Fully God, Yet Fully Man

The fact that Jesus was wholly human, and yet at the same time, wholly God is a difficult concept to grasp; and in fact, we cannot completely explain and understand it. Although scripture supports this concept in many ways, nevertheless, some have taught that Philippians 2:7, (“…but [Jesus] emptied Himself…being made in the likeness of men”) means that Jesus laid aside the divine attributes of God. In other words, it has frequently been taught that Jesus completely put aside being omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnipresent (present everywhere).

Only recently, with the help of excellent commentaries, have I been able to come to a better understanding of the truly remarkable reality that our Savior was both fully human and at the same time, fully divine (God). He did not lay aside His deity; He temporarily gave up His positional place in heaven in order to veil the glory of His deity in a human body of flesh. Even so, this hidden glory did shine forth on occasion: In Matthew 17:2 we read about the transfiguration of Jesus in which “His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.” We read in John 1:46-50 that Jesus not only knew the moral character of Nathanael even before He met him, but He also had seen him under a fig tree without actually being in that same location. In Matthew 9:4 we learn that Jesus was able to read other people’s thoughts and look upon their hearts- “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?” Indisputably, Jesus demonstrated His Godhood by forgiving sins- something only God can do. These are only a few proofs that Jesus remained fully God as well as fully human while here on earth.

However, the most astounding and praise-worthy part is that He obediently humbled Himself to live on earth as a man- fully suffering unimaginable pain as He died on the cross for the sake of us all (John 3:16). A commentator has aptly expressed, “There was no depth to which He would not stoop to save our guilty souls.”