"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
BEHOLD YOUR GOD -
See Him In His Human Nature quotes
1) The greatest authority available to discover what is truth is God's inspired word. It is the final and absolute authority as to what is truth or error in any theological issue or doctrinal discussion.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
To discover what is truth, we cannot allow anyone else to study for us.
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12.
2) God has a simple test to apply to any doctrine:
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20.
“...I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Revelation 19:10.
These inspired passages reveal that it is by “the law” – or the word of God, and by “the testimony” of Jesus – or the Spirit of Prophecy that we are to test every doctrine to determine if it is truth or not. If either the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy disagrees with that doctrine, then there is no light of truth in it!
3) What does God's inspired word declare about the nature Christ had when He became human?
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15.
Christ was this “seed” of the woman who was to bruise Satan's head (see Galatians 3:16), meaning that He would be superior to, and a conqueror over, the devil. While Satan was to only bruise Christ's heel, meaning that he would cause Christ severe trials and internal pain – which ultimately would lead to the crucifixion, but he would not be superior to Christ and thus would not conquer over Him.
Genesis 3:15 is the message of salvation given to Adam and Eve only after sin had already come into the world. This verse was prophesying that Christ was to be born of a woman after the fall, not before the fall. This reveals that Christ could not have taken upon Himself the unfallen nature of man, or the unfallen nature of angels and other sinless beings, or even a combination of both, because He was born after the fall had occurred and thus could only have taken that fallen nature of man.
“For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.” Hebrews 2:16.
“...he (God) raised up upon them (Israel) David to be their king...Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:” Acts 13:22-23.
“Remember that Jesus Christ [is] of the seed of David...” 2 Timothy 2:8.
These Scriptural passages reveal that Christ was born a human from the seed or linage of Abraham, David, and a virgin woman named Mary. Abraham, David, and Mary all possessed a fallen human nature, and thus Christ could have only been born with the fallen human nature He inherited from them.
4) What does the Spirit of Prophecy declare about Christ's human nature?
“He took on Himself, not the nature of angels, but the nature of man...” Testimonies, vol 8, p 207.
“...(Christ) taking man's nature in its fallen condition...” Selected Messages, book 1, p 256.
“Christ, the spotless Son of God, honored humanity by taking upon himself fallen human nature.” Review and Herald, September 29, 1896 (vol 3, p 397).
“...the divine Son of God, who had, with unprecedented self-denial, and love for the creatures formed in His image, come from heaven and assumed their fallen nature...” SDA Bible Commentary, vol 5, p 1150.
5) Was it an honor for Christ to take upon Himself our fallen nature?
“Notwithstanding that the sins of a guilty world were laid upon Christ, notwithstanding the humiliation of taking upon Himself our fallen nature, the voice from heaven declared Him to be the Son of the Eternal.” Desire of Ages, p 112.
6) Some believe the words “fallen nature” refer only to the physical form of man after sin, but not the real inward nature of man which fell after sin. But what does God state about this belief?
“It was in the order of God that Christ should take upon himself the form and nature of fallen man...” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 2, p 39.
This reveals that Christ not only took the outward physical form of fallen man, but He also took the inward nature of man after the fall - the same nature we all possess!
7) Others believe the fallen human nature which Christ took was somehow supernaturally shielded or protected from being contaminated or defiled with man’s sinful nature when He was born of Mary. But does God's inspired word agree?
“He (Christ) took upon Him our sinful nature.” Review and Herald, December 15, 1896 (vol 3, p 421).
“He took upon Himself fallen suffering human nature, degraded and defiled by sin.” SDA Bible Commentary, vol 4, p 1147.
“Christ did in reality unite the offending nature of man with His own sinless nature...” Review and Herald, July 17, 1900 (vol 4, p 201).
“Though He had no taint of sin upon His character, yet He condescended to connect our fallen human nature with His divinity. By thus taking humanity, He honored humanity. Having taken our fallen nature, he showed what it might become...” Selected Messages, book 3, p 134.
These inspired words clearly reveal that Christ took upon Himself our fallen nature, degraded and defiled by sin, which is just like the fallen, sinful human nature that you and I possess.
“The human nature of Christ was like unto ours...” Signs of the Times, December 9, 1897 (vol 3, p 436).
“His (Christ’s) human nature was created; it did not even possess the angelic powers. It was human, identical with our own.” Selected Messages, book 3, p 129.
“Jesus assumed humanity...making all feel that His identification with their nature and interest is complete.” 1895 General Conference Bulletin, p 338.
“The majesty of heaven held not Himself aloof from degraded, sinful humanity.” Testimonies, vol 5, p 346.
“He humbled Himself that He might meet fallen men where they were...” Review and Herald, July 21, 1891 (vol 2, p 506).