Jesus’ Humanity

There is a major problem with popular Christianity, Jesus died so this brings a logical conundrum. If he received death then even with no commission of personal sin, there must have been some form of sin.

 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

 

At first glance, this does not seem very important, except Jesus committed no personal sin. The two verses in Romans and Thessalonians show this concept. The wages of sin is death, and it is clear Jesus died. What is really odd, is the Jesus has no commission of sin, yet he died, so how could he have earned the wages of death?

 

Hebrews 4:14 to 15 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

The next verse specifies that Jesus was cursed, but not that it was a sin to hang on a tree. 2 completely different words with different meanings in the Hebrew. It should be noted that curses in the bible were the God given consequences for sin, but not a committed sin.

 

Deuteronomy 21:22 to 23 And if a man have committed a sin H2399 worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

 

H2399 חֵטְא chêṭ’ khate

From H2398; a crime or its penalty: – fault, X grievously, offence, (punishment of) sin.

 

H7045 קְלָלָה qelâlâh kel-aw-law’

From H7043; vilification: – (ac-) curse (-d, -ing).

 

So how did Jesus sin if the cross hanging wasn’t a sin and he never committed sin?

Must have been in his nature, or mind, both point lead to the carnal flesh concept and back it up.

 

However this verse tells us that we are by nature children of desire, and speaks directly of the lusts of our flesh.

 

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

 

Thus is it rather simple to prove because of Jesus’ death that he possessed a carnal or sinning inclined nature just like us.

 

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

 

Hosea 11:9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.

 

There are no verses that say God became a man. In fact a curse is put on those that say otherwise.

 

Romans 1:18 to 23 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible G862 God into an image made like to corruptible G5349 man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

 

(ISV)Romans 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images that looked like mortal human beings, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.

 

G862 ἄφθαρτος aphthartos af’-thar-tos

From G1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G5351; undecaying (in essence or continuance): – not (in-, un-) corruptible, immortal.

 

G5349 φθαρτός phthartos fthar-tos’

From G5351; decayed, that is, (by implication) perishable: – corruptible.

 

So we have a contrast here, mortal perishing, dying vs immortal, undying, unperishing. The issue is Jesus died, he perished, and he was mortal. This goes against what is stated here to say part of God became man.

Another problem is actually the source material God says he created Jesus with. The bible says that he was made of flesh.

 

Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made G1096 of the seed of David according to the flesh;

 

Galatians 4:1 to 5 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made G1096 of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

 

G1096 γίνομαι ginomai

Thayer Definition:

1) to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being

2) to become, i.e. to come to pass, happen

2a) of events

3) to arise, appear in history, come upon the stage

3a) of men appearing in public

4) to be made, finished

4a) of miracles, to be performed, wrought

5) to become, be made

 

Psalms 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

 

In other words Jesus came into existence as flesh. The old adage “you can’t find what isn’t there” comes to mind.

1 Corinthians 15:42 to 50 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 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. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

 

It would be a hard rejection to everything which is Christianity if we rejects Jesus as a flesh and blood human. It is well known he had been given a greater body after his resurrection. Before this we know he was flesh and blood because he bled and died on the cross.

 

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

 

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

 

The word flesh “σαρκι” is same exact Greek word spelling used in both previous verses and the next passage. There can be no doubt given context this is speaking of a physical body.

 

Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

 

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

In other words a physical body like ours which was prone to sin inclination. Also see.

 

Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness G3667 of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

 

G3667 root word is homo in other words the same.

 

G3667 ὁμοίωμα

Thayer Definition:

1) that which has been made after the likeness of something

1a) a figure, image, likeness, representation

1b) likeness, i.e. resemblance, such as amounts almost to equality or identity

Part of Speech: noun neuter

A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G3666

 

G3666 ὁμοιόω homoioō

Thayer Definition:

1) to be made like

2) to liken, compare

2a) illustrate by comparisons

Part of Speech: verb

A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G3664

 

If Jesus did not have the same sinful flesh we do why then does the Greek word say he does? We have a variety of English words which use the same word building. To show an example of what this means in English today.

 

From Dictionary.com

 

homo-

Word Origin

  1. a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant“same” ( homology); on this model, used in the formation ofcompound words ( homomorphic).

 

John 3:1 to 6 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 

The odd thing is if Jesus was made of a part of God’s spirit this would have been spoken of somewhere in the conception and birth verses. Instead what we read is:

 

Luke 1:34 to 35 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon G1909 thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow G1982 thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

 

G1909 ἐπί epi ep-ee’

A primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive case], that is, over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc.: – about (the times), above, after, against, among, as long as (touching), at, beside, X have charge of, (be-, [where-]) fore, in (a place, as much as, the time of, -to), (because) of, (up-) on (behalf of) over, (by, for) the space of, through (-out), (un-) to (-ward), with. In compounds it retains essentially the same import, at, upon, etc. (literally or figuratively).

 

G1982 ἐπισκιάζω episkiazō ep-ee-skee-ad’-zo

From G1909 and a derivative of G4639; to cast a shade upon, that is, (by analogy) to envelop in a haze of brilliancy; figuratively to invest with preternatural influence: – overshadow.

 

Neither word has a meaning of “in” which would be required to prove that Jesus was made from a part of God. Also other people were born with the spirit for instance John the Baptist, or Sampson. Therefore unless a person chooses to believe that all of these people had part of God in them at birth, and were thus part of the Godhead, then the complete argument which states “Jesus has the spirit from a young age, so he must have been part of God at birth” or similar phrasing fails. Passage quotes from a later date reference after Jesus’ baptism prove nothing, because by that point we have a concrete time set for when the spirit of God descended upon him. Previous to this only humanity can be proven, and even with this even only humanity can still be proven because the Dove does not descend “into” him but “upon” him this is external.

 

If there is a book or ancient text which says Jesus came in the body of and angel of God or angel of Death, or a god, or The God, or any other thing than a fleshly man, it is incorrect.

 

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

 

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 

Jesus was birthed of Mary. Mary was a woman who we can trace her ancestry back to Adam through either of the geneologies in the New Testement. The concept of Immaculate Conception has no hold over this. Flesh even if supposedly immaculate is still flesh.

 

Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

 

We know because of this verse flesh is not good. If God is good, and flesh is not, then Jesus is not as good as God. Jesus himself claimed to be flesh and bone even after the resurrection. This means even after his work of his salvation he was not as good as God. The amount of goodness Jesus was, was very great, but not as much as God.

 

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

 

God via prophecy state he was neither a man, nor was he the Son of Man. Jesus told us he was the Son of Man.

 

Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

 

This is why he is not God. There is another reason why Jesus is not God. Jesus is not as good as God.

 

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

 

So Jesus claimed to be the Son of Man.

 

The phrases “God is flesh”, “God became flesh”, “God took flesh”, “God created himself as flesh”, do not appear in the bible. The phrase God manifested or was manifest in the flesh appears in several verses. The word appeared is the same Greek word as manifest.

 

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

 

1 Timothy 3:16 και ομολογουμενως μεγα εστιν το της ευσεβειας μυστηριον θεος εφανερωθη εν σαρκι εδικαιωθη εν πνευματι ωφθη αγγελοις εκηρυχθη εν εθνεσιν επιστευθη εν κοσμω ανεληφθη εν δοξη

 

Notice how there is no punctuation in the Greek language, and the punctuation in the English emphatically represents the Trinitarian view.

 

Word of Yhvh 1 Timothy 3:16 and great confession exists to the righteous mystery God gave appearance in flesh and in given spirit a visible angel proclaiming in the multitude with confidence in harmony raise up in glory.

 

There is no word for “of” in this verse between visible and angel. Was Jesus an angel? In the sense of a messenger yes. The problem with the KJV translation and many others, is that in the Greek the aorist tense does not have a past, present or future tensing added to the words. The second problem is the dative tense is not properly rendered into the English. The dative tense represents an act of giving. This refers to Jesus having been given God’s appearance. In other words Jesus looked like God’s form. While he was mortal, and also as an immortal.

 

John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

 

There are not many Christians who would disagree with the idea that Jesus looks like Yahweh. This verse does not prove Jesus is God. It only proves Jesus was given a form which looks like God.

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