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Dual Nature of the Lord Jesus Christ
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Friday, 12 June 2009 21:35

 

Dual  Nature  of  the  Lord  Jesus  Christ  

 

After our first ancestors Adam and Eve had committed sin, God told the serpent, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shalt bruise His heel." (Gen. 3:15) 

This is the first prophecy in the Holy Bible concerning the coming of the Savior in the flesh Who will vanquish the devil, but He Himself will be bruised.  There are several prophecies in the Old Testament which speak of the suffering Messiah.  The prophet Isaiah wrote: 

"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." (Isa. 53:5) 

And again, God spoke through His prophet: 

"Yet it pleased the LORD (YAHWEH) to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief." (Is 53:10) 

God further revealed in the last verse of Isaiah 53:12 

"Because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." 

The ministry of the Messiah required His being bruised and wounded, which mean the shedding of His blood for our transgressions.  It also required His death for the redemption of mankind.  Could any man die for the sins of the world?  No, only a person who is completely without sin, a perfect man, can assume this role.  The only way in which mankind can be saved from sin is for God to manifest Himself in the flesh, since God, Who is the Eternal Spirit, cannot shed blood nor die.  The Messiah has to be God as well as man.  This Person is the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Bible reveals God's purpose of coming into the world in the form of man.  Philippians 2:6-8 sums it all up: 

"Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men.   And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the Cross." 

The Lord Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man. 

"For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." (Col 2:9) 

God revealed the dual nature of the Messiah through the prophet Isaiah who wrote: 

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isa. 9:6) 

The Messiah was to be born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14), a human being; but at the same time He also had divine nature.  He is called "Mighty God" and "Everlasting Father".  There are many aspects of Christ which are difficult to understand, but as soon as one accepts the truth of His dual nature then the theological problems will be solved.  When the Lord Jesus Christ was making a statement we have to recognize whether He was speaking as God or as a Man.  Similarly, we also have to understand His actions by applying the knowledge of His dual nature.  He could act as God as well as a man.

 

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