by Jonathan McLeod

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The Humanity of Jesus (2 of 5)
Series: The Real Jesus
Jonathan McLeod


Jesus Christ is fully GOD and fully MAN in one person.

Theologians call this doctrine the hypostatic union. Two complete natures are united in one person.

• Jesus is God the Son.
• Jesus was always God.
• Jesus became human.

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"-which means, "God with us" (Matthew 1:22-23; cf. Isaiah 7:14).

"Incarnation" literally means "taking on FLESH."

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:1, 14a).

When John wrote his first epistle (probably between A.D. 85 and 95), a false teaching was circulating in the church, which claimed that Jesus only seemed to have a physical body. This heresy became known as docetism. (The word "docetism" comes from the Greek word dokeo, "to seem, to appear to be.") This false teaching about Jesus was what led John to write, "Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of antichrist" (1 John 4:2-3; cf. 2 John 7). John understood that to deny that Jesus had come in the flesh was to deny something at the very heart of Christianity (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, p. 540).

For most people, it is easier to accept the humanity of Jesus than His deity (a good man, but not the God-man). But for Christians, it is often more difficult to accept the full humanity of Jesus.


God the Son became a real human being without ceasing to be God:

• Jesus had a human BODY.

(1) He was "born of a woman" (Galatians 4:4; cf. Luke 2:7).
(2) As a child, He "grew and became strong" (Luke 2:40; cf. v. 52).
(3) He was tired (John 4:6; Luke 23:26).
(4) ...

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