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Don Stewart :: What Are Some of the Problems Connected with Jesus' Human and Divine Nature?

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Don Stewart

There are a number of issues that arise about Jesus human and divine nature. This is also known as the problem of the condescension of Christ. When Jesus, as God, became a human being, it was an act of condescension. God condescended to become a human being. The truth of Christ's condescension raises a number of questions and problems.

This Is A Unique Situation

The fact that Jesus had both a perfect human nature as well as a divine nature is something that is unique. Therefore we have nothing to compare it to.

The Mystery Of God Becoming A Human

Paul spoke of the mystery of God becoming a human being

And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness: he who was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, beheld by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory (1 Timothy 3:16).

Paul wrote.

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ (Colossians 2:2).

The hypostatic union is ultimately a mystery. We cannot understand it any more than we can understand the doctrine of the Trinity. While it is a mystery it is not irrational. We believe in the hypostatic union is a reality because it is taught in Scripture by a God who is unable to deceive.

Are The Attributes Able To Be Transferred?

There has been a question as to whether the attributes may be transferred from the divine to the human. The followers of John Calvin, known as Calvinists, held that there was no possibility of the attributes transferring from one nature to the other. Lutherans, on the other hand, teach that Christ's body is everywhere present at all times. They believe the attribute of being omnipresent, or everywhere present, was transferred from Jesus' Deity to His humanity. Summary

There are a number of problems connected with Jesus' dual nature. The Bible calls it a mystery. One of them concerns the way the attributes are transferred. There is a difference of opinion as to whether the human nature of Christ is omnipresent.

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