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Today’s question is, “How can Jesus be both
God and man at the same time?” In this video I’ll answer that question
from a biblical perspective. Then afterwards, as always, I’ll share some
helpful resources, so stick around until the end. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is both
God and man. Many Christians are understandably confused
when it comes to understanding how Jesus can be God and man at the same time. How could our divine Creator become a human? Could a first-century Jewish man really be
God? While a certain amount of mystery will always
accompany this issue, both Scripture and, to a lesser extent, church tradition provide
for us important distinctions to help us make sense of this matter. While previous church councils had deliberated
over issues pertaining to the nature of Christ and His relationship to the Father, it was
the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) that affirmed that Christ is “the same perfect in divinity
and perfect in humanity, the same truly God and truly man.” This statement is not true simply because
the council taught it. Rather, the council’s declaration was authoritative
only insofar as it aligned with what the Bible teaches on the subject. Scripture is clear that Jesus is God (John
20:28), and it is equally clear that He is truly human (Romans 1:2–4). Jesus claimed the divine name (John 8:58)
and did things that only God can do (Mark 2:1–12). But Jesus also displayed the weaknesses and
vulnerabilities common to humanity (John 19:28). The belief that Jesus is both God and man
is of fundamental importance. The apostle Paul wrote that an affirmation
of the divinity of Jesus is required to be saved (Romans 10:9), and the apostle John
provided a sober warning that those who deny Christ’s true humanity are promoting the
doctrine of antichrist (2 John 1:7). The Triune God of the Bible has existed and
reigned from all eternity, and the second Person of the Trinity, the Son, took on human
flesh at a particular point in time (Luke 1:35). God the Son added a sinless human nature to
His eternally existent divine nature. The result was the Incarnation. God the Son became a man (John 1:1, 14). Hebrews 2:17 gives the reason that Jesus had
to be both God and man: “He had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order
that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he
might make atonement for the sins of the people.” The Son of God took on human flesh to provide
redemption to those under the law (Galatians 4:4–5). At no time did Jesus ever cease to be God. Although He was made fully human, there was
never a point when He abrogated His divine nature (see Luke 6:5, 8). It is equally true that, after becoming incarnate,
the Son has never ceased to be human. As the apostle Paul wrote, “For there is
one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy
2:5). Jesus is not half-human and half-divine. Rather, He is Theanthropos, the God-man. The Lord Jesus Christ is one eternally divine
Person who will forever possess two distinct yet inseparable natures: one divine and one
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