The Man/God Dilemma
Author: Mike Schroeder
Posted By: Rick Billings
On: May 30, 2015
Our human ability to comprehend God who is Spirit is otherly. What we know about God or about Jesus is found in Scripture. It becomes an intellectual pursuit that is also otherly, meaning God intellect/revelation. Our own human limitations cause difficulties when it comes to Jesus and God.
How could Jesus not know when the Second Coming would be (Mk. 13:32) if He was God? How could God, the Father, be greater than Jesus if Jesus was “equal with God” (Jn. 14:28; 5:18; Phil. 2;6)? How does John claim Jesus is Deity in the flesh (Jn. 1:1-5, 14; 20:28)? How does Jesus claim a Deity with the Father (Jn. 10:30, 33)?
One answer to part of this dilemma is found in Philippians 2:6-8. When Jesus became flesh he voluntarily subjected Himself to the Father. He made Himself nothing (emptied Himself), 2:7. In the form of man, Jesus assumed a position of complete subjection to the Father, and exercised His divine attributes only at God’s invitation (Jn. 8:26, 28-29).
We forget that when Jesus came to earth He added humanity to His divinity, not the other way around. He was made in the likeness of men (Phil. 2:7). Therefore, he became subject to hunger, thirst, weariness, and pain. For the first time in eternity, He “increased in wisdom” as a child (Lk. 2:52). The Hebrew writer, speaking of becoming our High Priest, mentions that He suffered, being tempted, and therefore is able to aid us who are tempted (2:17-18). Yet James says “God cannot be tempted by evil” (1:13).
Dilemma? Yes! But not by God’s revelation, but by our own human intellect. Ours is to take God at His Word and not by our reasoning! Faith!