"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
BEHOLD YOUR GOD, part 5 -
See The Completeness Of His Humanity quotes
1) Does inspiration reveal that Jesus Christ had hereditary tendencies to sin that were passed on to His humanity from His ancestors?
“It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man’s nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam, He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthy ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.” Desire of Ages, p 49.
God’s inspired word declares that Christ really had the hereditary tendencies to sin that were passed on to His humanity from human ancestors.
2) Does inspiration reveal that Christ had inherent infirmities when faced with temptation?
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities...” Hebrews 4:15.
“We are compassed with the infirmities of humanity. So also was Christ. That He might by His own example condemn sin in the flesh, He took upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh.” Manuscript Releases, vol 17, p 28.
“Christ took upon Him the infirmities of degenerate humanity. Only thus could He rescue man from the lowest depths of his degradation.” Desire of Ages, p. 117.
God’s inspired word declares that Christ really had inherent infirmities when faced with temptation.
3) Does inspiration reveal that Christ had human weaknesses when faced with temptation?
“...into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life’s peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.” Desire of Ages, p 49.
“He knows by experience what are the weaknesses of humanity...” Signs of the Times, October 7, 1897 (vol 3, p 421) (see also Bible Echo, February 24, 1896; Signs of the Times, September 30, 1889 (vol 2, p 235); Review and Herald, January 28, 1909 (vol 5, p 491); April 4, 1875 (vol 1, p 161-162).
God’s inspired word plainly declares that Christ really had human weaknesses when faced with temptation.
All these passages of divine truth reveals that our Saviour really knows by His own personal experience the inherent infirmities and weaknesses of human flesh when faced with temptation – just like we do!
“He knows the weaknesses and the infirmities of the flesh.” Signs of the Times, June 14, 1905 (vol 4, p 388).
“Our Redeemer perfectly understood the wants of humanity. He who condescended to take upon Himself man’s nature was acquainted with man’s weakness....Christ took upon Himself our infirmities, and in the weakness of humanity He needed to seek strength from the Father.” Review and Herald, October 11, 1881 (vol 1, p 289) (see also Signs of the Times, January 15, 1885 (vol 1, p 480); December 3, 1902 (vol 4, p 271).
4) Does inspiration reveal that Christ had natural, inward inclinations, passions and desires when faced with temptation?
“Temptation, however strong, is never an excuse for sin....Cry unto the Lord, tempted soul. Cast yourself, helpless, unworthy, upon Jesus, and claim His every 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.” Testimonies, vol 5, p 177.
“Though He had all the strength of passion of humanity, never did he yield to do one single act which was not pure and elevating and ennobling.” In Heavenly Places, p 155.
God's inspired word declared that our Lord and Saviour had all the strength of passion of humanity, and therefore He knows how strong are these downward inclinations of the natural heart. Because our Saviour knows these, then He can and will help us in every time of temptation!
5) Does inspiration reveal that our Saviour was afflicted both internally as well as externally with all the afflictions of humanity?
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted....He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter” Isaiah 53:4, 7.
“In all the afflictions of humanity, He was afflicted.” Manuscript Releases, vol 17, p 27.
6) Did our Saviour really feel the strength of temptation from within when tempted?
“...(Christ) was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15.
“In behalf of the race, with the weaknesses of fallen man upon Him, He was to stand the temptations of Satan upon all points wherewith man would be assailed.” Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 449.
“In His humanity He understood all the temptations that will come to man.” Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 925.
“He endured every test that man will ever be called upon to endure. He met all the temptations which man will meet in his life experience.” Manuscript Releases, vol 21, p 402.
“He took human nature. He became flesh even as we are....Every temptation that could be brought against fallen humanity, He met and overcame....Had He not been fully human, He could not have been our substitute.” Bible Echo, August 2, 1897.
These inspired passages reveal that Christ was in all points tempted just like you and I are tempted, yet He chose not to give in to these natural inner urges to commit sin. Otherwise He could not really be our Substitute, and we would be lost!
7) “...(Christ) clothed His divinity with humanity, that He might take on Himself the weakness of human nature....He was to suffer being tempted in all points upon which fallen men are tempted, that by His own experience He might become acquainted with the temptation of humanity, and know how to succor those who are severely tempted.” Manuscript Releases, vol 17, p 29-30.
“Alone He must tread the path; alone He must bear the burden. Upon Him who had laid off His glory and accepted the weakness of humanity the redemption of the world must rest. He saw and felt it all, but His purpose remained steadfast. Upon His arm depended the salvation of the fallen race, and He reached out His hand to grasp the hand of Omnipotent Love.” Desire of Ages, p 111.
These inspired passages reveal that our Saviour knows by His own personal experience all that we are going through when we are being tempted. Because He knows, then He also knows from experience exactly how to deliver us from all temptations.
8) “Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” Hebrews 2:17.
“Jesus clothed His divinity with humanity that He might have an experience in all that pertains to human life.” Review and Herald, December 24, 1889 (vol 2, p 351).
“Christ became one with the human family....Thus He assured them of His complete identification with humanity.” Youth's Instructor, March 19, 1903 (p 564).
“As God He could not be tempted: but as a man He could be tempted, and that strongly, and could yield to the temptations. His human nature must pass through the same test and trial Adam and Eve passed through. His 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.
9) Does inspiration reveal that was Christ’s humanity was perfectly identical with our own?
“As God, Christ could not be tempted any more than He was not tempted from His allegiance in heaven. But as Christ humbled Himself to our nature, He could be tempted. He had not taken on Him even the nature of the angels, but humanity, perfectly identical with our own nature, except without the taint of sin.” Christ Triumphant, p 208.
We have chosen to sin, but Christ never did and remained sinless in a fallen nature and sinful flesh. But His identification with fallen and sinful humanity was never-the-less perfectly identical and fully complete.
“It should be to us a cause of continual gratitude and rejoicing that Jesus knows our weakness and is acquainted with our temptations. We are too much in the habit of thinking that the Son of God was a being so entirely exalted above us that it is an impossibility for him to enter into our trials and temptations, and that he can have no sympathy with us in our weakness and frailties. This is because we do not take in the fact of his oneness with humanity. He took upon him the likeness of sinful flesh, and was made in all points like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God. He has engaged himself to save every son and daughter of Adam who will consent to be saved in God's appointed way.” Signs of the Times, May 16, 1895 (vol 3, p 207).
There was not a single principle of humanity in which Christ was different from us in regards to the fallen, sinful nature and sinful flesh.
“Christ declared...No single principle of human nature will I violate.” Manuscript Releases, vol 5, p 114.
“Before beginning His public ministry, Christ submitted to the fierce assaults of the enemy, knowing that without conflict there could be no victory. He condescended to engage in the contest under any circumstances that the foe might require.
“In all things He was made ‘like unto His brethren.’ He was ‘in all points tempted like as we are.’ ‘In that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succor them that are tempted.’” Signs of the Times, December 3, 1902 (vol 4, p 271).
10) "Thus saith the Lord" and "It is written":
“But Christ was unmoved. He felt the strength of this temptation; but He met it in our behalf, and conquered.” Selected Messages, book 1, p 255.
“He has taken our nature upon him, and has himself felt the force of our temptations.” Bible Echo, January 15, 1889 par 9.
“Christ was suffering as the members of the human family suffer under temptation...” Selected Messages, book 3, p 129.
“For our sake He exercised a self-control stronger than hunger or death.” Desire of Ages, p 117.
“[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.
“The Lord will hear. He knows how strong are the inclinations of the natural heart, and He will help in every time of temptation.” Testimonies, vol 5, p 177.