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lightmanx5
lightmanx5
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Tue, Apr. 8th, 2008 10:36 pm
On Vox: Notes on Alistair Begg's Jesus the God-Man


In Jesus, God became man.  The infinite became finite.  The eternal entered time.  The Creator became the created one.  John 1:14 "The Word became flesh."  He became what He was not without ever ceasing to be what He was, namely God.  And in becoming man, Jesus was not exchanging his divinity for His humanity; he wasn't suspending or surrendering His divine attributes or prerogatives in order that He might be come real and active.  The divine Word did not relinquish His deity, but added to it.

Jesus had ordinary human affections.  He had His close friends/disciples, and loved His mother.

Jesus had a human faculty of choice.  Jesus was making real choices.  Jesus chose NOT to make stones in to bread, and chose NOT to throw Himself down from the pinnacle.

Jesus (not ONLY but ALSO) had a human intellect.  He "learned his times tables."  "Mary taught Him His colors."  God chose not to reveal to Jesus the time of His return.

Jesus: TWO Natures in One Person
When we say JESUS, we're speaking about One in whom is found all that can be found of God and all that can be expressed in man.

The first 400-500 years of the early church wrestled with these ideas.

Constantine became a Christian in 312 A.D. and he put together the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. in order to wrestle with the issue of who Jesus was in relationship to the Father and the Holy Spirit.  But it wasn't until 381 A.D.  in the Council of Constantinople, they finally determined together that Christ was not a created being.

How then can the divine and human coexist in this person?  How can you have one person with two natures?

They ruled out the idea that Jesus was two personalities under one skin.  They also ruled out the idea that divinity swallowed humanity.  (That His humanity was an unreal notion, and that he was truly divine and a bit of a phantom.)  They also ruled out the idea that instead of there being two distinct natures within one person, that these two natures were fused and interwoven in a 'mongrel' existence.

Council of Chalcedon: Jesus Christ acknowledged in two natures inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably.

The Westminster Confession:
Two whole perfect and distinct natures, the Godhead and the manhood, were inseparably joined within one person, but without conversion, composition, or confusion.

Originally posted on lightmanx5.vox.com


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