The Dual Nature Of The Christ

The Dual Nature Of The Christ

The Dual Nature of Jesus The Christ.

Father God, help us to understand and believe your word in its entirety in Jesus name, Amen. It’s a good day that the Lord has made so we must rejoice and be glad in it. I hope you had a good week? Thank God for mercies.

I was once asked this question “Is Jesus STILL a man in heaven as He WAS when He was physically here on earth?” this was how I responded to it. I want to share my answer with everyone on my mail list today.

For sure, He is presently 100% man and 100% God, seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. “… It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” Romans 8:34

In the book of 1 Timothy 2:5 it says, “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Did you see that? The verse says “THE MAN” Christ Jesus, nothing else but “THE MAN”. Right now, there is a man in heaven on the throne of God glorified.  His name is Jesus. Matthew 1:21.He is our advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1).  He is our Savior (Titus 2:13).  He is our Lord (Romans 10:9-10). 

But let me deal exhaustively with this. As you already know, Jesus is the most important person who has ever walked the face of this earth. He is the savior of the world John 4:42, God in human flesh.  He is not half God and half man.  He is fully divine and fully mortal.  In other words, Jesus has two distinct natures: divine and human.  Jesus is the Word, who was God and was with God and was made flesh.

 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (14)  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14)

This means that in the single person of Jesus are both human and divine nature, God and man. Jesus’ divine nature was not altered when the Word became flesh instead; the Word was joined with humanity. It is written in (Colossians. 2:9). “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” In Jesus not elsewhere, the Godhead dwelt in His body when He was here as a man.  God chose to do it that way. This is what is known as a “hapax  legomenon” it is a transliteration from the Greek language meaning “(something) said (only) once”. This statement cannot be found elsewhere in the New Testament stated categorically this way. For in him dwells -Inhabits, continually abides, all the fullness of the Godhead.  “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;” Colossians 1:19 Believers are “filled with all the fullness of God,” (Ephesians 3:19). But in Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead; Hallelujah! The most full Godhead; not only divine powers, but divine nature as well (Colossians 1:19). Bodily-Personally, really, substantially.  The very substance of God, I dare to say, dwells in Christ in the fullest sense.

Also, Jesus is not merely a man who “had God within Him” nor is He a man who “manifested the God principle.”  He is God in flesh, the second person of the Godhead. “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power…” (Hebrews. 1:3). Jesus’ two natures are not “mixed together,” (Eutychianism) as in 50-50 nor are they combined into a new God-man nature (Monophysitism).  They are separate yet act as a unit in the one person of Jesus.  This is called the Hypostatic Union. 100% God 100% Man

The following chart I got from a brother so greatly shows the difference and should help you see the two natures of Jesus “in action”

GOD

MAN

He is worshiped (Matthew. 2:2,11; 14:33). He worshiped the Father (John 17).
He was called God (John 20:28; Heb. 1:8) He was called man (Mark 15:39; John 19:5).
He was called Son of God (Mark 1:1) He was called Son of Man (John 9:35-37)
He is prayed to (Acts 7:59). He prayed to the Father (John 17).
He is sinless (1 Peter. 2:22; Hebrews. 4:15). He was tempted (Matthew. 4:1).
He knows all things (John 21:17). He grew in wisdom (Luke 2:52).
He gives eternal life (John 10:28). He died (Romans. 5:8).
All the fullness of deity dwells in Him(Colossians. 2:9). He has a body of flesh and bones (Luke 24:39).

The Communicatio Idiomatum

A doctrine that is related to the Hypostatic Union is the “communicatio idiomatum (Latin for “communication of properties”). Something that is hypostatized is the failure of a gene to produce its usual effect when coupled with another gene that is epistatic toward it. In other words they both remain in their original form. This doctrine teaches that the attributes of both the divine and human natures of Jesus did not mix. They remained separate are ascribed only to the one person of Jesus. For lack of a better explanation, can you imagine dropping a piece of rock into a bowl of water? Will they mix? No way! They will never mix. In other words they both remain in their original form. This doctrine, the “communicatio idiomatum teaches that the attributes of both the divine and human natures of Jesus did not mix. They remained and still remain separate and are ascribed only to the one person of Jesus the Christ.

 

This means that the man Jesus could lay claim to the glory He had with the Father before the world was made And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was (John 17:5), claim that He descended from heaven, For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me (John 3:38), and also claim omnipresence, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:20).   All of these are divine qualities and attributes of divine properties that Jesus claimed while He was physically on earth.

That is why the man Jesus could lay claim to the glory He had with the Father before the world was made.

And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was (John 17:5), claim that He descended from heaven, For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me (John 3:38), and also claim omnipresence, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew. 28:20). All of these are divine qualities and attributes of divine properties that Jesus claimed while He was physically here on earth. Hallelujah!

One of the most common errors that “Christian” and non-Christian cults make is not understanding the two natures of Christ.  For example, the Jehovah’s Witnesses focus on Jesus’ humanity and ignore His divinity.  They repeatedly quote verses dealing with Jesus as a man and try and set them against scripture showing that Jesus is also divine.  On the other hand, the Christian Scientists do the reverse.   They focus on the scriptures showing Jesus’ divinity to the extent of denying His true humanity.

Muslims see Him simply as a prophet and reject His Sonship nor do they believe He was ever crucified on the cross.

For a proper understanding of Jesus and, therefore, all other doctrines that relate to Him, His two natures must be properly understood and defined. Jesus is the only one person with two natures.   This is why as a man He would grow in wisdom and stature And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man (Luke 2:52) yet know all things for being God Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep (John 21:17). Notice, Jesus did not dispute nor correct him. He is the Divine Word that became flesh (John 1:1,14).

I believe you know the Bible is all about Jesus? The prophets prophesied about Him For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  (Isaiah 9:6) This is talking about the dual nature. The “Born Child” referring to His humanity and the “Son Given”, talking about the Divinity. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).  The Father bore witness of Him “And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape” “I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me” (John 5:37; 8:18). The Holy Spirit bore witness of Him “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me (John 15:26).  The works Jesus did bore witness of Him “… for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me” (John 5:36; 10:25).  The multitudes bore witness of Him The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record (John 12:17).  “And, Jesus bore witness of Himself “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6; 18:6).

Other verses to consider when examining His Deity are John 10:30-33; 20:28; Colossians. 2:9; Philippians. 2:5-8; Hebrews. 1:6-8; and 2 Peter. 1:1.

(John 3:13) tells us that “…no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”  Again in 1 Timothy 2:5 it says, “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

The bible tells us that “Jesus Christ (is) the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8) so how can that nature have changed? Just like He was man and God here on earth He is still Man and God in heaven. Well, with these “few words” of mine I hope I have been able to scratch the surface and clear any reasonable doubt about The Dual nature of The Christ?

God Bless you

Vince Ok

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