Jesus: a Man, a God, and a Spirit
by Randall Alford
JESUS, HUMAN AND GOD IN THE FLESH: Why I believe! What we need to understand! What should we do!
Let us start with why I wrote and shared this article. These thoughts and answers may help those who struggle with the assurances of Jesus, God, and Heaven. Those things which say we can be a part of His Kingdom just from our faith if we open our minds and hearts to the Holy Spirit. The knowledge available to us from the Bible becomes the guide for our lives to have access to the Kingdom that God and Jesus promised.
Take a look at the scripture about the thieves crucified with Jesus, from Luke 23: 42-43. One of the thieves challenged Jesus saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other thief rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since we are receiving the due rewards of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” What that thief said next saved his soul: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom. Jesus replied, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
This example proves that Jesus can save everyone if they simply believe in Him. Only Christ can forgive and save us as He saved the thief who asked. The thief could not depend on his good works – for he had none. He could only depend on Christ, and that was all he needed. It was clear Jesus was only a man to the thief who mocked Him, but recognized as God by the other thief who asked and believed. He trusted Jesus at his end, and it was not too late.
This example is much like our opportunity to walk the aisle of a church and ask for a believer’s baptism and have the trust in God that He will accept us into His Kingdom. We need to take care not to wait until our last breath to ask and believe, as we do not know the time of our physical death.
Jesus came to save us, and he was doing so even as His human form was perishing. We can do something about our faith each moment we live and take the opportunity Jesus gives us when he says in Luke 23:46, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” These events I have described tell me that Jesus was a Man, and God, and Spirit.
Knowing Jesus was man and God, and knowing the redemptive plan that God provided to us through the blood of Jesus, will help us be assured of our eternal life. Why was Jesus’s death and resurrection necessary? A simple answer is that this was God’s plan from the foundation of our world. This is His method to defeat Satan, who is loose in our world. It started with Satan’s rebellion in Heaven.
We need to understand God’s demand for holiness. 1st Peter 1:15-16 states that, “It is written you shall be holy for I am Holy.
Thus, Satan’s pride got him booted out of Heaven and this pride also got Adam and Eve booted out of the Garden of Eden that God had created for Man. What was the pride? Satan’s heart was proud because of his beauty and his selfish ambition wanting to be God himself. This pride was the downfall of Adam and Eve and all of humanity. The serpent tempted Adam and Eve that if they ate the fruit they would become like God and know the difference between Good and Evil, when God had forbade them to eat that fruit.
The Great I AM allows Satan to roam the earth and uses Satan’s work on earth to set in motion the final defeat of Satan both on earth and in Heaven. Colossians 2:14-15 says that Satan entered the Apostle, Judas’s, body to betray Jesus, which led to the crucifixion of Jesus. When Jesus ascended into Heaven and death was defeated, it marked the beginning of the end for Satan.
God uses Satan and unbelievers to provide a way for Man’s salvation through the grace earned by the blood Jesus shed for us. This act proves how much love Jesus has for us. If we follow Him and his teachings, we too will get to share in the eternal life Jesus promised. After Jesus ascended into heaven he did not forget us as we dealt with the still active Satan. He sent the Holy Spirit for us to use in our lives daily to aid in our survival battle against Satan and his demons.
Some of my life has been spent being unsure whether God is real and that Christ provides the way. Some people even do not believe there is a God. Psalms 14-1 says, “For the fool says in his heart ‘There is no God.’” Because Jesus was a man for a certain time, it helps me to understand that we are allowed to talk to God through the gift he gave us after taking Jesus away; that gift is the Holy Spirit.
Today it is really easy to talk to God through prayer and invite the Holy Spirit to live in my mind and heart. Jesus sought solitude to talk with God. When we do the same, we are like Jesus talking to God. John 15:15&16 says, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give it to you.”
Jesus was fully human. He was born unto Mary, and as He grew, He worked and learned a trade from His earthly father (Joseph). He helped his parents and His friends, and He studied the scrolls and learned to pray. His parents experienced joy and frustration at times, much like our parents. Jesus was tempted, he experienced pain, joy, agony, torture, and betrayal. He asked for favors from His earthly parents, and He cried to his Heavenly Father.
Jesus was also God. He did those same things in his ministry and during his teaching of His followers, but when the chips were down He carried out the will of His heavenly Father. The example here is from Matthew 26:42, when in the garden He prayed to His Father in Heaven, “If this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” I believe Jesus was God as well as man. John 1:2 says that Jesus was in the beginning with God. John 1:29 reveals how John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the World.” God spoke from heaven saying that Jesus was his beloved son. Mark 1-1 says, “And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.”
Today, Jesus sits on the throne with God. Revelations 3-21 says, “To the one who overcomes, I will grant the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelations 5-13 says, “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying: ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!’”
We can rejoice that Jesus is the same person who died on the cross for our sins. He knows our pains, our struggles. He understood that He was sent here to help us. A true friend who gave His life so that we might be able to gain ours. This man and this God were one-in-the same who rose from the grave and will come again to take home all who confess Him as Lord.
This should give us confidence in Him and we should share with others the Good News about who Jesus was and is and what He did for all. All of these words give me assurances of the reality of Jesus as man, Jesus as God, and Jesus in Heaven with God. I have assurances of the Holy Spirit which God gave us to access the power to reach this goal of eternal life for ourselves, our friends and families, and anyone we come into contact with that does not believe.
I pray that all who read this can find assurances that God had the plan all along, that Jesus became the answer for us all, and that the Holy Spirit was sent to empower us to believe the message of salvation and become a part of the plan that God had all along. Amen and Amen!
Randall Alford is a member of a Bible study class at First Baptist Church in Lampasas Texas.
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