Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ was the Mighty God in the flesh of a true human being and was unlike any individual who has ever lived. He was simultaneously God and man, divine and human. God desires for the man and woman on the street to believe that He is absolutely One. The Old Testament proclaims, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD” (Deut 6:4). The New Testament says, “God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim 3:16). Furthermore, the Bible declares, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Col 2:9). When the teachings of the Old Testament and the teachings of the New Testament are combined, one will discover that there is only one God, and Jesus Christ is that one God manifest in the human flesh. I will argue that Jesus Christ was God in flesh, was truly a human being, and was truly God who performed miracles.
The Incarnation is one of the most pivotal and profound events in world history. It was God’s own plan, idea, and desire to completely combine His Spirit with all aspects of a human body. In other words, to completely infuse Himself and be thoroughly enmeshed within a living, human body. How exactly did God manifest in the flesh? The Spirit of God conceived a human body in the womb of Mary. Dr. David Norris powerfully states, “When the Spirit overshadowed Mary, something significant took place with regard to God’s dwelling place.” He further says, “At that moment, God took up new residence. Although the Incarnation stretches our limits to conceive of it, in actuality, God’s dwelling place was now in that tiny embryo…the One who ruled the cosmos lived in a fetus.” Deity (God) manifested within the baby born revealing His name at Bethlehem (Matt 1:18–25; Luke 1–2). The Old Testament prophet Isaiah said that the Son (physical and biological) is “the mighty God, the everlasting Father” (Isa 9:6). God Himself became one of us.
Jesus was 100% human flesh as all other humans. He was a genuine human being experiencing a range of characteristics pertaining to humans physically, mentally, and emotionally except without sin (Heb 4:15). For instance, He experienced sorrow and heaviness (Matt 26:37). Jesus knew what it was to feel hunger as well as thirst (Mark 11:12; John 19:28). He also knew what it was to be tired (John 4:6). He felt pain and suffering (Matt 26:67; 27:26–31). Additionally, Jesus knew what it was to be tempted (Matt 4:1–3). Jesus experienced human limitations because, at times, He traveled by foot (Luke 8:45–47). Since Jesus was both truly divine and truly human, we must be cautious about labeling Him as a schizophrenic when it comes to the concept of two competing minds or wills. Norris aptly states, “God was in every cell of Jesus’ body, in every internal organ, and in every part of Jesus’ inner workings.” Simply put, in being truly human, Jesus needed to perfectly submit to the Spirit of God that was in Him for the salvation of mankind.
Lastly, because Jesus was God in flesh, He performed miracles which demonstrated His deity and power; for all power belongs to Him (Matt 28:18). For instance, Jesus supernaturally calmed the stormy Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35–41). He supernaturally delivered a man from demons and unclean spirits (Mark 5:1–20). His greatest miracle is when he arose from the grave, resurrecting His own body. He was executed on a cross at Calvary; however, Jesus came back to life again and is alive for evermore (Rev 1:18).
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I AM: A Oneness Pentecostal Theology by Dr. David S. Norris