The Life of Christ Part 1
Prophet, Priest, King – all attributes of our Lord – His humanity
Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”
*A Child is born, a Son is given*.
How many times do we miss this? /A Son is given – as Deity, the Son has always been here, never had a beginning./
The Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament was Christ, /Captain of the Lord of Hosts who met Joshua before //Jericho//./
/He was the Fourth Man in the fire, that was Him/.
/He also spoke out of the bush.
/ /A Child could not be given, and a Son could not be born.
The Child had to be born and the Son had to be given.
As Deity, He could not be born.
He always existed/.
Therefore, He had to come into Mary’s womb to birth the humanity of Christ.
/It was His humanity that was born, and His Deity that was given.
/ You’ve heard, “Hail Mary, Mother of God.”
She is not God’s mother.
God does not have a mother.
She is the mother of His humanity.
(Proven by Scripture).
/For unto us a Child is born, (man), unto us a Son is given (God).
He is both God and man./
As man He is equal to man.
As God He is equal to God.
The Bible calls Him the /Mediator of the New Covenant./
He is the perfect Mediator.
Moses was the mediator of the old covenant, mediator of the Law.
The Law was imperfect.
Moses was equal with only one party (man), therefore, inferior.
*Job 9:2* Job asks how can a fallen man be in relationship with a perfect God? Verse 3 says, “*God could ask me a thousand questions and I could not answer even one of them.*
*Job **9:33** – “Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand on us both.”*
/One who could put one hand on God and the other on man/.
Some versions do not say daysman.
They call the term umpire.
It means one who can be impartial, not for any side more than the other, one who can pull both sides together, to work it out, and to pull both impossibilities together.
Therefore, when Jesus hung on the cross and said, “It is finished!”
He was referring to the Mosaic law.
It was finished.
As Deity He existed eternally.
*Micah 5:2* talks about *“he who is to be ruler in **Israel** whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”*
*John 1:1,2 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God”* *“In the beginning was the Word”.
*When the beginning was, Jesus had already been there.
Notice *“was”* past tense.
Before the heavens and the earth, He already was (past tense).
The uniting of humanity and deity (God becoming a man), is called /“hypostatic union/”.
It comes from the Greek word /“hupostasis”/ which is a compound word, /“hupo”/ meaning /“under”/ and /“stasis”/ meaning “/stands/”.
Literally it means that which stands under.
It later meant foundation /(tangibility, reality, substance)./
This word is found in *Hebrews 11:1* where it says, *“Now faith is the substance (hupostasis).”*
Faith is substance, reality, something that can be seen.
Can you see why Jesus Christ is called the Hypostatic Union?
It is because God who is immortal, invisible became tangible, reality, substance, something we could feel.
How can God tell me about Himself when He is so far up there and I’m so far down here?
He came and took the form of a human body with five senses, something I could relate to, and someone I could communicate with.
He was someone who faced the same things I face every day.
That is the hypostatic union.
Look at the names of His humanity while He was here on earth.
He was called *Jesus* and *Son of Man.* Jesus was the name for His humanity.
The name for His /diety/ was Christ.
If Son of Man was the name of /His humanity/ what was the name for His /diety//?/
That name was /Son of God/.
When the Bible says Jesus did this or that it was referring to His humanity.
Mary was the mother of His humanity.
In* Matthew **1:16** *we see these words, *“and Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” * She was the /mother of His humanity/.
In *Matthew 2:1* it says, *“now when Jesus was born”.*
You’ll never see in any of the gospels “/when Christ was born/”.
It will always say Jesus because His diety wasn’t born.
He has always been.
His diety could not grow up.
His humanity grew up, but not His diety.
That’s why it says *in Luke 2,”and Jesus grew in stature in favor with God and man.”*
/It never says Christ grew/.
It /ALWAYS/ says /Jesus/ grew.
It always refers to Jesus when it refers to His humanity.
When it talks about His diety, it refers to Him as Christ.
In the Word He asked the disciples, *“Who do men say that I the Son of Man (humanity) am?” * Then He asked, *“Who do you say that I am?”* Peter jumped right in and said, *“Thou art the Christ, Son of the Living God!”*
Jesus is the name of His humanity and Christ the name of His deity.
So Jesus Christ is the name for His hypostatic union.
When Scripture says Jesus Christ one time and then Christ Jesus another time/, why?/ Paul wasn’t dumb.
John wasn’t dumb.
It refers to hypostatic union, but it is /emphasizing /at that time whichever name is named /first/.
It is hypostatic union, but it is emphasizing His /deity/ when the name Christ Jesus is used.
(Emphasis on Christ).
When the name Jesus Christ is named, it is again referring to hypostatic union, but His /humanity/ is emphasized here (emphasis on Jesus), Jesus being the first name.
In the Word you can determine the thrust of the verse.
If it is going from /God to man/ /Christ Jesus is named/.
If it names /Jesus Christ/ then the action or thrust of the verse is going /from man to God./
As an example, *Philippians **4:19** “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
*Which way is it going?
/Of course it is God to man,/ (/Christ Jesus/).
Another example is *Eph.
3:14- “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”*(/man
How are we to pray?
Well we pray in the name of Jesus.
You do hear some people pray in the name of Christ Jesus, or in the name of Christ.
/But why don’t we see it in scripture?/
/The answer is in the direction of the verse/.
We see in the name of Jesus, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, all of these terms are His humanity.