Monday, March 16, 2009

The humanity of Christ

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, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law (Galatians 4:4)

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior. (Our Greatest Need, Author Unknown)

Basic truths:

[1] Christ is God because He possesses all the attributes of deity.

[2] Jesus is man because He possesses all the attributes of humanity.

[3] Jesus Christ is the God-man, one person possessing two natures, both fully God and fully man at the same time.


1. Jesus is fully man, with all the attributes that mankind has, except for sin.

2. The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is man.

  • He is called a man (1 Corinthians 15:20 21)
  • Jesus has a human body (John 2:21).
  • Jesus has a human spirit. (Luke 23:46)
3. Jesus demonstrated that He was a man.
  • He was born of a woman (Matthew 1:18 and Luke 2:7).
  • He experienced mental, physical, spiritual, and social growth (Luke 2:40, 52).
  • He experienced human emotions like love (Matthew 9:36; John 11:35) and grief (John 1:35; Matthew 25:38)
  • He experienced human limitations like hunger (Matthew 4:2), thirst (John 19:28) and fatigue (John 4:6).
  • He had human will: He desired not to suffer (Matthew26:39), and He determined to go to Jerusalem to suffer obediently (Luke 9:51).
4. The term “Son of man” applied to Jesus in Matthew 20:28 and in various other texts does not really refer to His humanity. The term as used in the Book of Daniel is instead a claim to deity.

Further study
(Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] The Person of Christ, by Charles T. Buntin , M.S., M.A.R.

[2] The Importance of the Incarnation, by Bob Deffinbaugh , Th.M

[3] The Incarnation of Christ—Part III:The Person of the Incarnate Christ, by John F. Walvoord

[3] The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ, by J. Hampton Keathley, III , Th.M (also available in Spanish, German and Italian)

Sermons on Galatians 4:4 (Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] By Michael Stark, New Beginnings Baptist Church
[2] The Heir and The Son, by Malcolm Macleod

[3] Immanuel God Is With Us, by Joel Mark Lillie

[4] When God is Silent, by Mike Lester

[5] An On Time God, by Rev. Claude L. White Jr.

[6] Fullness Of Time, by Paul Elledge

[7] Sermon illustrations on the incarnation of Christ

[8] For other available sermons, please surf to Sermon / Preaching resources. Sermons are also available from South McGehee Baptist Church, McGehee, Arizona; Central Baptist Church, Lowesville; First Baptist Church, Mountain View, Missouri; Swift Creek Baptist Church; Word of Life Baptist Church, Pottsville, Philadelphia; Palm Springs Baptist Church, California; South Woods Baptist Church; Grove Baptist Church, Ulster; Dudley Baptist Church, United Kingdom; Independent Fundamental Baptist Sermons, Fundamental Christian Radio Broadcasts, Off-Site Audio Page and The Christian Radio Tuner

Notes: (1) This ministry does not necessarily endorse or share all the views and opinions expressed in the materials, resources or links mentioned in these posts. Please always refer to the Articles of Faith and Biblical distinctives of Baptists when you study these materials. (2) This lesson is part of the projected 300 plus lessons. From time to time, the lessons will be updated, revised, combined, formatted, and edited to comply with the VOA Simplified English word list. Later on, these lessons will be categorized, numbered sequentially, and made available as PDF downloads.

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