New Testament Discipleship is Attainable

Some discount any possibility that we could ever be like Christ.  To them, he was too great.  They believe that no one could ever walk in his steps.  They imagine that on earth Jesus was 100 % in God’s nature and 100% in man’s nature at the same time.  That is not good mathematics or science either.  It is even worse Bible.  It is excellent imagination.  Jesus is the Creator God.  He created this world (Heb. 1:2), which makes him our God.  This is a matter of history.  No one can change history.  True facts of past events will always be true facts of past events.  The fact that he created this world can never be taken away from him.  Everything that exists, the Father created through the Son (Col. 1:16,17).  No matter where Jesus is, no matter what form he is in, no matter what situation he is in, he will always remain our Creator.  In that historic sense, Jesus was, and always will be 100% God.  However, when it comes to the nature that he took on while he was on earth, we have different facts.  It is a fact that he left off the divine nature (his form of God) and, for that brief 33 year period, took on the form of a man (man’s nature) and was made like unto his brethren in all ways.

The scriptures state that “in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren . . .” (Heb. 2:17).  There was no difference between Jesus’ nature and his brethren’s nature in anything.  Jesus’ brethren were not 100% God’s nature and 100% man’s nature at the same time.  If Jesus were like his brethren in all things (which he was), he could not have been both natures at the same time.  It was essential for him to be like his brethren in all things in order to be tempted in all points like they were (Heb. 4:15).  He suffered by being tempted (Heb. 2:18) which is the way he learned obedience (Heb. 5:8).  There are only certain ways man can be tempted, and Jesus was tempted in every one of those ways (1 Cor. 10:13).  God the Father can not be tempted with evil (James 1:13).  Jesus was tempted with evil. This shows us again that Jesus was not 100% God during the time he was in the earthly form of man.  Jesus left off God’s divine form for a brief 33 years so that he could be tempted.  Without being in the form of God, how could he be 100% God?  At the very least he lacked the form of God.  Jesus grew in wisdom. (Luke 2:52).  If he were 100% God, how could he grow in wisdom?  Jesus came to walk run the race ahead of us that God has set before us. “. . .let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:1,2).  Jesus did this to leave us “ . . . an example, that ye should follow his steps”  (1 Pet. 2:21).  We must conclude that during that brief 33 year period Jesus indeed was made like his brethren in all things – 100% man.

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