"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
BEHOLD YOUR GOD, part 4 -
See Him In Sinful Human Flesh quotes
1) “[Christ was] touched with the feelings of our infirmities...[and] was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15.
And exactly how are fallen human beings living in sinful flesh tempted?
"The Christian is to realize that he is not his own, but that he has been bought with a price. His strongest temptations will come from within; for he must battle against the inclinations of the natural heart." Bible Echo, December 1, 1892 par 4.
This inspired passage revealed that our strongest temptations will come from within because of the inclinations of the natural heart. Since Christ was tempted in all points like as we are, then He must have also experienced and endured these same inward inclinations!
2) Does inspiration plainly declare that Christ has experienced these same strong inward inclinations of the natural human heart?
"By faith and prayer all may meet the requirements of the gospel. No man can be forced to transgress. His own consent must be first gained; the soul must purpose the sinful act, before passion can dominate over reason, or iniquity triumph over conscience. Temptation, however strong, is never an excuse for sin. 'The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers.' Cry unto the Lord, tempted soul. Cast yourself, helpless, unworthy, upon Jesus, and claim this very promise. The Lord will hear. He knows how strong are the inclinations of the natural heart, and He will help in every time of temptation." Signs of the Times, February 8, 1883 par 13 (Testimonies, vol 5, page 177).
This inspired passage revealed that Christ Himself knows from personal experience just how strong these natural inclinations are when tempted to sin!
3) “It is impossible to take in the depth and the force of these temptations (to Christ) unless the Lord shall bring man where He can open these scenes before him by a revelation of the matter, and then it can only be but partially comprehended. Satan's assaults were prepared for the circumstances in accordance with the exalted character with which he had to deal. If he [could] gain the victory in the first temptation, he would secure Him on all the rest. Satan had never aimed his darts at so strong a mark....
“Christ took our nature, fallen but not corrupted, and would not be corrupted unless He received the words of Satan in the place of the words of God. To suppose He was not capable of yielding to temptation places Him where He cannot be a perfect example for man, and the force and the power of this part of Christ's humiliation, which is the most eventful, is no instruction or help to human beings.
“But the facts of this history are not fable, but a living, acting, experience. [To deny this] would rob Jesus of His greatest glory--allegiance to God--which enshrouded Him as a garment in this world on the field of battle with the relentless foe, and He is not reckoned with the transgressor. He descended in His humiliation to be tempted as man would be tempted, and His nature was that of man, capable of yielding to temptation.” Manuscript Releases, vol 16, p 181-183.
This inspired passage reveals that the belief of Christ feeling the force and strength of these inward natural tendencies and inclinations towards sin that originated from the fallen nature and sinful flesh He took upon Himself, is not a fable, or error, or heresy as some believe. This is because “Jesus knows all about the strength of temptation” (Manuscript Releases, vol 8, p 66), and thus it is an absolute truth founded upon the inspired word of God Himself. Woe be unto those who continue to deny this truth, because in doing so they are robbing Jesus of His greatest glory – allegiance to God while living in the fallen nature and sinful flesh of humanity!
4) What consequences did taking upon Himself sinful human flesh then living in it bring to Jesus?
"...Jesus was treated as a sinner when he assumed the likeness of sinful flesh..." Signs of the Times, August 8, 1892 (vol 2, p 504).
Jesus became one of His own creation in its fallen condition, and thus was treated as a sinner even though He never sinned! Realize what a humiliation this was, as well as an immense love!
"He humbled himself to pass through man's experiences, and he would not turn aside from the plan by which salvation could come to man. Knowing all the steps in the path of his humiliation, he refused not to descend step by step to the depths of man's woe, that he might make expiation for the sins of the condemned, perishing world. What humility was this! It amazed the angels. Tongue can never describe it. Pen can never portray it. The imagination cannot take it in. Sinless and exalted by nature, the Son of God consented to take the habiliments of humanity, to become one with the fallen race. The eternal Word consented to be made flesh. God became man." Signs of the Times, February 20, 1893 (vol 3, p 24).
Jesus Christ became one of His own creation so that He could “fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.” The Desire of Ages, p 49.
5) Our Lord God Jesus Christ was willing to be made “a worm” in order to speak our language, feel what we feel and are going through, and reach us on our low level in order to show us by example how to turn around and be saved from destruction (see Psalms 22:6)! He was willing to go however far it was necessary to provide us with salvation. What infinite love!
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” Romans 5:6-11.