Monday, July 16, 2012

Jesus had a human mind

What is so amazing about the fact that Jesus had a human mind (Luke 2:52, Hebrews 5:8)?  Everything.  If He did not have a human mind then we would all get what we deserve and be in Hell.

I have been absolutely amazed at the depth of the gospel lately.  The gospel is something that is so in depth, we will never understand it.  The deeper we dig into the intricacies of the gospel the more layers we see of it.  What does it mean when the Bible says that Jesus emptied himself (Philippians 2:5-7)?  Did He give up attributes in the incarnation? Which attributes of Deity did Jesus possess on earth?  Was He omniscient and omnipresent while on earth?  Your answers to these questions are so crucial that if you are wrong then you are believing some of the heresies that have been held throughout the ages.  If you are believing something about Jesus that is not true then you are believing in a Jesus that does not exist.

If you say that you understand the gospel because you know that Jesus died on a cross for sinners and rose again on the 3rd day and you decide to move on in your studies to something else then you have an extremely shallow understanding of the gospel.  The gospel is so mind-blowing, so deep, so complicated that you can never even break the surface of it in this life.  Yet understanding the gospel in it's simplicity, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, will save you.  Concerning the complexity of the gospel, did you know that if any of the many details about the incarnation were not as they were actually ordained then we would all be in Hell.  The depth of the gospel leaves me amazed continually.  What were the motivations of God to send His only Son to die for sinners?  Love and His glory?  Ok then why did God love us?  What was God's motivation to love us?  What are the intricate details of why Jesus had to be fully man and fully God to reconcile us to God?  Digging into these questions and a myriad of other questions will leave you in amazement as you start to see how it all fits together.  I encourage you to do this.  You will leave so much more enamored with Christ and the salvation that He bought for you. 

Here is a good place to start concerning the humanity of Christ.  Jesus did not have to become like an angel, He had to become like a man because God was concerned with saving men, not with saving angels.  Why did Jesus have to be fully man?

1.  Jesus had to be fully man in order to be our representative and obey in our place.  (Romans 5:18-19)

2.  Jesus had to be fully man or He could not have died to pay the penalty for man's sins.  He could not have been a substitute sacrifice for us. (Hebrews 2:16-17)

3.   Jesus had to be fully man in order to fulfill the role of mediator.  (1 Timothy 2:5)

4.   Jesus had to be fully man in order to fulfill God's original purpose that man rule over his creation.  (Hebrews 2:8-9, Ephesians 1:22, Revelation 3:2)

5.  Jesus had to be fully man in order to live as our example and pattern of life.  (1 John 2:6, 3:2-3, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 8:29, 1 Peter 2:21)

6.  Jesus had to be fully man so that He could be raised as a man in order to be the "first-born from the dead."  (Colossians 1:18), the pattern for the bodies that we would later have.

7.  Jesus had to be fully man to sympathize more fully with us in our experiences.  (Hebrews 2:18)

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