Torrey - Christ -3.6- Human in all things

VI. HUMAN IN ALL THINGS. Hebrews 2:17 RV — "Wherefore it behooved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people."

First Proposition: Jesus Christ was made "in all things" like His brethren, subject to all the physical, mental, and moral conditions of existence essential to human nature.

Concluding Proposition: Jesus Christ was in every respect a real man.

He became so voluntarily to redeem man ( Philippians 2:5-8; Corinthians 8-9). He partook of human nature that we might become partakers of the divine nature. Second Peter 1:4 — "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

QUESTION: How shall we reconcile the Bible doctrine of the true Deity of Jesus Christ with the Bible doctrine of the real human nature of Christ?

ANSWER: That is not our main business. Our first business is to find out what the various passages mean in their natural grammatical interpretation.

If we cannot reconcile them, we must believe them. It is a thoroughly vicious principle of interpretation that we must interpret every passage in the Bible so that we can readily reconcile it with every other passage. This gives rise to a one-sided theology. One man becomes a one-sided Calvinist and another a one-sided Arminian, and so on through the whole gamut of doctrine. Our business is to find out the plainly intended sense of the passage at hand as determined by usage of words, grammatical construction and context. Remember that in many cases two truths that seemed utterly irreconcilable or perfectly contradictory to us once are now, with increased knowledge, seen to beautifully harmonize. Truths that still seem to us to be contradictory perfectly harmonize in the infinite wisdom of God, and will some day, when we approach more nearly to God's omniscience, perfectly harmonize in our minds. How fearlessly the Bible puts the Deity and manhood of Jesus Christ in closest juxtaposition. Matthew 8:24-26 — "And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm." Luke 3:21-22 — "Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened.

And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased." John 11:38, 43-44 — "Jesus, therefore, again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. And when he had thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go." Luke 9:28-29,35 — "And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistening. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him." Matthew 16:16-17,21 — "And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. and Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day." Hebrews 1:6 — "And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him." (Compare to Hebrews 2:18 — "For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.") Hebrews 4:14-15 — "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens,Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a 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."