The God-nature, man-nature of Jesus
Pilate asked a
couple of questions to Jesus that we are still asking today. "What
is truth?" and with that question still unanswered, we go out and do our thing
just as Pilate did. (Check John 18:38). But when Pilate found out that Jesus
claimed to be the Son of God, he was more afraid than ever so he goes back to
Jesus and he asks another question that we are asking today also. It goes like
this, "Where are you from?" He wasn't asking Jesus where was he born or raised
but who is he or what is he? The Jews wanted to kill him because he claimed
to be the Son of God. We as Christians claim to be sons of God and so did the
Jews in Jesus' day. By reading John 8:41, the Jews claimed that God was their
Father too. So what is going on? Why would they want to kill Jesus because he
claimed to be the Son of God? Didn't they make the same claim? To see the
answer to this question even clearer, we need to examine more of Jesus' life in
seeing the things that he did and the things that he said.
In Matt. 4:4,7,10
are the answers that Jesus gave to the questions that
Satan used on him at the temptation. I would like to discuss a couple of them.
In the first temptation, we see Satan talking to Jesus, "And when the tempter
came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be
made bread." -(Matthew 4:3)
hasn't eaten in forty days and nights. Here is what Jesus told
him, "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." -(Matthew
The next temptation
that I would like to discuss is where Satan took Jesus
and what he told him,
"Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high
mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of
"And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and
worship me." -(Matthew 4:8,9)
And the answer that came back into Satan's ears:
"Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt
worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." -(Matthew 4:10)
In answer to this temptation,
Jesus told him that we are to worship and serve only God. Based on these two temptations,
I would like to share with you some things that Jesus did after he comes out of the temptation.
He goes into town and he preaches the biggest recorded sermon in the New Testament, the
sermon on the mount (Check Matthew 5,6,7). In this particular sermon, he says
some remarkable things in v. 21 of Matthew 5 and on. He says, "Ye have
heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever
shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
But I say unto you,...."(Matthew 5:21,22)
Over and over,
he says this, all though this chapter and this is the very first
recorded sermon after the temptation. God wants us to think about what is
happening. He told Satan that man doesn't live by bread alone but by every
word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. He (Jesus) quotes Old Testament
Scripture and then he says, 'But I say unto you..' He is telling men how to live.
He finishes his sermon and then comes a leper and falls down before Jesus and
worships him. Remember Jesus told Satan at the temptation that you are to
worship God and only him. Yet he accepted the worship of the leper and many
other people all through the Gospels. (Check Matthew 8:1-3)
We need to see
Jesus as God and Jesus as a man. For him to retain his Deity, he had to
retain his attributes, characteristics as God and for him to become a man,
he had to become just like us. In other words, God as a man could be tempted,
God as God could not be tempted. In his humanity, he ate, slept, he got weak,
tired, etc. In his Deity, he knew men's thoughts, he saw things when he wasn't
present, he was worshipped (God lives in me but people
don't worship me.) ((Worship will be discussed in another Chapter.)) In his
humanity he prayed, depended upon and he worshipped God. In his Deity, he
was all knowing. As God, Jesus is prayed to. Check Acts 2:21 (cf.) Rom. 10:6-
13, 16. (Ck. John 12:36-41)
Acts 9:10-16-- In reference to Ananias speaking to Jesus about Paul arresting
those who call upon the name of Jesus, or should I say those who pray to Jesus.
I Cor. 1:2-- Calling upon Jesus, praying to him.
II Tim. 2:22-- Calling upon the Lord out of a pure heart, this is Christians
talking to, praying to Jesus. (Cf. heart is purified by faith- Acts 15:9.)
The "first Adam" blew it
in the Garden of Eden but the "last Adam" corrected it. Reading:
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last
Adam was made a quickening spirit. -(1 Cor 15:45)
Now watch the
"last Adam" talk and he does this all through the word.
"29. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
"30. When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that
summer is now nigh at hand.
"31. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the
kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
"32. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be
"33. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
"34. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged
with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come
upon you unawares.
"35. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole
"36. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to
escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of
Just a few comments
here to show an interesting point. As I discussed earlier, Jesus is continually
telling people how to live and as we can see he is doing it here, once again.
Also within these verses, he puts himself on a pretty high level, he says that
his words will not pass away but heaven and earth will pass away.
That's heavy! Then by the time that we get to verse 36, he makes
another strong statement. He tells us to watch and pray always that we may be
accounted worthy to escape all of these things and stand before the Son of
man. Before who? "The Son of man!" He didn't say Jehovah God, he said
before the Son of man.
Now I would like
to share a few of the times that He talks in the third person.
"33. Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be
delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn
him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:
"34. And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him,
and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again."
I would like to share another one in Luke and then make a few comments.
"31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to
Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of
man shall be accomplished.
"32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and
spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
"33. And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall
Just imagine me doing
what Jesus is doing here. I say, "Well, tomorrow we are going to Boise and they
are going to deliver Danny Bunn up to the Roman Catholics, Mormons, and
Jehovah's Witnesses and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver
him to the unbelievers; And they shall mock him, and scourge him, and shall
spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again."
What happened to me?
I keep talking about him. Am I talking about me or him? God had two natures,
one of human origin and the other Deity. Even I as a Christian have two natures,
one sinful and one born of God. Isn't that what Paul talks about in Romans 7?
Going to Luke 19:32-34
"32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto
"33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why
loose ye the colt?
"34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him."
I thought that I would
throw a thought based on these verses in Luke 19 by reading an Old Testament verse.
When they went and got the colt, Jesus fulfilled another prophecy. It says,
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold,
thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding
upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass." -(Zech 9:9)
Who is Zion's only
King with salvation or is salvation? The same question for Jerusalem's King?
Let's go to Isa. 50:1-7 first and read a little.
"1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement,
whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you?
Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions
is your mother put away.
"2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to
answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power
to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a
wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.
"3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.
"4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know
how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by
morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
"5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned
"6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the
hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
"7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded:
therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be
The Lord God was
talking and we get to verse 4 and it changes. In verse 2,
he asks some questions, "Is my hand shortened that it cannot redeem?" and he
says, "or have I no power to deliver?"
The Messiah appears in
v. 4 and on. he is doing a work to deliver mankind, to totally set them free.
So we see that God's hand is not shortened and he does have power to deliver.
Isa. 52:13-15 should help us to see this even clearer.
"13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled,
and be very high.
"14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any
man, and his form more than the sons of men:
"15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him:
for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had
not heard shall they consider."
One thing is for sure,
this person is going to be doing an outstanding work.
Now to Isaiah 53:1-11,
"1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD
"2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry
ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is
no beauty that we should desire him.
"3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with
grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we
esteemed him not.
"4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem
him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
"5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are
"6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
"7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is
brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,
so he openeth not his mouth.
"8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his
generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression
of my people was he stricken.
"9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death;
because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
"10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou
shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong
his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
"11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his
knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their
All of that is
powerful but I am just going to focus on verse 11 for now,
"..for he shall bear their iniquities." God in his humanity can do what God in
his deity cannot do, and that is 'bear sins', He can't even look upon sin, much
less bear it.
Let's take a break
and go to Isa. 42:8 since we are fairly close to that chapter. It says,
"8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another,
neither my praise to graven images." (Isaiah 42:8)
Check out Jesus' prayer
in John 17:5
"5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which
I had with thee before the world was."
Jehovah God says
that he won't give his glory to another, yet Jesus received
God's praise continually most of the three years of his ministry.
For more illustrations
of Jesus, the God-man let's check out Isaiah 59:15-20.
"15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey:
and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
"16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no
intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his
righteousness, it sustained him.
"17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation
upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was
clad with zeal as a cloke.
"18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries,
recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.
"19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from
the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of
the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
"20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from
transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD."
And Isa. 63:5,6:
"5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was
none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my
fury, it upheld me.
"6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my
fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth." (Isaiah 63:5,6)
In the verses that
we have quoted here, we see that God himself brought
salvation since there was no one else who could.
Now going to
Deut. 18, John 12, Heb. 2; we're going to look a little at his
"18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee,
and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I
shall command him.
"19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words
which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him."(Deut. 18:18,19)
"8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always." John
Think about this one,
as God he said that he would never leave or forsake us but as man he did...
As we see in John 14 and 1:12 and other places.
"14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also
himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him
that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the
seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God,
to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour
them that are tempted."
In these Scriptures,
we see that this person before his human manifestation was something before
he came as a Prophet to his people, that he won't always be with them in the flesh,
that he didn't take on the nature of angels but he took on flesh and blood.
He didn't become an angel, he became a man. Who or what was he before?
"36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but
my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the
coming of the Son of man be."
We see that this Son
of man is leaving but he is coming back. What about the Son of God?
He lives in me and every other Christian. So because of that,
he is everywhere present. So he will come back in the Son of Man even though
he is here now. And when the Messiah comes back in the physical, you better
know him as your Lord and Saviour. He is already here in the spiritual calling,
convicting, drawing men and women to himself.
Matt. 12:39,40 says,
"But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation
seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the
Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
I believe that the
Son of God separated from the Son of man in the absolute sense of the word
(Cf. Matt. 27:46)-- He was speaking in his humanity here not as Deity.
God forsook the body for that he created for himself since he became a man
or to say since he put on flesh. God cannot look on sin and when Jesus took
on the sins of the world, God had to exit the body that he created for himself.
There must have been a separation of his humanity and Deity at this point and time.
Lambs were sin offerings
in the O.T. and they don't have spirits. So the Son of man, the last Adam was the sin
offering for the world's sins. His body was a sin offering just as a lamb's body in the
O.T. was a sin offering. Remember Jesus was the Lamb who took the sins of the world.
Jesus as God could not be
tempted (James 1:13) and he sure couldn't sin. Jesus as man could be tempted
and was tempted and could sin but chose not to.
(Matt. 4:1, Heb. 2:18, 4:15)
James 1:13 "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God
cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:"
Matthew 4:1 "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted of the devil."
Hebrews 2:18 "For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to
succour them that are tempted."
Hebrews 4:15 "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with
the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet