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And the Word was made 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 1:14

And without controversy great is the mystery o f godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

- I Timothy 3:16

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law.

- Galatians 4:4

But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.

- Philippians 2:7

 

  • Finite - Limited
    • Years ago, the Queen of Engjand liked to take walks near her castle in Scotland. She liked to dress as an ordinary woman and walk alone - with a servant following some distance behind her.

      One day, when the queen was walking alone with her servant trailing her, she came upon a flock of sheep herded by a shepherd boy. The boy shouted, "Get out of the way!"

      The queen smiled and stepped to one side until the sheep had passed. Then she continued on her way. In a few moments her servant came along. He told the shepherd boy that the queen had just passed.

      "Oh," said the shocked boy, "I did not know that she was the queen. She did not look like a queen to me!"

      When dressed as an ordinary woman, did the queen cease to be queen?

      The Lord Jesus' divinity was often hidden behind His humanity. How does Isaiah 53:2 speak of this truth when it states, "He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him"?

    Jesus Christ has two natures, but He is not two separate persons. He is one Person with both a divine and human nature. The one divine Person assumed a human nature and now has both natures. He is one, single, individual Person, but He possesses all the essential qualities of both the divine and human natures.

    The two natures of Christ are distinct from one another - the divine nature stayed divine and the human remained human; and yet, Christ is one Person, not two. This fact cannot be fully comprehended nor explained by man. The doctrine of Christ's natures, two distinct natures and yet one Person, is similar in mystery to that of the Trinity - three distinct Persons and yet one God. Neither can this mystery be fully understood by finite man.

    The following five mistaken understandings and false teachings have taken place in church history regarding this doctrine of Christ's natures:


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