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Now we want to dig deeper into Jesus Christ’s identity.
While the question if God exists is very controversial, very few people question whether Jesus Christ existed. Most people believe that a man named Jesus lived about 2000 years ago. The discussion, however, begins when it comes to Jesus’ true identity. While most of the major religions teach that Jesus existed, they only see him as a prophet, good teacher or godly man. Is that the true identity of Jesus?
To find the answer, we have to study the Bible. Let’s do that!
According to the Bible Jesus was fully man and fully God and He existed from the beginning.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. John 1:9-18
Jesus’ incarnation and human nature
God became human in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
God incarnated (became flesh and blood) in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus became man and lived on earth at a certain point of time. For this, He didn’t have to give up His oneness with God. “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30 He became a human being without a sinful nature. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 1 John 3:5 Jesus didn’t just have a physical body, He was a complete human being.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 1 Timothy 2:5-7
Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. John 8:39-40
For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:16-17
Jesus took on a new nature.
When we speak of incarnation, it doesn’t mean that God turned into a human being or Jesus lost His divinity while He was a man. Jesus incarnated on earth but remained God and took a new nature – the human nature at the same time. The incarnation united the divine and the human into one person – Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was fully God and fully human. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily. Colossians 2:9
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