Christ as a Man:
Christ as a man. The Old and New Testament is technically just one book talking and having one objective which is man’s salvation. Though dispense at a time unique to their purpose of establishment. This shows that from Genesis to Revelation, the discussion is all about how the Man Christ will come suffer, died and enter His into glory. Therefore, through the suffering, death and glorification of the Christ comes the salvation of man. This shows that the Christ will come and identify with man. The Christ will be a Man, in being a Man, He should undergo through the things man undergoes in flesh.
This is logical in the sense that for Him to save man He should not come as God. Note that the wrong choice was made by man. Therefore, it requires that to right the wrong a Man should come and make it right. It will be a total partiality and against the legal standing of this case of salvation if God should come as God to deliver man from the power of sin and death. In order to set man free, God has to put off all His glorious splendors and powers. See Job 9:33, Psalms 2:7, 110:1, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6 – 7, 11:1 – 5, Luke 1:30 -33, John 1:1 – 2, 14.
God coming in the nature of man does not imply that He should be a kind of superman. That is in the manifestation and demonstration of His prowess in all ramifications. It implies that He should be a man down to earth.
Christ Must Have Total Identification With Man:
This means a total identification with man and his nature is required. That was why he was conceived in the womb of a sinner, born as a baby; suck the breast of a sinner. He also learned how to talk and walk, grew up in stature, acquired wisdom and learns obedience. See Luke 2:11 – 49.
The Christ must be separated from God, as man has been separated from God. He must be made sin as man and live under the natural course and laws. The intensity of what it takes to abode below the sun and this physical realm should not elude Him. That was why it was possible for Him to fell asleep, felt the impact of hunger, got tired, wept etc. As God there is no way He should be asleep or hungry and cannot be weary for anything.
These are impossible with God. See Psalm 121:4. To qualify as the Christ He must be tempted, and of course God cannot be tempted or be involved in tempting anyone. See Luke 4: 2 – 13, Hebrews 2:18, 4:15, James 1:13. The Christ must die (spirit, soul and body as a man dies). And of course God cannot die; this indicates that the Christ must be a man to die.
For the Christ to enter His glory, He must die as a Man and not as God see Matthew 27:46. Also He must be buried and go through hell as Man, and resurrected as a Man, not as God. This process required no help or interference from God. Or else Satan will still have a case against man because it was man that lost it to Satan.
Man Should Retrieve The Lost Glory:
Therefore Man should be the one to collect the right and power from Satan. See Genesis 1:26, Luke 4:6, Matthew 28:18. The Man Christ has to pray and study the Scriptures to learn the prophecies that concerning Him. He should infuse them into Himself for proper interpretation of those prophecies. See Mark 1:35, Luke 4: 16 – 20, for sure God don’t need to read or pray but as Man, He should.
Being cognizant of what the Scriptures have said concerning Him, he went through them and interpreted them even unto death. He knew that the Scripture stipulates that He will not see corruption even if He dies. See Psalm 16:10, 49:7 – 9, Acts 2:27, 31, 13:34. The affirmation of these words of prophecies from Scripture raised Him from the dead; at the end He was glorified. Here is the identification with man, as He was resurrected from the dead so every believer is resurrected from the dead (world sin) and became alive by the word of God. There is no way anybody can access salvation if not by the word of God. See Romans 1:15 – 18.
The hallmark of this life is that one is able to obtain eternal life. Eternal life is the crown of life. Eternal life is the plan of God for all men. He desired that all men should be saved and truly come to the knowledge of the truth that He loves them. See 1Timothy 2:3 – 4. It is important to state that the death of The Christ should not to be seen as martyr of someone who did nothing and has to suffer for others.
The Death Of Christ Is A Requirement:
No! The death of the Christ is the requirement to meet the justice for the total emancipation of man from deadness. Therefore, Jesus didn’t die a good man’s death, but He died to take away sin from the world. He died to meet the legal standing as regards to what it takes to undo the existence of sin. See 1 Timothy 1:15 – 17.
This implies that no one who contributed to His death should be held responsible for it. This is because whatever that happened to Him was the fulfillment of the Scriptures so that mankind should be liberated from sin and eternal death. So, all those who played one role or the other in His death did that for their own good. That is if they understood the meaning of what His death represented. If Judas had stayed till the resurrection day and had seen Christ, He would have accepted him as He did accept Thomas and Peter. See John 11:49 – 52, 20:26 – 28
Therefore, the death of Christ is the demonstration of God’s Grace. The Grace of God is that outstanding ways of God in bypassing legitimate and legal standing orders and offering solution to any mess man has done to himself. The Grace of God is the demonstration of God’s love in a way it surpasses all knowledge. It is that indescribable step that God takes to rescue man from condemnation. Come to think of it, is unfathomable how a holy God will decide to make Himself sin in order to save His own creatures from His own wrath. See 1Timothy 3:16.
The Grace Of On Display:
To the man out there it is unimaginable. It looks like some cock and bull stories and to some doubters it looks unrealistic because it appears very cheap. But to those of us who are insiders it’s real, we understand what the Love of God stands for. And as a result we are not bewildered. See 1 Corinthians 2:13 -14. Encapsulated in this Love of God is that unprecedented gesture God made in saving sinners while they are still walloping in their sins. See Romans 5:7 – 8.
The Grace of God is that we should be saved not because we did something better to merit our salvation. But He understood our vulnerability and bankruptcy and as a result extended His hand of grace. This grace is free, I mean without cost. So that no man can boast and say I was capable that is why God saved me! This is purely the gift of God and not a reward at all. See Romans 5:14 – 21.
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