The Deity and Humanity of Jesus Christ
Recently, I had to answer my belief statements in a doctrinal review as I prepared to teach at an established Seminary institution. It was a +20 page concisely written statements of faith regarding key biblical truths. And then I came to question #6: what did I believe in regarding Christ’s humanity. That’s an easy one, right? Believe it or not, early church Father’s needed about 3 different Council deliberations before we figured out this divine mystery. I might as well share with you my attempt to muster up a brief and accurate (hopefully) answer which took our early church 4 centuries to get cleared up.
“I believe in the complete deity (Col 2:9) and humanity of Jesus Christ (1 Tim 2:5), the incarnation of God (1 Tim 3:16). He was, is, and forever is God (John 1:1, 3:13, 3:31, 8:58). He is worthy of all our praise (Heb 1:6).
Jesus became fully human (1 John 1:1), experiencing all physical and emotional qualities (Luke 2:52), yet without sin. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, he became man to reveal himself to his creation (John 1:18), to be an example (1 Peter 2:21), to live a life of perfect obedience, and ultimately to atone for our sins as a perfect sacrifice (Heb 10:4-5).
Out of humility and love, he lowered himself taking the role of a servant as an ultimate expression of sacrifice and love (Phil 2:6-7).”
I love diagrams, yet, they never do justice 100% of the time. But this may help you visual learners out there.