- Religion and Philosophy
Christ was a Man just like You and I
Was Christ simply a human?
Was he God?
Was he a demigod?
Many have preconceived notions, ideas and opinions when they read Scripture because the words that have been translated into English from the language of earliest manuscripts may not convey with clarity the message that is meant to be understood. When there is a lack of unity concerning the interpretation of Scripture, appealing to the original languages for clarity may be helpful.
The purpose of this article is to encourage truth seekers to weigh and test the English words of their Bibles with the original languages that God inspired in His word and find patterns with Scripture interpreting Scripture to bring forth evidence of consistency. In this case, God's truth will reveal who Christ is by appealing to the Hebrew and Greek for further clarity on the meaning of 'God' (Elohim) as a precursor to who he is in relation to us.
But now, O LORD (Yah·weh), you are our Father – Isaiah 64:8
Yah·weh said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God (’ĕ·lō·hîm) to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. - Exodus 7:1
Here Yahweh says to Moses that he is like 'God.'
Moses was like God because He served, honoured, approached and spoke to the Father in His presence. Moses believed that the Father was the one true God and became the mediator between God and His people.
With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. – Numbers 12:8
Yahshua Messiah (Elohim)
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings (’ĕ·lō·hîm) and crowned him with glory and honor. – Psalm 8:5
You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor – Hebrews 2:7
The Psalmist is prophesying that the Father would make Christ lower than the angels confirmed later in Hebrews.
Leaders of Israel (Elohim)
I said, “You are gods (’ĕ·lō·hîm), sons of the Most High, all of you – Psalm 82:6
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? - John 10:34
Christ was saying to the leadership of Israel that they are gods (’ĕ·lō·hîm) by quoting Psalm 82:6.
Elohim, Absolute and Appointed
It it is shown that by reading through various Scripture verses and cross referencing with the Hebrew (’ĕ·lō·hîm) and the Greek (theos) reveals that the term 'God' is used in an absolute sense, but also refers to 'God' as an appointed person(s) that Yahweh uses to fulfill His purposes. Even Satan is referred to as a 'God' (theos).
In their case the god (theos) of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:4
It is clear that God designates men as 'gods,' but in an absolute sense the Father, Yahweh is the one and only true God.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions – Psalm 45:6-7
In this verse Yahweh calls someone 'God' because He has appointed that person as 'God' (Elohim). In this case, Christ receives the appointment of His throne from the Father, his Elohim. God is the absolute Elohim because He is the eternal Father and the one true God and Christ is the appointed one (elohim) of His domain.
Yahshua Messiah (Jesus Christ), the Human Son of God
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God (Theos), and* Jesus Christ whom you have sent. – John 17:3
The representation of who Christ is as a human comes from His Father (Yahweh). He was given the authority to represent the Father in his relation to human beings. Those who do not honour the Son of God, do not honour the Father. Recognizing the Son of God as the mediator between God and man, as a man, reveals the Father’s plan and purpose to objectively reveal the image of Himself through His Son.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard*, which we have seen* with our own eyes, which we have gazed* upon and touched* with our own hands—this is the Word of life. - 1 John 1:1
The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. – John 5:22
For there is one God, and* there is one mediator between God and men, the man* Christ Jesus – 1 Timothy 2:5
Christ, the Son of God is a human who operates under the authority of his Father as an objective representation or image of the Father.
But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God*, and that by believing you may have life in his name. – John 20:31
The amazing thing about Christ is that he is a man who accomplished the will of the Father by being a submissive and humble servant to Him. Christ is the example for us to follow by what he did on earth so we can too can follow in his footsteps and inherit the throne with him.
But now you seek to kill me, a man* who has told you the truth that I heard from God. – John 8:40
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne”– Revelation 3:21
Christ's Unique Purpose
Christ had to be a man to purchase our salvation. He was one of us so that he could fulfill God’s plan for the rest of us. He was unique because he was begotten of a virgin just like Adam was created from the dust of the earth. He said that God was His Father. Even Adam too was a son of God.
The son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. – Luke 38:3
Christ had a unique calling to lay down his life. In his victory he is designated by his Father as the King of kings and Lord of lords representing the Kingdom of God.
So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. – John 8:28
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. – Luke 2:52
The leader that the Father has placed over us is one of us. Yahweh gave him glory and honour because he humbled himself unto death and then he was raised victoriously to sit at the right hand (authority) of God until the time the Father sends him to come again for His ekklesia to be raised from corruptible to incorruptible to rule and reign with him. When all Christ's enemies are put under his feet, he will hand the Kingdom back to his Father.
But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. – Hebrews 10:9
Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority, and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put everything under His feet.” Now when it says that everything has been put under Him, this clearly does not include the One who put everything under Him.
And when all things have been subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be made subject to Him who put all things under Him, so that God may be all in all. - 1 Corinthians 15:24-28
He was given glory and honor because he tasted death for everyone.
What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet. – Psalm 8:4-6
These verses speak to Christ being human. Moving all the way to Hebrews, the verses testify of him dying for everyone so that we may receive the grace of God through him.
For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere,
“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor,
putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. – Hebrews 2:5-9
Christ was made human like the rest of us were made. He is not Hercules or a mythological demigod, but made just like we are, 'lower than the angels.' He calls us brothers and sisters (brethren) because he is one of us. He suffered just like any other human would.
For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers – Hebrews 2:10-11
So He had to be made like His brothers in every way, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, in order to make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. - Hebrews 2:17-18
Christ was the first man to be raised (first fruits) as a man and all those who believe in him will do the same.
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:22-23
The first Adam (man) was a living being just as the last Adam (Jesus Christ) is also a living being who became a life giving spirit.
Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. – 1 Corinthians 15:45
For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. – Romans 5:15
Just as one man was disobedient, there is another man, Jesus Christ who was obedient to the Father bringing justification to humanity so that anyone in faith who believes in him as being the Son of God can become righteous before God through him.
If anyone confesses that Jesus is the *Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. - 1 John 4:15
Do you believe that Christ was made human just like you and me?
Do you believe Christ was an overcomer?
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