The Divine and the Human Nature of Jesus
About the nature of Jesus, the Bible tells us that He is divine in the absolute sense of the word. From the days of eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ was one with the Father. Though He was originally “in the form of God,” He “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself.” And “being born in the likeness of men,” he was “found in human form” (Philippians 2:6–8).
Christ possessed “all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). Nevertheless, “in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren” (Hebrews 2:17). The Bible tells us that Christ, who is the Word “was with God, and the Word was God… All things were made through Him” (John 1:1–3, 14 also Mark 16:6; Hebrews 2:14–17).
God’s Son became also a human (Romans 1:3; 8:3; Galatians 4:4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:2, 8; 2:14–18; 10:5; 1 John 1:2; etc.). He was both Son of man and Son of God. Though possessing all the fullness of the Godhead (Collosians 2:9), He divested Himself of His heavenly prerogatives (Philippians 2:5–8) and lived among men (1 Timothy 2:5). The divine nature and the human nature blended into one person. Divinity was clothed with humanity, not exchanged for it. The two natures became closely and inseparably. Yet, each remained distinct.
The truth of His divinity and humanity was predicted also by the holy prophets in the Old Testament. Isaiah prophesied, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, 7).
But the Son of God, in his humanity, “knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Although, He was tempted “in all points” as we are (Hebrews 4:15), He never committed sin, in word, in thought, or action. He lived a holy, undefiled, and pure life according to the Father’s will (John 8:46; 14:30; 15:10; Hebrews 7:26).
Therefore, He was worthy to be “offered to bear the sins of many” (Hebrew 9:28) and became the “Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). The guilt of the sins of all people was placed upon Him as if it were all His own (Isaiah 53:3–6; 1 Peter 2:22–24). “He was numbered with the transgressors” (Mark 15:28). And He bore the sins in a real sense and felt the horror of separation from God (Matthew 27:46; Psalm 22:1).
God’s Infinite Love Through Christ
The ultimate expression of divine love is the Father’s gift of His own Son. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God’s love for sinners led Him to give all that He had for their salvation (Romans 5:8). Although, God’s love engulfs all humanity, it directly benefits only those who accept it (John 1:12).
Through God’s merciful gift, it becomes possible for the believers to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). And now, the Son of God has become our High Priest in the Heavenly Sanctuary (Hebrews 8).
In His service,