. God does, however, have those whom he considers to be his sons; that is those who are obedient to his will and for most of us it is a process in which the Bible speaks of as being adopted sons and joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17; Galatians 3:28-29; Galatians 4:4-7)
2. Furthermore, the writer is clearly indicating that the purpose of the first person being referenced, “him” (Jesus), is so that “he” (Jesus) might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God (*NOTE: It does not say things pertaining to “himself”)
3. It is Jesus, not God, who is called the Son of God, and it is Jesus who has brethren and sisters (Matthew 12:50, Mark 3:35)
Jesus made a very emphatic statement when he said— “Call no man Father on the earth for one is your father even God and all ye are brethren.” (Matthew 23:9.) And Paul assures us that “Both he that sanctifieth (Jesus) and they that are sanctified (the “body”) are all one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” (Hebrews 2:11)
The Importance Of What Jesus Said And What It Means
Jesus NEVER claimed that any man would be a Son to him, only God made that claim (Revelation 21:7).
Jesus SAID: those of us who do the will of his Father; to use the words of Jesus “the same is my brother and sister”. Therefore, if we were his brother it would then be impossible to be his son.
(Matthew 12:50) – For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. [Figuratively or spiritually speaking]
(Mark 3:35) – For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
God does not have brothers, sisters, or a mother (earthly or otherwise). He has sons and daughters (children of God) of which he is our Father (Spiritually speaking) just as he is to Jesus.
This is why Jesus told us to pray to “Our” father because we have the same father he has. (Luke 11:22; John 5:30) and why Paul, Peter, John, and Jesus himself acknowledged that God was his Father and God in a great many verses (John 20:17; 2 Corinthians 11:31; Ephesians 1:3; 3:14-15; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 John 1:3; 2 John 1:3; Revelation 3:5, 12-13, 21).
Romans Chapter 8 refers us to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, which is the hope all Christians share believing in Christ, that he was the first resurrected (Son of God) and we who believe will follow as one of his brethren and joint heirs with Christ.
(Romans 8:29) – For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
(1 Peter 1:19-21) – But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
(1 Corinthians 15:20) – But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
(Romans 8:17) – And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Those who are led by the Spirit (God), as was Jesus (Luke 4:1), become sons of God (Romans 8:14), NOT Gods.
Note: Jesus was not leading himself through the wilderness! (Matthew 4:1) it was the Spirit of God leading him.
God, The Suffering Father? Not True
Many teach that the Father suffered in the Son, in that God suffered as a father who was watching his son suffer, this, however, is not scriptural. On the contrary, this was God’s plan for Jesus all along (Luke 22:42). One passage reflects Jesus telling his disciples that he must die and after three days he was to be resurrected (Matthew 12:40; Mark 8:31). I am not aware of one Scripture that references God being sad, angry, or grieving over the persecution which Jesus endured, in fact, the opposite is true (Luke 3:22; 2 Peter 1:17; John 12:27-28).
In fact, the purpose of dying was to reveal a greater hope, the reward of eternal life was now obtainable to man since the fall of Adam.
Some teach that the reason why Jesus, on the cross cried out “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me”, was because at that very moment in which he bore our sins in his body on the tree (1 Peter 2:24) the Eternal Spirit lifted from him and he felt the damnation of hell and the agony of a lost soul. Here again, this is NOT scripture or biblical.
First, Jesus’ cries reflected the physical pain that he was enduring from this terrible torture.
Jesus suffered because he had committed himself to be obedient to the will of God, fully trusting God. Knowing that God was fully able to do that which he had committed to him.
(1 Peter 2:21-23) – For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself [Jesus] to him [God] that judgeth righteously:
Second, Jesus was not “absorbing” every man’s sin literally; Jesus was “sinless” all of his life (1 John 3:5) before, during, and after his death. Christ was the human lamb, without spot or blemish so he could accomplish God’s purpose by being the perfect sacrifice and thus atone for our sins.
Just as being the Lamb of God is figurative, Jesus bearing our sins is also spoken in a figurative sense. We know this because sin is still in the world. It was not literally taken away or became non-existent. Yet Jesus was our living example of how a man is to live, a life dead (or removed) from sinful acts. It is this “life” (Jesus’ pattern of living) that allows us to be totally free from the fear of death because Christ showed us that death is not permanent for those who believe in him.
The Humanity of Christ:
Must Be able to explain what makes Jesus Human if God dwelt in Christ.
Does John 14:10-11 Indicate Incarnation?
John 14:10-11 does not indicate incarnation but unification. This passage denotes the joining of two spirits agreeing as one (on one accord)
In the same way, when Jesus Christ submitted his human will to God, God’s will was then “in” him; Jesus laid aside his human will in order to be united to God’s perfect will. “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42)
The spirit of God was in Christ in the same way God’s spirit is in those who serve him today. Having the “in”-dwelling of God’s spirit does not make us God/gods.
When we are doing God’s will, following his leading we are “one” with God. Thus we, I and my father (spiritually), are indeed one (unified). We are also one with Christ (you and me).
Similar language about being “in” Christ is used both of Christ and of Christians and it is understood the same way.
(John 10:37-38) – If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
(John 14:10) – Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
(John 17:21-22) – That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
The same figure of speech is used for Jesus.
(2 Corinthians 5:17) – Therefore if any man be “in” Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Yet we all know that this verse is not literal; man is not literally inside another individual, this is figuratively spoken. Man is also not a new physical being but a changed spiritual being. Man’s old way of thinking, living, and behaving dies/changes, and his thoughts, actions, and life become new/different.
When used in the sense of “in God,” or “in Christ,” (“in the Father” or “the Father in Me”) the word “in” refers to close communion, a tight fellowship. This manner of speaking was part of the language usage of that day, just as in contrast with the Biblical phrase to be “cut off ” (found 194 times in KJV) which does not always indicate the literal “physical” act of cutting (Numbers 19:13; Proverbs 2:22; Jeremiah 7:28), but that of separation (as in discontinuing a relationship, fellowship, etc..). (See also: In, In God, In Whom)
Features Of A Spirit
We understand that our flesh is of the ground (Genesis 2:7; 3:19) but what about man’s spirit? Since man’s spirit comes from God (Numbers 16:22; Ecclesiastes 12:7), who is in heaven (Matthew 6:9), a good understanding of heaven and what exists there would be a good place to start. Angels live in this realm, or dimension we call heaven, along with God. (Matthew 18:10)
Biblically, a spirit and a man are always understood as being different types of matter. First, the (man) has flesh, and the other (spirit) DOES NOT, “for a spirit hath not flesh and bone,” (Luke 24:39). Second, the flesh dies/decays (James 2: 26), and the spirit DOES NOT (Ecclesiastes 12:7) but flesh needs a spirit to live. Some spirits appeared as men but were not human (i.e., God’s angels). Unlike Jesus, they may have appeared in a fleshly state, but they are not recorded as having blood or a human spirit/soul, Jesus had both (John 12:27; Luke 23:46; Acts 2:31-32)
Since the Bible says that angels have materialized visibly to men in the past, men such as Lot and Balaam, this means it is possible for them to do so within our universe or dimension. Yet we also know that, even though our physical eyes cannot see their dimension, we can somewhat view it through our mind. Prophets of old did this with visions from God. Men such as Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and others were given instructions in this manner. Although angels can move through and in our dimension, we cannot, in human bodies, move into or physically see this dimension or realm that our Creator exists in. Our flesh and blood bodies were not designed with that ability.
Jesus’ supernatural abilities or “godlike” attributes should not be confused with that of God, his Father. Jesus’ abilities were God-given attributes (Acts 10:38; Matthew 28:18; Romans 1:3) and should not be any more confusing than Jesus giving power (authority) to his disciples (Peter and others), the ability to heal the sick, raise the dead, etc. (Matthew 10:5, 7-9; Acts 9:33, 34, 37, 40, 41). Although these men, like Jesus, also possessed “supernatural” power it was all done by or through the power of God (Holy Ghost) (Acts 1:8; John 14:12-13).
Again all things are either God-allowed or God-arranged. Yet that does not make man God.
(Ref. Father and Son – The Relationship Between Jesus And God)