Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. But then, again I need to qualify and say it would be a mistake to say that he laid aside all of the divine glory in becoming man. Neither did He set aside only some of His divine attributes and keep others. Luke-Acts The Lord Jesus died as none other ever did. This is why the Bible describes Jesus’ Second Coming as a time when nature will again be harmoniously subordinate to God’s King and all of his human subjects (cf. 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According to this teaching, when Jesus was on earth–though He was fully God—He voluntarily gave up the use of His divine powers and did all His miracles as a mere human being through the power of the Holy Spirit. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22', There are options set in 'Advanced Options', The Whole Bible Jesus gave up His innate superpowers for a heart-grown super-faith. Answer: Christian theology is saying that Jesus gave up a temporary earthly life as a god-man to return to his role in heaven, where, as part of the Trinity, he reigns as God. He needed to eat, rest, and sleep. All the attributes of Deity remained with Him but He simply was not aware of them. Jesus was the eternal God who became human. Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of himself, unless it is something he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner (John 5:19). General Epistles Do these texts really necessitate that some attributes of the eternal divine nature of Jesus must have been given up at his incarnation?”, Well I’m glad this question is asked, and I’m glad they quote my old sermon because the first thing I would say is that I would speak today with more precision and care than I did in those sentences. Jesus says, “Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” So, John had already said in John 5:18 that the Jews recognized that Jesus was making himself equal with God. The Gospels General Epistles Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. Thank you for registering. The names of God are often applied to Jesus. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. Scripture speaks of Jesus being filled with the Spirit after His baptism. He Experienced The Limitations Of A Human Being. All that Jesus claimed about his deity … Isa.2:6-9). GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point One of the things Christ emptied himself of was omniscience.’ Later, regarding the attributes of God, you said, ‘They were his potentially, and thus he was God; but he surrendered their use absolutely, and so he was man.’ My question is, how do you now understand Philippians 2:6–8 and Luke 2:52? So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. The New Testament For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin (Hebrews 4:15). GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, (Hebrew/Greek Search by English Definition), * 'Number Delimiters' only apply to 'Paragraph Order', Search verses, phrases, and topics (e.g. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. First He restricted Himself to a human body with all its limitations. Passwords should have at least 6 characters. In the heavenly realms Jesus is all-loved and all-worshipped and all-respected. He’s not empty. The self-humbling of Christ was not against His will. Then, when humans are back under the loving authority of God, nature will be back under humans’ loving authority. Misconception 2: Jesus Set Aside Some Of His Divine Attributes. of Scripture. But not the divine nature. Jesus was always conscious of the fact that He was God. The Bible does teach that there were certain things that Jesus did not know. The Gospels Just by way of conclusion, no book in the Bible exalts the deity of Christ better than the book of Hebrews: “But of the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever’” (Hebrews 1:8). This did not change his nature as being the Son of God. He was always God the Son. He did not set aside any of the attributes that were rightly His. Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. In Psalm 40 we have a prophecy of the Messiah’s willingness to come to be Saviour of sinners. This includes His ability to be all-knowing and all-powerful. As John the Baptist said concerning Jesus, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). (7) But made himself . Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:5, “There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man” — the human — “Christ Jesus.”. His moral attributes, such as love, holiness, truth were not set aside in any sense. The Son of God, the King of Glory, the firstborn of all creation, for whom, by whom, and through whom all things are made, who holds everything together by the word of His power, who was in the beginning, the Chief End of all things, the Divine Purpose of all things; He gave up His glory to come to the corrupted earth as a man. Let me read the verses so that we all have it in front of us. Luke-Acts Pauline Epistles range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Those who say that Jesus ceased being God when He came to earth attempt to make Him into a fallible human being with limitations just like the rest of us. He veiled His glory, and He chose to occupy the position of a slave. He is not half God and half man. So in verse six, you have the preexistent Christ before incarnation in the form of God, which the next phrase defines as equality with God. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point First, He voluntarily accepted the limitations of being a human being. -------------------- Jesus Himself said. On the other hand, there were aspects of his glory which he had laid aside. in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:5, “There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man” — the human — “Christ Jesus.” So, in his divine nature, Christ was fully God. Jesus is the Word who was God and was with God and was made flesh (John 1:1, 14). Major Prophets Historical Books For if he were to ever give up any of his divine attributes, he would cease being God. We’re on a mission to change that. The upshot of it is that Christ is very God and very man. A. Col 2:9: the fullness of deity. Misconception 5: Jesus Set Aside The Use Of His Divine Attributes. Scripture says that Jesus was completely aware of who He was and what He could do. I think omniscience is an essential divine attribute. Jesus is God by nature but became submissive in His office. The Old Testament ( J ) 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. Jesus gave definitive refutations of the bogus charge of violating the Sabbath on more than one occasion (e.g., Matthew 12:1-14; John 7:21-24). The question comes from Matthew in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The passage speaks of Christ "emptying Himself." Wisdom Literature I looked through Desiring God’s resources and found a sermon that you delivered way back in 1981. His life was not taken from Him; He laid it down of Himself. Jesus Is Divine In Substance. To be worshipped is one such right. Then Jesus raised his eyes, and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard me. -------------------- Today we move to a question about what divine attributes were necessary for Christ to lay down in order to take up his humanity. This view contends that Christ set aside certain of His divine attributes (such as being all-knowing, all-powerful and everywhere present) when He came to earth. Therefore, he grew up through the stages of childhood like other humans, yet without sin. Jesus had to veil His glory in order to accomplish His mission on the earth. There are a number of common misconceptions about what Christ emptied Himself of when He became a human being. The question is what did Jesus empty Himself of when He came to earth? John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”. However He voluntarily limited Himself to being a human being. in other words he was still fully deity, divine, but did not use his ability as God unless the Father instructed him … In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. While He was fully God during His time here upon the earth He did not use any of these divine attributes. But some say that Jesus gave up or took on limitations to his powers of deity so as to fully experience being a human. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I think the best clue for how to think about the emptying probably comes from John 17:5. There are some who believe that Jesus did not give up any of His divine attributes while here on earth but rather gave up His divine self-consciousness - He did not know He was God. He gave up His position when He became a human being. Consequently He understands what happens to humans. Jesus, as God, was everywhere present, or omnipresent, but He could only be at one place at a time. Born into a borrowed feed trough in a borrowed stable, he gave up the trappings and furnishings of God. And he placed his right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last (Revelation 1:17). And that’s the mind-set we’re supposed to have as we serve others. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, Neither did Jesus set aside the use of His relative attributes such as being all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. Minor Prophets (John 1:1). Poetical Books That is why the writer of Hebrews calls Him, ‘the source and goal of … -------------------- Wisdom Literature Some argue that the Greek "was God" has no definite article before "God," whereas there is a definite article in "with God." Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. Minor Prophets Jesus did not know who from the crowd touched His clothes. The Old Testament One of the reasons I don’t believe that is what Paul meant is because he says the very opposite in Colossians 2:9. (Matthew 12:28). While Christ didn’t relinquish His divinity, He limited Himself in the full use of the divine attributes He possessed. Misconception 1: Jesus Set Aside His Deity This view holds that Jesus ceased to be God when He came to earth. He is fully divine and fully man. It was not His Deity. A right of Deity would be something that belongs only to God. While He was still all-knowing, all-powerful, and holy, His behavior did not reflect that He still possessed them. Wisdom Literature -------------------- The "glory" is the "glory which He had with the Father before the world was" (John 17:5; comp. -------------------- He said, “For in him” — in Christ — “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.” You even wonder whether he used the word fullness there partially to say, “He didn’t empty himself of that. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" It is not possible that God can deceive people about anything. The following statements from Jesus illustrate this truth. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. In his human nature, he was fully man. This could only be possible if Jesus walked in faith as a human being. Jesus chose not to independently exercise of His relative attributes. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it’” (Matthew 16:24–25, New International Version).It seems like an incredible contradiction, but we will only find life when we quit pursuing it. Pentateuch -------------------- He came to this earth and suffered in human flesh for thirty-three years. -------------------- Minor Prophets The emptying could not have been with regard to His attributes as God, because, by definition, God cannot cease being God. This is described as, He “made Himself nothing” (or “emptied Himself” ESV, HCSB, NET). This position holds that Jesus still retained all of His divine attributes when He was here on earth but that He acted as though He did not possess them. Therefore, he grew up through the stages of childhood like other humans, yet without sin. Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends (John 5:13). Mohammed didn't pay for your sins, because Mohammed wasn't God. Pauline Epistles When He was here upon the earth Jesus was all knowing, or omniscient, yet He did not know the time of His Second Coming. Therefore, in this advent season, let us do exactly what Hebrews 4:16 says: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” We have a great divine and human savior. Jesus willingly gave Himself up to His Father’s will that a people be saved from sin, and He volunteered within the Trinity to give Himself as the one and only Saviour from sin. In addition, Jesus always knew He was God and possessed these divine attributes - He was not ignorant of who He was or what He could do. However He took upon Himself an additional nature - that of a human. Notice the remarkable words our Lord spoke when He died. Poetical Books Johannine Writings The glory of Jesus was hidden from humanity during His time on the earth - although it was revealed at certain times. The Gospels When Jesus became a human being He divested Himself of certain rights as God the Son. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point So they removed the stone. I have finished the work which you have given me to do. And I don’t think I made that distinction clear enough in 1981. Now, I know that sounds weird; that sounds strange. And now, O Father, glorify me together with yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was (John 17:4,5). 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