"For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form" Colossians 2:9 (NASB)
By this we can say that Jesus Christ has two natures. But why is it necessary for Jesus Christ to have two natures?
- Consider this It is necessary that Jesus is human because we need a man, like us, to act as our representative before the Father someone that is righteous and without sin.
"My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;" 1John 2:1.
- We need someone who was able to suffer and die as a sacrifice for our sins. not like in ancient time when lambs, goats and bull covered our sins, only the blood of a sinless can could wash away our sins.
"For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things,can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says,
“Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, But a body You have prepared for Me;
6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no pleasure.
7 “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (In the scroll of the book it is written of Me)
To do Your will, O God.’”
8 After saying above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have not desired, nor have You taken pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the Law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second. 10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:1-10 (NASB)
- It is also necessary that Jesus should be God because no one else but God can save us from sin.
I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me. Isaiah 43:11
Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.. Acts 4:10-12
Proper understanding of the two natures of Jesus Christ is important in both identifying false teaching and cult and also understanding the paradox of scripture.
Consider Luke 2:52 which says Jesus increased in knowledge and wisdom and John 21:17 which says Jesus know all things. These two passages would appear to contradict one another if we did not understand the dual Nature of Jesus Christ. However, if we would read John 1:1-14 which teaches the two natures of Jesus Christ we could see how these to passages are not contradictory toward one another, but paradoxical with one another.
-we can perceived Him as a man who like us prayed to the Father, while at the same time a God worthy to be prayed to;
-we can understand how He is both son of man, and son of God.;
-how He worshiped the Father, and is worthy to be worshiped;
-how He grew in wisdom, yet knows all things;
-how He died on the cross, yet He gives eternal life;
-how He was but flesh and bones, yet in Him dwells the fullness of the deity.
This is the beauty of the paradox of the two natures of Jesus Christ.
Many Christians speak of Jesus Christ only in His divinity. This is done so they will not have to live up to a greater standard for their own lives. But to see Jesus as only divine is to fail to fully understand the magnitude of His sacrifice. Make no mistake Jesus Christ is completely a man. Scripture tells us that when he was tired of traveling, he rested by a well (John 4:6) or fell asleep in a boat (Matt 8:24). He experienced hunger and thirst just like all men. At Lazarus’s grave, He wept.(John 11:36) In the garden of Gethsemane, he confessed to his friends, ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.’ He felt the sufferings of his passion, and, as the climax of his mission, Jesus died on a Roman cross. Jesus ‘in all things He had to be made like His brethren’ (Heb 2:17); in brief, he is even now, ‘the man Christ Jesus’ .
Just as some cults teach that Jesus is only divine there is some recent teaching that He is only man. Yet the bible is very clear on the divinity of Jesus Christ. The bible teaches that the Son is eternal; He was with the Father before the creation (John 17:5). The prophet Micah proclaimed that He is ‘from everlasting’ (Micah 5:2) and the apostle says that he is ‘eternal life’ (1 John 1:2). “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End ... who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’ (Rev 1:8).
Jesus knows all things (Acts 1:24; John 16:30).
The Lord Jesus is omnipresent and thus could promise his disciples that he will be with them even though physically he ascended back into heaven: (Matt 28:20; Matt 18:20).
Just Like The Father Jesus never changes (Heb 13:8).
It is this knowledge of who Jesus is, both God and man that set Christianity apart from all the false teaching of Him. What we must know as Christians is it make no difference how good a person may be unless they see Christ and God and man; prophet and savior, lord over their lives they can not be saved.