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    "If Jesus was God living in heaven and then was born as a person on earth, He did not remain in heaven as God during His time on earth, did He?" a student asked her teacher.

    "What type of work does your father do?" her teacher asked.

    "He's a policeman," she answered, quite surprised at the question.

    "When your father leaves his home and is working as a policeman, is he no longer father of your home?" her teacher asked. "Of course he remains your father at home. So Jesus remained God in heaven. God is everywhere in His divine nature, even when taking upon Himself a human nature on earth."

    While this illustration is helpful to picture Jesus as being both and not one or the other, why is it much more difficult to comprehend Jesus' two natures in one Person than a father holding two different positions as one person?

    "Pictures of Jesus Christ are forbidden by the second commandment," Sandra stated.

    "They are not," Mike retorted. "We have all kinds of books and Bibles with pictures of Jesus. Pictures of Jesus do not picture Him as God, but only as human."

    After discussing this question for some time, they brought it to their father.

    "Well," their father said, "the two natures of Christ may never be separated or divided. They are inseparably joined in one Person - Jesus Christ. Jesus cannot be thought of or pictured as only human - He is both."

    "Some people reverence or idolize pictures of Jesus," their father continued, "and even if Jesus' human nature could be separated from His divine, this would still be wrong, for we may not worship and adore Jesus as human, but as a divine Person."

    How is the question of whether pictures of Jesus are permissible or not, related to the doctrine of His natures?

Is it right to have pictures of Jesus and not to consider them as special? Why would any picture of Jesus need to be special? Is it right to have any picture or likeness of God?


Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me;

And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.

- Exodus 20:4-6

God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

- John 4:24


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