|Questions & Answers
IS JESUS BOTH HUMAN & DIVINE?
QUESTION: Jesus is fully human and fully divine. Please comment on this statement.
What do you believe? How can He be both at the same time?
ANSWER: The authoritative statement of Christian faith, its canon, is the New Testament. It
plainly states the full humanity and full divinity of Jesus of Nazareth.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was
in the beginning with God...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld
His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." [John 1:1,2,14]
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did
not consider it something to be held to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation,
taking the form of a bondservant, 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 the death,
even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the
name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those
in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." [Colossians 2:5-11]
The evidence presented within the fully inspired writings of the New Testament [2 Timothy
3:16,17; 1 Corinthians 14:37], sufficiently shows Jesus was both divine and human. "That
which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life -- the
life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life
which was with the Father and was manifested to us -- that which we have seen and heard
we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with
the Father and His Son Jesus Christ." [John 1:1-3] "And truly Jesus did many other signs in
the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you
may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may life in His
name." [John 20:30,31]
It is a matter of accepting testimony: the testimony of God, and of those who knew Jesus best.
That is the basis of history: the acceptance of credible testimony. That is the basis of faith:
the acceptance of credible testimony, the testimony of the scriptures. "Faith comes by
hearing, and hearing by the word of God." [Romans 10:17]
How can Jesus be both fully human and fully divine at the same time? All of us bear the
characteristics of our parents. Jesus' Father was God, and his mother was human. [see
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-56; 2:1-20; Matthew 16:13-20; John 6:66-69; etc.] The testimony
"And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to
build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified." [Acts 20:32]