Jesus of Nazareth lived as a Man, but not as God.



"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

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Jesus of Nazareth lived as a Man, but not as God.

In the beginning, Jesus was God the Word (John 1:1). Later, Jesus became a man (John 1:14). After that, upon his resurrection from the dead and subsequent ascension, he was anointed once again as God (Hebrews 1:8 and 9). During the period of time when Jesus lived as a man, he lived only as a man, and not as God.

The Word was God until he became a man. God did not mask his omni-powers with a fleshly body; but he willingly stepped down from being God with omni-powers, to a man of flesh with no power. As a man, fully human, he lived among men as Jesus of Nazareth. During his time as a human he lived a holy life and, by so doing, provided the example after which our lives are to be patterned. After fulfilling his life as a man and after his death as the Lamb of God, God made Jesus to be our Lord and Christ. At the same time, Jesus Christ entered the Omni-Power Spirit body of God, and God the Father and the Holy Ghost anointed Jesus as God. So, Jesus is no longer a man of flesh; he is seated at the right hand of God the Father, now as God the Son. You may look the details in this video, the link is: "God or Man".

1. God the Word became 'Flesh' the Son of Man & the Lamb of God.

The Bible says that God is a Spirit. He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. God The Word, who was God, was part of the Spirit who is God, and correspondingly shared all the power of God. God The Word shared these powers while he was Spirit; however, when he was made flesh, he gave up and came out of the Spirit that has the Godly powers of omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. That is to say; he was born as a mere, mortal man; Jesus of Nazareth. John 1 says: "1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14) .. the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." The Bible says that 'the Word was God' and it did not say that 'the Word is God' when he became a man. In order to become a man, God the Word gave up his equality with God; and laid down his godly power. As a man, he became a servant, and obeyed God until death. Philippians 2 says: "6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." He became an ordinary man to the extent that he wept tears of heartfelt pain as he offered his prayers to God. Hebrews 5 says: "7) Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8) Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9) and being made perfect," As verse 9 says, he was not born perfect; rather, he was made perfect by the life he lived. He also had to be made perfect like any other human being and had to be saved from death. He proved by example that a human could, by the grace of God, be made perfect.

Jesus came to save his people. Matthew 1:21 says: "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Romans 3:25 says: "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past…." To save his people from their past sins, Jesus was required to die as the sacrificial Lamb of God. John 1:29 says: "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." 1 Peter 1 says: "18) ye know that ye were not redeemed …. 19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." As the Lamb of God, Jesus was required to die as the sacrifice for forgiveness of our sins. Death, though, is not possible for God and the angels, because they are spirits that are eternal. Jesus, in order to die as the Lamb of God, had to give up his place as God, and assume the position of a human deemed 'a little lower than angels'. Hebrews 2:9 says: "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, ..." So, God the Word, who was God, had to become a man, who was the Lamb of God, in order to die. God cannot and never will die. Jesus of Nazareth, or the Man Jesus, has died on the cross. If he was God, he will not, and he could not have died. So, according to the word of God, if Jesus had kept the status of being God, he could not die as the Lamb of God. Clearly, Jesus gave up his existence as God to enable his sacrificial death as the Lamb of God, and he has died as a full and complete man.

2. Biblical evidences are that when Jesus lived as a man, he was not God.

Jesus was a man approved of God; a ‘man approved of God’ is not God. Acts 2:22 says: "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God." Jesus of Nazareth refers to himself, in this verse, as a man. Again, in speaking of himself as a ‘man approved of God’, Jesus confirms he is not God. John 8:40 says: "But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God." Jesus confirms, once again, that he is a man, and confirms that he has heard the truth from God; in this statement he again confirms he is not God. John 1:14 says: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." The term ‘flesh’ in this verse is normal, ordinary, sinful human flesh; the flesh of a man. Romans 8:3 says: "... God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" Although he was a mere man with sinful flesh, Jesus lived without sin. He lived without sin because of and by the grace and power of God. Luke 2:40 says: "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." Through Jesus, this power is available to us. John 1:12 says: "as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" These are all from scripture.

Jesus was not God disguised as a man. Jesus was a normal human being; a true man. Jesus was a man of sorrows. Isaiah 53:3 says: "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:" Matthew 26 says: "38) Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39) And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." This was human fear and agony, as Jesus prayed to God the Father at Gethsemane. The human emotions, evidenced in this man of sorrows, are compelling evidence that he was not God but was fully man. Think about this; if Jesus was fully God, he would have known his prayers would be fruitless, since he, being omniscient, would have known the future. If he was fully God, therefore, his prayer would have been meaningless. His prayer and the associated suffering make sense only if Jesus was fully human, and sought an alternative to the path of pain and suffering God had revealed to him. Clearly, Jesus was human. Hebrews 5:7 says: "in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;” Jesus intense suffering was crucial in his path to perfection." Hebrews 10:8 says: "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered." Jesus had to learn obedience through suffering in order to be made perfect. He was born an imperfect human; he had to be made perfect. Again this is not a characteristic of God; God is inherently perfect, having no need to be made perfect through suffering. These verses offer repeated proofs that Jesus was a man; a normal man. Jesus was not God.

God cannot be tempted with evil, either by the devil, the world, or the flesh. James 1:13 says: "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:" Jesus, however, could be and was tempted, as confirmed in the following verses: Matthew 4:1 says: "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." Hebrews 2:18 says: "... in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." Hebrews 4:15 says: "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." Since God cannot be tempted, and since Jesus was tempted, Jesus was not God. As a man, he was tempted in all the same way we are tempted, but he overcame all temptations. He was sinless. Revelation 3:21 says: "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." Jesus became flesh to overcome the flesh and live a sinless life as a human being, which demonstrates to us that we as men and women may follow him and overcome our temptations.

Numbers 23:19 says: "God is not a man …" 1 Samuel 15:29 says: "And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man." Hosea 11:9 says: "I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man;". So, God is not a man and a man is not God. According to the word of God, therefore, no man can be God. Jesus of Nazareth was a man; therefore, according to these verses, Jesus could not be (and therefore was not) God.

In Exodus 33:20, God told Moses: "Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live." John 1:18 says: "No man hath seen God at any time;" 1 Timothy 1:17 says: "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God," 1 Timothy 6:16 says: "Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." Clearly, God is immortal, but Jesus of Nazareth was mortal. God is invisible, while Jesus of Nazareth was visible. No man can see God, neither can man look upon even the light that God dwells in; but Jesus of Nazareth could be seen. So, Jesus of Nazareth lived as just a man, not as God.

3. Why is this Topic so Important?

1 Peter 2 says: "21) hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:" Scripture says that Jesus Christ lived as a man, in order to show us an example for us to follow his steps. We are called to live a holy life. Satan as an angel and his messengers defy God’s instruction and preach a message diametrically opposed to this scriptural truth. They say that Jesus lived a sinless life because he was God; he succeeded in this because his Godly powers made him special and unique, and (since none of us have Godly powers) no other human can live a holy life. But, the truth is that Jesus was born in sinful flesh (just as we are) as in Romans 8:3, "God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" He lived a sinless life by the grace power and spirit of God. The same grace, power, and spirit of God, is available to us also. We are instructed to follow the steps of Jesus. Any religious teaching that salvation is yours forever, whether you sin or not, is false. You can accept or reject truth; the choice is yours. You can either believe the false teachings of the devil and his deceivers, or you may obey the truth according to the word of God. A clear understanding of Jesus is required to make the right choice. Jesus Christ says in Revelation 3: "21) 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. 22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." Only a few people will overcome; only a few will enter through the strait (tight- it is not straight) gate (it is the tight gate that we have to squeeze ourselves or strive to enter in at the strait gate as in Luke 13:24). You can receive this grace and truth from Jesus Christ, in order to overcome, as he did overcome. If so, you will become the children of God and then be joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.

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