Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #80
I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”
Let’s start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is 1 John 4:2-3 which reads: “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
Today’s words from a theologian are from J.I. Packer. He said: “Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.”
Our topic for today is titled “Why Should We Believe That Jesus Christ Is Human?” from “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron.
Dr. Daryl Aaron writes…
As we saw in chapter 17, orthodox Christianity has always proclaimed that Jesus Christ is fully and eternally God. It has also maintained that he became fully human as well. Small pockets of Christians have denied this, believing that he was truly God but not truly human; he only appeared to be a human, or only a part of him was human. This too was quickly considered heresy.
The true humanity of Jesus is just as important as his deity, for at least the following reason: As the sacrifice for the many sins of many humans had to be infinite in nature, so it had to be truly human. Only a human can die in the place of another human. That is why animal sacrifices could never accomplish this; they were only lessons about sin, not the payment for sin (Hebrews 10:3–4). God, who is of infinite value, had to become human in order to provide an adequate substitutionary sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 2:17).
Biblical Evidence for the Humanity of Jesus Christ
The New Testament epistle of 1 John is important in this regard. The apostle John was addressing the destructive influence of some who denied Christ’s actual humanity. For example, he says, Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist. (1 John 4:2-3)
In light of this pressing issue, note how John began his epistle: That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
“The Word” (logos) was John’s way of referring to Jesus Christ (compare John 1:1). Obviously he did not waste any time getting started; he said, in essence, “I am an eyewitness! I have heard, seen, and touched Jesus. And I assure you he is not a phantom—he is utterly and fully human.”
John was simply referring to his firsthand experience of what the New Testament records: Jesus was born, though not conceived, in a typical way (Luke 1–2). He had a human family tree (Matthew 1). He developed as a human (Luke 2:52). He had normal human needs (e.g., sleep, food, water). And he died physically (Matthew 27:50), as all humans do.
The New Testament refers to him as a “man”; Jesus presented himself as such (John 8:40). Paul, who referred to him as a man to Greek philosophers in Athens (Acts 17:31), also developed a key point involving the first man—Adam—and another man, Jesus Christ, “the last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45; see Romans 5:12–21). This argument rests on Jesus’ being as human as Adam, and his getting right what Adam got wrong for the benefit of all who would trust in him.
Paul says, “There is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). There it is in one verse—Jesus is both divine and human. As we saw in chapter 17, he made the same point elsewhere: “In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives [his deity] in bodily form [his humanity]” (Colossians 2:9).
Another evidence of Jesus’ true humanity is the term Son of Man. For example, Jesus said, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). This term, rich in meaning, connotes even more than the fact that Jesus is human. The Old Testament background of many of the later uses of this term is Daniel 7:13–14: In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days [God] and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
This is a reference to the Messiah, as even some Jewish interpreters acknowledge and as early Christians came to understand. So not only is the Messiah human, he also comes from heaven (compare John 3:13; 6:62). This, combined with the fact that he will be worshiped by all people (Daniel 7:14), implies his deity. “Son of Man” means not only that the Messiah is fully human but also that he is God at the same time.
Let’s Pray —
Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that while it is important to engage in the study of God, it is far more important that you have a relationship with God. I fear that there are a lot of people who will die knowing a lot about God, but not really knowing God. You don’t want to be one of those people.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.
May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.