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The Humanity of Jesus: 4 Reasons Why Jesus Was a Man
The humanity of Jesus is one of the core, basic beliefs in Christianity. Anyone who doesn’t believe in the humanity of Jesus isn’t a true Christian. Because to become a Christian one would have to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead. And, since the lesser is included in the greater, you also somehow believed he died, because for one to be raised from the dead he had to have died. And for one to die he had to have been a man because men die, but God doesn’t.
The antichrist, for example, is one who doesn’t believe in the humanity of Jesus Christ (1 John 4:3). Jesus was a man. That doesn’t mean he couldn’t walk as God on earth because he did, it only affirms that fact that he was 100 percent man and 100 percent God. He was full divinity bestowed in a complete human.
4 Reasons Why Jesus Was a Man
1. God cannot be anointed: Jesus didn’t come to earth as God. He came as a man. He also had to grow up like a normal human being would. In Acts 10: 38, it was recorded that God anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost. If he were God, it’ll have been impossible to anoint him because there’s no greater anointing than God himself.
In Luke 4:18a, Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” Notice what Jesus was anointed to do: to proclaim good news to the poor. Well, you know only men are given the privilege of proclaiming the good news of the gospel. God can’t preach it and even angels can; only man. Hence, inferring that Jesus was a man.
2. God cannot die: 2 Corinth. 5:15 reads, “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” This verse of scripture is talking about Jesus. That shows he’s a man—he died.
God is a spirit (John 4:24). God is not a man (Num. 23:19a). Since spirits don’t die, and it was recorded that Jesus did (2 Corinth. 5:15), then it proves that he was a man indeed.
3. Man had to pay the penalty: The humanity of Jesus attaches legality to the work of redemption. It would have been unjust for God to pay the price for the penalty of sin. Because it wasn’t a “God” who sinned, but man.
Since there was no man found sinless, God had to aid man by coming in the form of a man so he could legally pay the price for man’s sin. Hence, man’s sin was put on man, in form of substitution, and Jesus became sin for us so we would become righteous (2 Corinth. 5:21).
4. Man has a spirit, soul and body: From Luke 2:52 we see that Jesus increased in “wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” That tells us something: Jesus wasn’t born with wisdom. That means his intellect and reasoning capacity had to be developed to discern, analyze and apply information—that’s a mental experience.
As for the spiritual side of Jesus’ nature, we see that it was the Holy Ghost that came upon Mary before she became pregnant with him. Hence denoting that Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit. And since like begets like, therefore, we can say that Jesus’ spirit was the Holy Spirit—proving the spiritual side of his nature.
As for the bodily form, we know that a woman doesn’t give life to a baby; a baby only gets its body from the mother. Hence, Jesus got his body from the seed of David—Mary (2 Tmthy 2:8, John 7:42).
From all these enumerated points, we can see that Jesus was indeed a man. No wonder he was called a man in 1 Timothy 2:5, it reads, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
© 2017 Matthew Joseph