To enter into one of the most debated theology arguments in history, one must enter with an open mind and a viewpoint motivated and willing to pursue truth and fact. The Christology debate has been active since Christ himself roamed with mankind and showed himself to his creation. As many views have come and gone over time this paper will not only review but dive deep into many of the arguments for and against who Christ really is. Who was this Christ? A man, a god, a prophet, or was he the God Almighty incarnate. To examine and recognize this answer one must look deep inside themselves and ask who they really are. How is it that some say he was fully divine yet fully human? Is it even possible to intertwine the eternal with the mortal without compromising the other? This essay will answer these questions and conclude with only factual evidence that Christ indeed was fully human and divine.
To examine the question at hand of how Christ “emptied himself” yet continued to retain his divinity and humanity one must understand the authors intent of Philippians 2:6-7. Philippians 2:6-7 (ESV) “6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” The apostle Paul was addressing the church in Philippi in manners concerning Christ’s humility and the example that he set for us to emulate. Paul was very discerning on the wording of the passage as he selects the Greek word “κενόω.” This is important because it denotes that Christ, even though becoming human, retained all his divinity during the incarnation. The emptying was not a surrender of attributes but a self-imposed restric...
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...small child and grew to a young man leading into his earthly ministry. Being fully human, he also died a human death allowing him to complete his ministry and return to his full divine glory with the Father. We see this transformation in Acts 1 as Christ returns to heaven in his glorified body after speaking with the apostles. Even then Christ’s glorification was reserved as the apostles looked upon him because if not limited surely they would have died. Furthermore, when Peter and the others saw Christ on the shore of Galilee he was able to produce the scars from his death and again limit his attributes for his glory.
Finally, God is God and he is absolutely all-sufficient, unconditional, independent and free to do as he wishes. His plan and understanding supersedes any human mind (Isaiah 55:8-9) and thus is it really impossible for Christ to be God in the flesh?
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