The Gospels This did not change his nature as being the Son of God. Historical Books His knowledge of divine mysteries would have been no better than any other human of His day. Then in verse seven, you have him taking the form of a servant in the likeness of men. Misconception 5: Jesus Set Aside The Use Of His Divine Attributes. Luke-Acts Maybe the best way to say it is that whatever stood between the fullness of the divine glory before the incarnation and the suffering and shame and degradation and death of the cross — whatever stood between there, that had to be laid aside so he could do it. According to this teaching, when Jesus was on earth–though He was fully God—He voluntarily gave up the use of His divine powers and did all His miracles as a mere human being through the power of the Holy Spirit. Wisdom Literature This would mean that Jesus was deceiving the people. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point But some say that Jesus gave up or took on limitations to his powers of deity so as to fully experience being a human. The New Testament If Jesus gave up all the rights and honor of Deity and became just an ordinary man like you and me, then … I looked through Desiring God’s resources and found a sermon that you delivered way back in 1981. 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A right of Deity would be something that belongs only to God. General Epistles The New Testament teaches that Jesus did exercise the use of His divine attributes while He was here upon the earth. When in Matthew 24:36 Jesus says that not even the Son knows the time of Jesus’s return, I take him to mean that the Son — Jesus Christ, considered in his human nature — operates with a kind of limitation. This is why the Bible describes Jesus’ Second Coming as a time when nature will again be harmoniously subordinate to God’s King and all of his human subjects (cf. Now, I know that sounds weird; that sounds strange. So I don’t think he emptied himself of anything that constitutes the essence of deity. His moral attributes, such as love, holiness, truth were not set aside in any sense. Jesus gave up His innate superpowers for a heart-grown super-faith. The Bible says that Jesus does not change. That is why the writer of Hebrews calls Him, ‘the source and goal of … Major Prophets Historical Books The Bible does not say that God changed into a human being but rather than God became a human being without ceasing to be God. Jesus Is Divine In Substance. He gave up His essential attributes of Deity when He became a human. General Epistles Scripture speaks of Jesus being filled with the Spirit after His baptism. Note that the context affirms both Jesus' Deity and His humanity: God became flesh and dwelt among us. My small group recently considered the subject of Jesus’s divinity and humanity. Jesus chose not to independently exercise of His relative attributes. He was able to live a sinless life by trusting the Father at all times. That Christ gave up the “Independent exercise of the divine attributes” (Strongs Systematic Theology p.382). -------------------- Although He was all-powerful, or omnipotent, He prayed to God to raise Lazarus from the dead. In his human nature, he was fully man. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it’” (Matthew 16:24–25, New International Version).It seems like an incredible contradiction, but we will only find life when we quit pursuing it. The glory of God was such that no human could look at it and live. Pauline Epistles In addition, Jesus always knew He was God and possessed these divine attributes - He was not ignorant of who He was or what He could do. Consequently believers are told to "walk as He walked. -------------------- But then, again I need to qualify and say it would be a mistake to say that he laid aside all of the divine glory in becoming man. There are many misconceptions at to what He set aside. But the indirect evidence of Scripture is equally compelling. ( J ) 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. I have finished the work which you have given me to do. Wisdom Literature .--This verse needs more exact translation. Jesus willingly gave Himself up to His Father’s will that a people be saved from sin, and He volunteered within the Trinity to give Himself as the one and only Saviour from sin. Misconception 1: Jesus Set Aside His Deity This view holds that Jesus ceased to be God when He came to earth. At the end of His life He prayed to His Father to restore His former glory. He veiled His glory, and He chose to occupy the position of a slave. The Deity of Jesus Christ The Bible directly states that Jesus is God in a number of passages. In the heavenly realms Jesus is all-loved and all-worshipped and all-respected. Did Jesus give up His authority as God when He went to the Cross? Pentateuch To be worshipped is one such right. The "glory" is the "glory which He had with the Father before the world was" (John 17:5; comp. Poetical Books And he placed his right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last (Revelation 1:17). Prophets And I don’t think I made that distinction clear enough in 1981. Minor Prophets If Jesus was God, as the Scripture teaches, it is hard to imagine that He could somehow rid Himself of these qualities and still be God. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness (Luke 4:1). He’s not only not empty — he’s full. This is inconsistent with the pure, holy character of God. Major Prophets -------------------- He did not give His perfect morality but He did give up any independent use of His mighty power. It helps us understand what Paul meant when he said, “Though he was in the form of God, he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:6–7). John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”. The Son of God, the King of Glory, the firstborn of all creation, for whom, by whom, and through whom all things are made, who holds everything together by the word of His power, who was in the beginning, the Chief End of all things, the Divine Purpose of all things; He gave up His glory to come to the corrupted earth as a man. And we may expect it to sound strange. But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone (Mark 13:32,32). For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He lived a perfectly sinless life, and then laid that life down as an eternal payment for your sins. Third, He gave up the independent use of His relative attributes (all-knowing, all-powerful, everywhere present, etc.). When arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus stated that He could summon legions of angels and stop those taking Him. In other words, he didn’t empty himself of deity. He thus became our Savior and our highest example of faith. He is fully divine and fully man. Consequently He understands what happens to humans. First, He voluntarily accepted the limitations of being a human being. In the second chapter of the letter to the Philippians the Apostle Paul made the following statement about Christ. In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The New Testament Rather than stay on His throne in heaven, Jesus “made himself nothing” (as the NIV translates Philippians 2:7). This includes His ability to be all-knowing and all-powerful. Many times, prior to his crucifixion, Jesus told his disciples that he was going to be arrested, beaten, crucified. ", The one who says he abides in him ought himself to walk in the same manner as he walked (1 John 2:6). After His Ascension His glory was no longer veiled. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point This was His claim: "For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. of Scripture. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3). Poetical Books It is not possible that God can deceive people about anything. The Old Testament Moreover Jesus allowed the people to know that He had such powers. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). It was not His Deity. "You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?'" The passage speaks of Christ "emptying Himself." But not the divine nature. Jesus was still God while He was here upon the earth. 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I don’t think it means that Christ, in his divine nature, became less than fully divine. Jesus did not know who from the crowd touched His clothes. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs. Jesus chose to submit to the will of God the Father in every word and in every deed. The key word in this understanding is "independent." Minor Prophets GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Finally we come to the reason why Jesus imposed these self-limitations upon His Person. So how then do I understand Philippians 2:6–7 and the emptying of himself? As John the Baptist said concerning Jesus, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). Pentateuch -------------------- In his human nature, he was fully man. Second, His glory was hidden from the people. He also said that three days after being buried he would come back to life. -------------------- However He took upon Himself an additional nature - that of a human. Jesus emptied Himself in at least three different ways. “Dear Pastor John, thank you for all your work over the years in ministry. In other words, Jesus has two distinct natures: divine and human. Jesus is the most important person who has ever lived since he is the Savior, God in human flesh. Minor Prophets He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" The Bible says that God is the God of all comfort. David Guzik :: Génesis 14 – Abram Rescata a Lot y Conoce a Melquisedec, G1 - alpha - Strong's Greek Lexicon (KJV), David Guzik :: Hechos 9 – La Conversión de Saulo de Tarso, David Guzik :: 1 Corintios 7 – Principios Sobre el Matrimonio y la Soltería, A Summary of Each Bible Book - Study Resources, Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:6, David Guzik :: Génesis 3 – La tentación y caída del hombre, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus and the Holy Trinity (Walter Martin), Genesis 6-7 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), A Quiet Heart Means Confidence in God (Elisabeth Elliot), Genesis 1:1-8 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), Genesis 4-5 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith). He’s full of deity.” The whole fullness of deity dwells bodily in Jesus. Humanly speaking, Jesus gave up His will for God’s will (Luke 22:42)—and this is another salient point: selflessness involves more than putting other people first; it is putting God first. Neither did Jesus set aside the use of His relative attributes such as being all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. The names of God are often applied to Jesus. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Jesus was the eternal God who became human. Wisdom Literature The New Testament Scripture says that Jesus was completely aware of who He was and what He could do. I think that would include at least the privileges of deity that stand between the divine Christ and the shame and degradation and suffering and death of the cross. We read, "When he had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into your hands I commend my spirit - and having said this, he gave up the spirit" ().There is a depth of meaning, no doubt, in these words that we cannot understand. Major Prophets B. Hob 1:3: exact representation of … (7) But made himself . However He voluntarily limited Himself to being a human being. Man cannot take upon himself a right that belongs to Deity. There are some who believe that Jesus did not give up any of His divine attributes while here on earth but rather gave up His divine self-consciousness - He did not know He was God. Therefore, he grew up through the stages of childhood like other humans, yet without sin. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. 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Historical Books This position holds that Jesus still retained all of His divine attributes when He was here on earth but that He acted as though He did not possess them. Jesus says, “Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” So, John had already said in John 5:18 that the Jews recognized that Jesus was making himself equal with God. I have glorified you on the earth. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. But Jesus Christ was willing to give up His high position in heaven with all its privileges. Jesus had a body like other men except it was without sin. Johannine Writings Jesus was always conscious of the fact that He was God. . When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. Today we move to a question about what divine attributes were necessary for Christ to lay down in order to take up his humanity. 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