In the LORD Jesus becoming a Man, His Deity is unchanged

yet, as Phillipians chapter 2 points out, He VOLUNTARILY chose to take on the weakness, frailty and limitation of a human body, and to be truly, in every respect, a Man.

It’s the VOLUNTARY aspect that helps us understand this. Bcos His condescension was voluntary, it means that at any time He could have chosen to take back His “equality with God”. (You could say His “rights” as God, but that word is not quite accurate, as God doesn’t have “rights” in the normal sense as we would understand it. God gives rights to His creatures, but He is not a creature so as to have ‘rights’.)

In the Deity of His Personhood, there are things about His life as a Man on the earth which are unique, which could not apply to any other man :

a) The fact that men worshipped Him and He recieved their worship.

b) The fact that He had authority to forgive sins.

c) And the SIGNS the Father did to testify of Him are unique. There has never been a man who did what He did, either before or after His Incarnation.

d) His sinless life, and not having a sin nature: no indwelling sin. (But He still overcame sin as a Man, and not due to His Deity)

e) Twice the Father spoke from heaven with an audible voice: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

(Are there any more?)

The transfiguration highlighted to Peter, James and John the question of His glory as Deity, that was hidden or veiled by His humanity. They saw this Man suddenly begin to shine like the sun. They had to realize that this glory they saw on the mount IS His actual glory, the glory He always had while He was with them, but was hidden from them. The glory revealed on the Mount of Transfiguration was not a glory that came upon Him, it was a revelation of His existing glory.

(My comment from a forum)

2 Responses to “In the LORD Jesus becoming a Man, His Deity is unchanged”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
    Joh 14:13 And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    Joh 14:14 If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.

    Jesus showed us Sonship. He is the Son of God, the only begotten Son of the Father.

    We are IN the Son, in Him, as sons with Him, as joint-heirs.

    Therefore, Jesus is our pattern, and we should truly follow Him, and do as He did, on the same basis, the basis of being sons of God who obey their Father by faith and do His works.

    I think Ken has pointed this out well.

    No man has yet done greater works than Jesus, NOT EVEN CLOSE. And no one ever will. Greater works than raising the dead?? Lazarus, dead 4 days and stinking; What’s greater than that? Who can claim any greater works?

    (The Manifest sons of God MSOG think they will, but they won’t)

    The greater works is the corporate aspect, of Him working thru His Body, worldwide : the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in every nation. This is the greater works.

    ……………………………………………………………….

    One thing i try to do is to discuss the truth of Scripture USING THE WORDS OF SCRIPTURE as much as possible, and i try to avoid using THEOLOGICAL JARGON, (though i could if i wanted to).

    Paul got the point across with NO theological jargon. Why can’t we?

  2. ian vincent Says:

    And, the voluntary aspect of our LORD’s humbling Himself even to the death of the cross really REVEALS what the love of God is. Love is a voluntary action. At anytime He had the authority to stop them arresting Him, to stop them whipping Him, and to stop them crucifying Him. He was TOTALLY in control, and only moved by love.

    Again, this voluntary waiving to use His authority to save Himself is UNIQUE to the LORD Jesus. No other man had such authority. Yes, many have willingly yielded their own lives to death, but not with the authority to stop it at any time.

    That voluntary surrender to such dreadful suffering is beyond our comprehension : the love of Christ, which passes knowledge.

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