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Updated on January 21, 2008

The Man Jesus

How much do we really know about Jesus? Is he man? Is he God? Is he a fictitious character? These and other questions burn in the minds of many Christians concerning this ... Jesus. We would like to believe that we, above all else, know who he is. But if someone was to ask us who we believe he is, our answer is usually very shallow. As a matter of fact, we generally hide behind the ‘faith' word. Well, in this article we will not hide, we will open the scripture and reveal to you ‘Jesus the man', his mission and, why we know him to be the ‘Messiah'.

Every Christian has a duty to study the scriptures for themselves, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightfully dividing the word of truth". 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

When God created humanity he gave him a name, ‘Adam'. The DNA found in EVERY human being today was housed in Adam; male and female. God created, in Adam, all that we are; all that we could ever be; every race, nationality, skin color, etc,. But for them to be manifested in the earth Adam needed a suitable helper.

The first miracle that God performed on behalf of his beloved creation was to reach deep in the bowels of Adam and bring forth a generation. He gave Adam the privilege of naming her, and Adam named her ‘Eve', meaning ‘Woman'.

In the recordings of biblical history, in the Genesis account, it says the first humans disobeyed God, and as a result, became estranged from Him. God no longer fellowshipped with them; they were now tainted with sin, and sin has no place in the presence of God. There was no remedy for man to regain his right standing before God, thus, man was forever banished from Gods' presence. God had to deal with man from a distance.

Since man lacked the ability to reach God, in His Holy Place, God had to reach down into a world filled with "all kinds of evil", and rescue His beloved. But, before that could happen two things would have to happen first:

(1) sin would have to be dealt with,

(2) Man would have to die.

In the Genesis account God said, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die". Genesis 2:17 AMP

For us to wrap our minds around this we have to know one more thing. Adam is not a personal name; it wasn't used as a personal name until after the fall (see Genesis 4:25), It literally means, ‘Mankind', male and female. So, only someone who can represent ‘All Mankind' can satisfy the just demand of God. "And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven." I Corinthians 15:45-47 KJV

I like the way James A. Fowler puts it in his article ‘The Perfect Man' :

"So to express both His justice and His grace at the same time in remedying man's dilemma, the mediator, the savior, would of necessity have to be a God-Man.

As God He could administer His power in overcoming the ‘works of the devil,' (I John 3:8), from whom sin is derived, and thus forgive mankind their sin by His grace.

As Man the mediatorial savior could be the recipient of the death consequences of sin and satisfy God just demands".

As many of us struggle with this paradox of unknown proportion, the Incarnation, we try to wrap our minds around this one time event in human history when God breached all the laws of man and nature to introduce himself ......... in person. "There is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus". I Timothy 2:5


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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you Man Of Valor,

      You have a good understanding of the INCARNATION, and I could add nothing more. Well said.

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      Man of Valor 9 years ago

      Jesus is all Man and All God Too !

      How could Jesus be both completely human and completely God? It doesn’t make sense!

      Indeed, at first it doesn’t seem to make sense, how Jesus could be both human and divine! This is how I look at it, and reconcile the two parts.

      Jesus came to earth in human form. He was born of a woman, and grew up in a common family of carpenters. He had to undergo all the usual experiences of childhood, learning in the Temple and probably learning carpentry from His father. Luke records a young Jesus at the temple eagerly asking questions of the church leaders. As such, Jesus would have experienced all humanity had to offer – joy, sadness, pain, suffering, hope, despair, temptation and so forth. There was no escaping this; it was a part of His very humanity.

      But Jesus was different too, as He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and thus came from God, not from man. He wasn’t just a human being conceived of human genes and blood, but more a case of God in human form, or God incarnate.

      Now this is where it gets interesting. All four gospels record that Jesus did nothing miraculous in his childhood, and that both His ministry and His miracles began only after His baptism by John the Baptist. It’s at this point where Jesus becomes radically different, taking on the identity of the Son of God.

      As far as I understand it, in His baptism, Jesus had the Holy Spirit bestowed on Him by God (see Matthew 3:16). Because Jesus was fully God and sinless, while in human form, He was able to commune completely with God, and receive the full measure of the Holy Spirit, or God’s divine presence on earth (see “Holy Spirit”). He was able to be one with the Spirit, and thus perform miracles and healings in completeness by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are often held back in our abilities, because we are separated from God, but Jesus was God, and thus didn’t have this problem. The prophet Isaiah wrote of how Jesus would be empowered by the Holy Spirit – “The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2).

      It’s far more difficult to draw an analogy of this topic, but I hope this makes sense. Think of it like citizenship – some people can obtain dual citizenship, and as citizens of two countries they can draw on rights and privileges of each country. But while this person resides in one of the countries, they are subject to the citizenship requirements of that country. Jesus holds ‘dual citizenship’ as both man and God, but while residing on earth, He was subject to the ‘citizenship requirements’, or experiences, of human life, and thus had to call on the Holy Spirit for the power He displayed. In coming down to earth, Jesus took on human ‘citizenship’, but this doesn’t mean He’s no longer God, but that while He’s here, He’s constrained to the ‘citizenship requirements’ of humanity.

      The core of this idea is that Jesus was God on earth in human form, and was empowered by the Holy Spirit to perform miracles and so forth. I realise completely that this is only a human understanding of something so far beyond our comprehension. The interrelatedness of the Trinity (God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit) is the subject of intense theological research and discussion, and I can’t do the topic justice here. But seeing how the Spirit is an essential part of Jesus’ life and ministry allows me to understand how Jesus could be both man and God, and how he could have suffered and lived just as we humans did. There’s no illusion for me about Jesus in that respect. I have no doubt that Jesus experienced real pain on the cross, real grief at the death of John the Baptist, real anger at the commercialisation of the Temple, and real love for all of humanity. This humanity He had in abundance. But because He was the true Son of God, He could be in complete communion with God, and was thus able to do anything through the power of the Holy Spirit.

      Some Bible verses to check out on this topic: Isaiah 11:1-2; Matthew 3:16-17; John 1:32-34.

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you commentonthis7, I appreciate your comment.

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      commentonthis7 9 years ago

      Good Hub

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Thank you SirDent for visiting, and thank you Cristina327 for your continued contributions to my hubs.

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      SirDent 9 years ago

      Nice hub Wehzo. Thanks for sharing.

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Thank you Sunkentreasure and Sandra Ricnk for your gracious comments. I will most certainly visit your hubs Sunkentreasure. Sandra, I too, can't wait to see Him in His majesty. Thank you for visiting.

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      sandra rinck 9 years ago

      Nicccceee! I struggle with answering the question myself and all seem fine and dandy to me, but the best explanation I could come up with is...duntadada! God is the Holy Spirit, Jesus is the Holy Spirit and the One to come is the Holy Spirt, thought I do wonder if He/She will look like Jesus or if Jesus will actually resurect His old body or if He will find a new body? I do say though, I can't wait. Though I would probably pee myself among other things and probabaly not be able to speak, but could you imagine just one glimps of the Almighty in It's truest and actual form? But really I think we see God all the time but are too involved with life to recognize, or that sometimes He is sitting right next to me but wont say anything cause He would scare the you know what outa me.

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      Dear Wehzo

      You write from the heart and you have a powerful gift of teaching.

      Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

      Please look at my Hubs, TO GOD BE THE GLORY and THE GREATNESS OF JESUS.

      With Appreciation

      Warm Regards

      Bernard Levine

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      Wehzo 10 years ago

      Thank you Peter for the insightful comment. The scripture does say that God use to walk with them in the garden. I don't know what all that entailed, but you bring up a very good point.

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      Peter M. Lopez 10 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Great insight, Wehzo. I do wonder, though, if man ever really had the right to stand before God. The sin was not an act of evil, but obtaining the knowledge of good and evil, the knowledge of how distant we really are from God. I think, maybe, our standing before God was always an act of divine gift, the divine gift of grace.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 10 years ago from Manila

      Thanks for this another great hub. It is greatly articulated and well explained.