Class Notes: 12/28/2011
The Son of God had to take on perfect humanity to fulfill his destiny
In our study of the great power experiments we concluded last time with the idea that the perfect man, Jesus Christ in His humanity, became a servant. Eternal God became a servant so that we could have eternal life and understand why it all happened.
He who is the servant of all is the greatest of all. Our Lord Jesus Christ became the servant of all, and so He is the greatest of all. In order to make this possible he was born into a new power system that we are calling the prototype divine dynasphere or the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
John 3:34; implies that Jesus Christ was born into this prototype divine dynasphere because he was born filled with the Holy Spirit. "For He (God the Son) whom God (the Father) has sent communicates the doctrines of God, for He (God the Father) does not give the Spirit by measure." see Net note 67
From this we know that Jesus Christ during the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union spoke from His humanity. Inside the prototype divine dynasphere, our Lord advanced through all three stages of spiritual adulthood and passed evidence testing before His ministry began. He communicated from His humanity. He spoke man's words in man's language from the wisdom of His own human soul.
He did this in the power of the Holy Spirit, a necessary part of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union. From the very start, our Lord relied upon the omnipotence of God the Father who sent Him and upon the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit who sustained Him, and by doing so He established the pattern for the great power experiment of the Church Age.
Church Age believers have the same availability of the omnipotence of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit inside the operational divine dynasphere or the great power experiment of the Church Age.
The union of divine essence and the human nature of Jesus Christ in one person forever has two characteristics.
It is hypostatic. Hypostatic is a word derived from the Greek Hupostasis meaning to stand under as a support, to take a thing on oneself, substance, essence, coming into existence, actual being.
It was used originally by Polybius to describe a reality that was behind what was visible or seen.
The Greek word "Hupostasis" is used in Heb 1:3; where it is translated "nature" in the NASB; Heb 3:14, where it is translated "assurance" in the NASB and Heb 11:1; where it is also translated "assurance".
Heb 1:3, "Who (Jesus Christ) being the flashing forth of His glory (of deity), the exact image of His essence (divine essence); also sustaining all things by the Word of His power (omnipotence of Jesus Christ sustains universe), having Himself (humanity of Christ) accomplished purification for sins, He was caused to sit down (humanity of Christ) on the right hand of the Majesty on High."
So hypostatic is a technical, theological term referring to the whole person of Jesus Christ as distinguished from His divine and human natures.
That It is personal is a reference to the emergence of the unique person of Jesus Christ as a result of the virgin birth and the Hypostatic Union.
Therefore, "undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever, the union being personal and eternal" is the exactly correct wording. As true humanity, Jesus Christ is perfect or impeccable.
In Hebrews chapters 1 and 2 He is described as being superior to all creatures since His resurrection.
Therefore, Jesus Christ as the God-man has one hypostatic and/or one essence forever. The attributes of both His divine and human nature belong to the same person.
He is no less deity because He is humanity and He is no less humanity because He is deity. The characteristics of deity always adhere to deity and the characteristics of humanity always adhere to true humanity. The characteristics of one nature are never attributed to the other.
This explains how Jesus Christ during the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union could be simultaneously omnipotent and weak, omniscient and ignorant, omnipresent and located in one place.
However, the ignorance of His humanity was quickly overcome through His through His metabolization of doctrine inside the prototype divine dynasphere under the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit, Luke 2:52;
Everything spoken by Jesus Christ during the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union came from one of three sources.
He spoke from His deity in John 8:58; "Jesus said to them, `Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham came into being, I existed eternally.'"
On the cross our Lord spoke from His humanity. John 19:28; "I thirst." Matt 27:46; "And about the ninth hour (3 p.m.), Jesus shouted with a loud voice, `My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?'"
Only His humanity was being judged for the sins of the world, so only His humanity was being forsaken. Deity cannot forsake deity.
He spoke from His Hypostatic Union. Matt 11:28; "Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." John 14:6; "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father except by Me." John 6:47; "Truly, truly, I say to you: he who believes in Me has eternal life."
We see from this that it was necessary for Deity to take on humanity in order to accomplish his mission.
Heb 10:5;"Therefore, when He entered the world (our Lord in the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union), He said quoting Psa 40:6-8; `You (God the Father) do not desire sacrifice and offering, but You have prepared for Me a human body.'"
Deity is omnipresent. Therefore, only humanity can "enter" anywhere, so this verse refers to the virgin birth, the beginning of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
Sacrifice and offering was the Old Testament anticipation of the cross from which came the victory of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union. Animal sacrifices had no efficacy and could not save; they could only depict what Jesus Christ would do in His substitutionary spiritual death.
For the first time in history, the most unique thing happened, one person of the Godhead, God the Son, became true humanity.
Why did Jesus Christ, eternal and infinite God, need a human body? There are four reasons why He had to become true humanity.
To be the Savior of the world.
As God, Jesus Christ could not be judged for sin or have anything to do with it. Only the humanity of Christ could be judged for sins on the cross. Eph 2:15; Col 1:22; 1Pet 2:24;"He carried our sins in His own body on the cross." 1Pet 3:18; Phil 2:7-8; Heb 10:5.
In order to do this Jesus Christ had to become true humanity, as Adam was created, perfect and trichotomous.
To be our mediator.
Job 9:2; "How can two be drawn together unless they are equivalent?" Job 9:32-33; 1Tim 2:5-6;The mediator between God and man must be equal with both God and man. In all of the universe, only Jesus Christ as the God-man is so qualified. He is coequal with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. As perfect humanity, He is equivalent yet superior to man.
To be our high priest.
A priest has to be human to represent man before God. However, Jesus Christ was not descended from the tribe of Levi that was the line of Israel's priesthood. He was born into the tribe of Judah, descended from David and Bathsheba through Nathan to Mary, and legally through Solomon to Joseph.
This means that Jesus Christ could not be our high priest in the Age of Israel. However, in the Church Age, He can be our high priest because we are a royal priesthood. In fact, Jesus Christ became our high priest after the order of Melchizedek who was a royal priest that predated the Levitical priesthood of Israel. Heb 5:1-7;
To be the Son of David and fulfill the Davidic Covenant.
2Sam 7:8-16; Psa 89:20-37; God keeps His Word. In order for Jesus Christ to fulfill the Davidic Covenant, He had to be born into the tribe of Judah, in the family of Jesse, in the family of David.
Jesus Christ needed a human body to fulfill the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union and to become the chief cornerstone.
Jesus Christ is the foundation for both the Church and Israel. After each building is constructed first the Church, then Israel, it becomes a holy temple for all eternity.
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