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Jesus - Fully God and Fully Man

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Introduction

Good morning everyone, it is wonderful to see you hear today
I say this a lot, but there is no greater joy than the opportunity for us to gather as the body of Christ , in the house of the Lord to worship.
This practice, has happened since those early believers gathered together from the time of Acts chapter 2. Since then the Ekkleisa, the called out ones, called out from the world have been gathering to worship.
This time together is wonderfully important, both for fellowship and also for the corporate worship of our lives given unto the Lord. Remember Paul says for us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together....
Today we are returning to our theme of the theology of Jesus, what we call Christology.
Last week we looked the nature of the Pre-incarnate Christ, and today we will look at the theme of Jesus being both fully God and fully man.
This truth is a common fact that we talk about all the time, but it is highly important, Both of these aspects of Christ’s life is crucial to our understanding of his role as Messiah and Savior in this world.
So today lets take a journey and consider the topic of Jesus being both fully man and fully God.
In theology we call this union of the two natures, the hyper-static union. So if you have your Bible today, and lets find Philippians chapter 2
And here we find verses 6-7.
Philippians 2:6–7 ESV
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Philippians 2:6-7
We will use this passage as our jumping off point if you will as we consider the two natures of our Lord as He was both fully God and fully man.
This biblical truth is one of the greatest mysteries we hope to grasp as a child of God. And it is important because it defines part of our faith, our doctrinal core beliefs that we live by as a child of God.
So lets begin with this thought today...

1. A Human Nature ......

As we begin thinking about Jesus we must consider that there were two natures in this one person that we know as Jesus before His death, burial and resurrection.
As we begin thinking about Jesus we must consider that there were two natures in this one person that we know as Jesus before His death, burial and resurrection.
And in each of these natures we find things that are unique to the one person of Jesus Christ.
So first will we consider the human nature of Jesus. When you look back at our text, we see that Jesus took the form of a servant.
Look at verse 7...
Philippians 2:6 ESV
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
Philippians 2:7 ESV
7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
The form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men is important. We know from our study of the Scriptures through the Christmas season that Jesus was born to a virgin by the name of Mary.
This action was completed as the Holy Spirit came upon Mary, let me refresh your memory with Luke chapter 1 verse 35.
Luke 1:35 ESV
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
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He was God’s son…
Luke 1:35 ESV
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
And he was born in the likeness of men, in the fashion of men. He had flesh and blood, bone and marrow just like us because He was made like us.
And we know from the testimony of Scripture that Jesus grew, from the time of his birth, we see him some where close to perhaps 2 years old when the Wise men visit and worship Him in Matthew chapter 2
We find him as a young boy, around the age of 12 when his parents loose track of him and returning to Jerusalem they find Him in the Temple… and He responds to their panic,
Luke 2:49 ESV
49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
And we do not see Jesus again until he comes to be baptized of John. But in all this time, He grew in the grace and stature of God. He did this to fulfill the role he was about to play in becoming the Savior of the World.
He took on this fleshly vail, being made in the likeness of men that He might a sacrifice for sin
Listen to the Apostle Paul in
Romans 8:3 ESV
3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
Jesus took on human form, made like us in every way, yet without sin. ;21 and Peter 1:19 reveal this truth completely.
He felt pain and sorrow like us as well. Considering what the Scriptures tell us I am reminded that Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem for they had rejected Him. Listen to the words of the Savior in Matthew 23..
Matthew 23:37-39
Matthew 23:37–39 ESV
37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”
Oh how Jesus longed to love them, to rejoice with them but they rejected Him and now the cross was near…
And as Jesus approached the tomb of his loving friend Lazarus, the Bible tells us ....
John 11:35 ESV
35 Jesus wept.
And moving on I think of His pain and suffering here on earth...
He was battered and bruised, whipped and bleed for us, upon the cross of Calvary. and even there He was marked with compassion for the earthly woman, his mother that was His way into this world. He commended her to the care of John the beloved...
John 19:26–27 ESV
26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
Oh Jesus had a human form, body and nature just like mankind…
Yet we know also that Jesus had a divine nature to Him as well, Remember we are talking about Him being both fully God and fully man.
So this brings me into our second thought for the day.

2. Jesus had a Divine Nature...

Being the one and only Son of God, Jesus has the same nature about Him that His Father does.
We wouldn’t expect anything less would we, even in the nature world our own physical children bear the same similarities, natures and habits that we do. So the Son of God does the same…
And why not.. He is God.
John 1:1 ESV
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus also said that “...He and the Father are one…” .
So lets consider the nature that Jesu had while here on earth… I’m going to just pull out a few of them, this is not meant to be all inclusive by any means.
Omniscience.. That refers to the attribute of God’s all knowing mind. Just as the Father knows the hearts and minds of all, so did Jesus. Jesus knew the hearts and minds of all those around Him.
For instance in speaking with the religious leaders in Matthew chapter 12, the Scriptures tell us in verse 25
Matthew 12:25 ESV
25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.
And another instance of this can be found in , verse 8
Mark 2:8 ESV
8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts?
So the very thoughts and desires of man are not hidden from the Lord. That is a great statement, for it should compel us to put away every evil and stray thought that does not honor and glorify the Lord.
If you run back to , you find him speaking of seeing Nathaniel before meeting Him...
John 1:48 ESV
48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
He is omnipotent.. He is the all powerful Savior who had charge over this whole world.
Jesus healed the sick… says Jesus did indeed heal people of their afflictions, bringing to them a wholeness they had never seen before of Body, Mind and soul.
Matthew 9:35 ESV
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.
He makes us well, He healed my body ,He touched my soul… He has brought to us wholeness with God the Father
He walked on the water and told the winds and the waves to be still.. John chapter 6 and Mark chapter 4.
He raised the dead, John chapter 11 He brings Lazarus out of the tomb, Luke chapter 7 Jesus raised the son of the widow of Nain as they were going out to the cemetery. Luke chapter 8 he brings Jairus daughter back to life.
He turned the water into wine.. John chapter 2…
He turned the water into wine.. John chapter 2…
He is an all powerful Son of God… These are just a few of the miracles that He preformed, letting His works bear witness of the message He brought from the Father in heaven.
Consider love.... His life was marked by the moral attributes of His father such as love…
Jesus loved the world, so much so that He came to die for this world to be a ransom for sin. We see this in and also in , verse 13
John 15:13 ESV
13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
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Oh Jesus came and laid down His life for us, for His friends… those that he loved, How incredible is that friends… He loves you.
Holiness… Jesus was holy… Jesus came and experienced life just as we do and He remained sinless. Consider the writer of Hebrews chapter 4, verse 15
Hebrews 4:15 ESV
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
When was He tempted you might ask? Matthew chapter 4, He was led into the wilderness and there tempted by the Devil.
He was the sinless, spotless lamb of God..
2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
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Luke 1:19 ESV
19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
1 Peter 1:19 ESV
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
He was holy...... He was divine in every way…
One of the most beautiful representations of His holiness and grandeur is seen on the Mount of Transfiguration...
Do you remember that Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him upon the mountain top and there Jesus, His glory was revealed to them and Jesus met with Moses and Elijah as well
Matthew 17 ESV
1 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” 8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. 9 And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” 10 And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” 11 He answered, “Elijah does come, and he will restore all things. 12 But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist. 14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” 22 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed. 24 When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?” 26 And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”
Matthew 17:2–3 ESV
2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.
What a spectacular picture of the grandeur of our Lord, He is holy, He is divine for He is the Son of God, but in truth He is God himself
1 Peter 1:18 ESV
18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,
He was the God man, and the question still remains is the truth of do you know Him.
Are you following Him the one who became flesh and dwelt among us or do you follow the course of this world.
So many times we are stuck in the drive of following our life when He is there all the while calling on us to follow Him.
Will you do that today..
Now I want to wrap all this up today with reminding us that Jesus was one person, God inhabiting flesh .

3. The Son of God Came to Die....

As I mentioned at the very beginning of this message the joining of the God and man, we call this the hyper-static union. Jesus was fully God and yet fully man, two natures present in His one person we call Jesus.
God’s Son born into flesh, the second person of the Trinity, the Son came to die as a ransom for sin.
Let go back to our passage for a moment, but this time we are going to add verse 8 to the list
Philippians 2:6–8 ESV
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
The infinite Jesus, the one who has always existed, being the second person of the Trinity, did not have to grasp, or hold onto His place.
But being obedient to the will of the Father, left glory and was made in human form… that role of a servant we have been talking about.. the God man.
And verse 8 is crucial to all we know and think about...
Look again there
Philippians 2:8 ESV
8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
He submitted himself to the will of the Father. He gave his life, the sinless, spotless lamb of God, the one who knew no sin was falsely accused treated so horribly.
He was false accused, He was beaten and scourged by Pilates guard, He earthly body was ripped a part by the cat of none tails. he had a crown of thorns forced upon His head and He was crucified.
Yet man did not take His life…
He gave it up willingly… dying on the cross, atoning for the sins of the world. Past, Present and Future .. thanks be to God that Jesus was made like us, that He might take our place, but being God himself, was ample ransom for the sins of this broken world
And He has redeemed us to Himself… Oh give thanks to the name of Jesus.
He has not done so much for you… He has done it all for you.. just for you!
Can you thank Him today
Can you follow Him today
Can you live in a manner that is pleasing to Him

There are people in our world, past and present who deny the truth that Jesus was both fully God and fully man, that these two natures existed in human form here on earth that the purposes of God could be completed.
So when we think of his coming into human form we know that he was born into human form.

A. Born into flesh, - human form

After just having celebrated Christmas, we know without doubt that Jesus came into flesh.
We have two wonderful testimonies of the Scriptures that tell us of His coming and the nature of that coming. The first if you remember is from the gospel of John chapter 1, verses 1 and 14.
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John 1:1 ESV
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 ESV
14 And 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 eternal Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, He became flesh and dwelt, literally pitched his tent, lived among His creation.
This truth it what God has prophesied all through out the Old Testament, that God was sending a Savior, one who saves to His people.
and tells us that at just the right time, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
The gospel of Luke gives us the account of God sending a message down to Mary through the angel Gabriele. The message revealed that she would conceive, and bring forth a son named Jesus.
And Mary asked how all this could be, since she was a virgin…and Gabriele says that the Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit would come upon her, and what which she carried would be the Son of God, Luke 1:35.
So we know He came into this world, but also know that the Scriptures tell us that the baby Jesus grew in grace and stature...

B. Jesus Grew in Grace and Stature....

We are not told a lot of information about Jesus adolescent life, but we do have a snap shot if you will that God the Father has allowed us to see of Jesus growth and age development.
Luke 1:28–35 ESV
28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
Luke 1:32 ESV
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
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Divine nature
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Hebrews 4:15 ESV
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
John 8:29 ESV
29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”
John 14:30–31 ESV
30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.
John 15:10 ESV
10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
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Matthew 4:4 ESV
4 But he answered, “It is written, “ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
John 8:40 ESV
40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did.
Hebrews 4:15 ESV
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Jesus is fully Human and and
Luke 2 ESV
1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. 21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. 41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43 And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44 but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
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