Our Wonderful God

CHRIST: The Word Became Flesh

Christ, by Whom all things were created, became like the created (human).

John 1.14 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.

Phil. 2:5-8 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death even the death of the cross.

Romans 15.22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.




This subject is one we need to approach with sanctified hearts. For our finite minds can never fully understand the infinite love of Christ in taking upon Himself Human nature to be both our Savior and our Example.

Some would make Christ incapable of sin, thus destroying the truth that He is our example in living the victorious life. Others would make Him altogether like one of us, thus destroying the truth that He was the spotless, holy Lamb of God.

On the one hand we must never make Christ totally like us. We, who have hearts that are deceitful above all things and desperately wicked and very much in need of a new heart and spirit. Yet on the other hand we must never make His example an unapproachable one for we are to become new creatures, transformed into His likeness.

Let's look at some concepts to help us understand.

1SM p, 256
"We should have no misgivings in regard to the perfect sinlessness of the human nature of Christ...This holy Substitute is able to save to the uttermost...Divine power is placed upon man, that he may BECOME a partaker of the divine nature.....

We are to partake of HIS NATURE not drag Him down to ours!

2SM 253
"The Majesty of heaven undertook the cause of man, and with the same facilities that man may obtain, withstood the temptations of Satan as man must withstand them, This was the only way in which fallen man could become a partaker of the divine nature...Christ condescended to take man's nature, and was tempted in all points like as we, that He might know how to succor all who should be tempted."

1SM p. 107
"What depths of thought...Christ needed no suffering to atone for Himself. His was a depth of suffering proportionate to the dignity of His person and HIS SINLESS, exalted character."

4T 528
As the Son of man, He prayed to the Father, showing that human nature requires all the divine support which man can obtain...

Is a nature without a taint of sin, a sinless nature? Yet, in His humanity He daily sought the Father's support to withstand the trails surrounding Him.

DA 110-11
Jesus "the sinless One" requests baptism. "He identified Himself with sinners, taking the steps that we are to take, and doing the work that we must do...As one with us, He must bear the burden of OUR guilt and woe. The SINLESS ONE must feel the shame of sin."

There is a dual nature here, Christ's spiritual nature is sinless, yet he takes on human FLESH with all the consequences that sin has wrecked on the human body. His spiritual nature does not possess the evil passions common to the carnal, sinful nature. The carnal nature is compatible to evil, Christ's spiritual nature recoils from evil.

Sinful human nature in it's natural carnal state is not spiritual, it is carnal and it sins.

Romans 7:14-24
"For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not; for what I would, that do I not, ...sin dwells in me...in my flesh dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not...who shall deliver me from this body of death?"

Romans 8:7-8
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, NEITHER INDEED CAN BE. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."

There is only one way of escape from our sinful human natures. That is through a new birth experience in Christ, a renewing of the mind, a transformation brought about only by the Holy Spirit dwelling in our lives. Only in Christ can we find this renewal. It involves the putting to death of the sinful nature and rising to newness of life in Christ. This involves a daily process for the carnal, sinful nature keeps trying to come alive again.

Ephesians 4:22-24
Put off concerning the former way of life concerning the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

Christ did not have that carnal, sinful nature that had to be transformed and "put off". He did not have to repent. He did not have to be "born again. He took on our heredity of our weakened bodies, of our weakened mental powers, our emotional and physical needs, but not our carnality which, without the transforming power of Christ, renders us incapable of pleasing God.

Christ had the "born again" spiritual nature, from the start! 2T.201.002
As the human was upon Him, He felt His need of strength from His Father. He had select places of prayer. He loved to hold communion with His Father in the solitude of the mountain. In this exercise His holy, human soul was strengthened for the duties and trials of the day. Our Saviour identifies Himself with our needs and weaknesses, in that He became a suppliant, a nightly petitioner, seeking from His Father fresh supplies of strength, to come forth invigorated and refreshed, braced for duty and trial. He is our example in all things. He is a brother in our infirmities, but not in possessing like passions. As the sinless One, His nature recoiled from evil. He endured struggles and torture of soul in a world of sin. His humanity made prayer a necessity and privilege. He required all the stronger divine support and comfort which His Father was ready to impart to Him..

5BC p. 1128
"Never, in any way, leave the slightest impression upon human minds that a taint of, or inclination to corruption rested upon Christ, or that He in any way yielded to corruption. He was tempted in all points like as man is tempted, yet He is called "that holy thing." It is a mystery that is left unexplained to mortals that Christ could be tempted in all points like as we are, and yet be without sin. The incarnation of Christ has ever been, and will ever remain a mystery. That which is revealed, is for us and for our children, but let every human being be warned from the ground of making Christ altogether human, such an one as ourselves; for it cannot be.

Christ's human nature was what ours can become when we are transformed, born again, abiding in Him.

If in the strength of Christ we are seeking to maintain such a consecration, we shall be daily holding communion with God, understanding more of the mysteries of godliness, enjoying the fellowship of the Spirit, coming closer to our Redeemer, and taking hold with a firmer grasp, of a better and higher life. The principles of God's law will dwell in the heart, and control the actions. It will then be as natural for us to seek purity and holiness, to shun the spirit and example of the world, and to seek to benefit all around us, as it is for the angels of glory to execute the mission of love assigned them. None will enter the city of God but those who have been doers of the word. They will be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. It is our privilege to know more of Christ's presence and power, and through faith to become transformed into his likeness. The great apostle prayed for his Colossian brethren that they "might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;" that they "might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God."

Our carnal natures are what COULD have taken hold of Him, had He yielded to temptation, but HE DID NOT. His nature was not carnal, and we must "put off" our carnal natures and be renewed, transformed, born again in newness of life with Christ.

Christ knows by experience what are the weaknesses of humanity, what are their wants, and where lies the strengths of their temptations; for He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet withOUT sin. (See Hebrews 4:15)

Yet the question comes.
How could one WHO recoils from sin,
be tempted as we are, we who are inclined to sin?

Do you know what Christ's SEVERE TEMPTATION was?

His most severe temptation was to maintain complete humanity when He could have called upon His Divinity. This was the most severe discipline He faced.

At first it may seem that we aren't tempted in that line, but then I started thinking...

Isn't that really the basis of sinfulness in created beings, this striving to be one's own god, rather than yielding to the Father's will?

Therefore, yes, Christ faced our same temptations, only for him it was "His rightful" place to be God, He had the ability, whereas we do not have that "rightful place" we are every bit dependant upon God for everything, yet we still want to be our own gods.

It was a difficult task for the Prince of Life to carry out the plan which he had undertaken for the salvation of man, in clothing his divinity with humanity. He had received honor in the heavenly courts, and was familiar with absolute power. It was as difficult for him to keep the level of humanity as it is for men to rise above the low level of their depraved natures, and be partakers of the divine nature.

Christ was put to the closest test, requiring the strength of all his faculties to resist the inclination when in danger, to use his power to deliver himself from peril, and triumph over the power of the prince of darkness. Satan showed his knowledge of the weak points of the human heart, and put forth his utmost power to take advantage of the weakness of the humanity which Christ had assumed in order to overcome his temptations on man's account.

Christ veiled His Divinity and became truly human, in the flesh to redeem mankind.

"If you are the Son of God, show your power by relieving yourself of this hardship", these were the temptations Satan hurled at our Savior. In the recorded temptations, Satan assailed Christ with his strongest temptations in the wilderness. Jesus was "forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days He did eat nothing; and when they were ended, He afterward hungered. And the devil said unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread." Luke 4:2 Would the Son of God, the world's Redeemer, take up the challenge and prove to the apostate that He is indeed the Son of God, the Prince of heaven? It was in His power to do so. The devil was pressing Him to use His Divine power. But Christ refuses to yield to the temptation and rise above the level of humanity.
Instead He answers, "It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." Luke 4:3 Thus He confirmed His commitment to live as a human in total dependance upon the Father.

Philippians 2.5-8
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man
he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death
even the death of the cross.

In John 5:30 Jesus describes His position as a human:

I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

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by Ulrike