Monday, December 22, 2008

Jesus Is Still a Human :: Desiring God

This is an awesome reminder...

December 22, 2008  |  By: David Mathis
Category: Commentary
The Permanence of Christmas, Part 1: Biblical Foundations
Advent is a chance not only to celebrate Jesus’ taking of human flesh but also his keeping of it. It wasn’t a mere 33-year stint—impressive as that would have been. Jesus is forever the God-man. He is glorious not merely in assuming our human nature but in remaining our brother and continuing as the visible “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15).
To put it the apostle John’s language, the Word became flesh (John 1:14). His humanity isn’t a costume. The eternal divine Son didn’t simply make a cameo in the created world. He forever joined our humanity to his divinity and for all eternity will be fully God and fully man.
“As You Saw Him Go”
We get a glimpse of this at Jesus’ ascension in Acts 1:9-11.
As [the disciples] were looking on, [Jesus] was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
He went up with a human body. He sits now in God’s presence in his humanity. And he will return “in the same way as you saw him go into heaven”—in his humanity.
Keeping the Form of a Servant
Philippians 2:5-8 speaks clearly about Jesus taking our likeness. But just as surely as he took it, so he also keeps it. In Philippians 3:20-21, Paul writes,
Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Jesus didn’t shed his human skin. He still has a body—a “glorious body,” a perfected human body, a body like we haven’t yet experienced but one day will experience when he transforms us.
The Man Christ Jesus
Paul also makes reference to Jesus’ continuing humanity in 1 Timothy 2:5.
There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Here Paul is writing after Jesus’ ascension to heaven, and he is not afraid to refer to Jesus in the present as “the man Christ Jesus.”
Jesus’ work as the perfect mediator between God and man is not only dependent on his death in history at the cross but also in his continuing life as a human. In his humanity, we are united to him by faith, and only in him are we united to God.

Jesus Is Still a Human :: Desiring God


Adam Pastor said...

Greetings Bryon Mondok

Not only is Jesus still a human; he has never been anything but human!

Hence, 1 Timothy 2.5.
Paul recognizes the resurrected Jesus as still human.
There is nothing in Scripture that speaks of a God-man.

As far as Paul and the rest of the early church were concerned (1 Cor. 8.4,6);
there is solely one GOD, the Father.
Jesus of Nazareth is that man approved of GOD
[Acts 2.22];
whom the ONE GOD raised from the dead,
and made him, both Lord & Christ.
[Acts 2.36]

However, although raised from the dead, glorified & immortalized,
he is still the man Christ Jesus;
and the Father is still the one GOD
[1 Tim 2.5]
and the only true God!
[John 17.3]

Therefore, Bryon,
on the subject of the Human Jesus,
I recommend this video:
The Human Jesus

Take a couple of hours to watch it; and prayerfully it will aid you in your quest for truth.

Yours In Messiah
Adam Pastor

love4holiness said...

And when one does more research, we find that yours is a pen name, the real Adam Pastor lived long ago & died a lonely, miserable man who was shunned by all of Christiandom due to his mistaken view that Jesus was only human and was not divine. Further, the Reformation Church (which still propogages Mr. Pastor's views) is viewed by everyone (but themselves) as a CULT.

Anonymous said...

Adam Pastor:
You are a wolf in sheep's clothing. The Scriptures CLEARLY teaches Jesus' divine nature. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." - John 1:1.

Read Hebrews. One cannot read through that book and miss the divinity of Christ...unless he is an unbeliever. If Jesus is not eternal God, I am still in my sin and there is no hope for humanity.