56 of 100: Why Jesus was 100% human and not a Hypostatic Union/ and how ‘in him all things hold together’

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold togetherAnd he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, Col 1:17-19 ESV

Question: If Jesus was only human, then how would He be able to hold together all of Creation during the time he was human?

Other versions render Colossians 1:19 as:

(KJV)  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

(WEBA)  For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him;

(YLT)  because in him it did please all the fulness to tabernacle,

Commenting from the KJV Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible states

For it pleased the Father,…. The phrase, “the Father”, is not in the original text, but is rightly supplied; … that in him should all fulness dwell: by which is meant, not the fulness of the deity, though it is read by some the fulness of the Godhead: which seems to be transcribed from Colossians 2:9;

For now we will just assume the YLT probably conveys the right meaning. The focus of this post is on the human Jesus.

I.e. ‘in him all things hold together.’ and ‘in him it did please all the fulness to tabernacle‘ convey a similar meaning that is Christ has preeminence in all things.

Let us try to answer these questions by first considering the gospel records of Jesus which is a record of Jesus in his human form.

If we divide Jesus’ existence into 3 life spans:
1. Before Human – Eternal logos
2. The Human Jesus – Poor/humbled
3. Post resurrection – The Glorified

In the second phase of his existence he was 100% human therefore could not share in the nature of the heavenly beings, even of angels.

Php 2:5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

Php 2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

Php 2:7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

Php 2:8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

The above verse shows he emptied himself even though he was born son of God and ‘being born in the likeness of men’ i.e. he was born 100% human. In this mortal state humans touched him, kissed him, spoke to him, beat him and people eventually murdered him. As humans he also grew, lived, aged, hungered and he died! The Gospel records show us his human nature!

See here  Reason 33 of 100 [Jesus – A Morphē of God] for more on Phil 2:6

God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit could not be of the same type of beings when Jesus took on the human form. Does the holy spirit have a sleeping time or wakeup time? A time to go to the loo? A time to feel hungry? etc. Did the holy spirit at any point have have flesh and blood?

When Jesus was human he could only attain spiritual oneness to the Father by doing the Father’s will. He himself was found praying and pleaded to ‘his’ God and was void of any divine nature. To be God and man at the same time was a Greeko-Roman concept with the myths of their Gods interacting with human in all sort of crazy ways.

Heb 2:14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things,

So when Jesus was human he became one with the human race in the physical sense but was one with God in the spiritual sense. We could also note he was one with his disciples in the bonds of unity, fellowship and friendship!

Heb 2:17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect,

‘ in every respect ‘ == 100% human!

‘The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.’ (Heb 1:3)

If we think of the human Jesus – This obviously is not talking of his long hair and blue eyes! In the gospel again we do not see a Jesus living in un approachable light! But in the gospels is recorded a Jesus who teaches the Jews about their God! He is poor man who fasts, prays, teaches, argues, heals, loves, communicates, but is a mighty and enigmatic leader.

Also refers to earlier posts on the topic:

Reason 26 of 100 [How Angels manifest God – ‘Beware of him’ and how Jesus manifested God]

Reason 31 of 100 [Face of God: No man hath seen God – Analyzing Moses’ and Jesus’ encounter with God’s face]

Reason 36 of 100 [Adam, who was a type of the one (Jesus) who was to come]

Heb 1:4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Jesus had a 100% human existence (the gospels), he obtains a vine nature and is transposed from mortal to immortal, from corruptible to incorruptible. So during this phase post his resurrection he shares with the divine nature 100% and is no longer human! His humanity is now history!

The problem is neither Jesus, Mathew, Mark, John, Paul, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Holy Spirit coined the word ‘Trinity’. So we will endlessly try to understand the trinity without understanding it. For instance the law and the prophets never conceptualised a Binity though there are many mentions of YHWH and Spirit and also the prophets were neither confused about the two and they did not invent formulas to describe their relationship.

From what I can see the Fourth Ecumenical Council is that of Chalcedon in 451, Patriarch of Constantinople presiding, 500 bishops, affirmed that Jesus is truly God and truly man, without mixture of the two natures. (Hypostatic Union)

TEN Points about Jesus representing God or being the image of God

1. Born through Mary and the Holy spirit. This is clearly a finite beginning of the human Jesus.

Mat 1:20,22  But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

The Catholic faith of course teaches Jesus was a fully developed God at the age of One and therefore they also pray to Infant Jesus. The divine was trapped in a limited crying baby!

A gnostic belief was that the ‘Christ’ left the ‘body’ at the cross, i.e. Jesus was a God possessed human being! Etc.

2.

Joh 17:8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

That is Jesus passed the teachings from GOD to man, thereby was authorised by God and acted as a mediator between God and man as Moses once did. It is in this sense that he is the Image of God that is he reflects God spiritually not physically. The European view of the physical Jesus as God is illustrated with ‘blue eyes’, but that is hardly a reflection of  the Father. Jesus reflected God’s will in his human life.

3. The miracles he did are recorded thus:
Act 2:22  “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a MAN attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—
Act 2:23  this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
Act 2:24  God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

“A MAN attested to you by God” is a fulfilment of how God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Jesus. God did the miracles through Jesus as he had done miracles through Moses.

Again,
‘God raised him up,’ proving he was human and died and Jesus relied on his God to raise him up.

4. Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

Heb 12:1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

His role in salvation has two important points
a. He was the sacrifice
b. But he was an acceptable sacrifice in a human form on account of his obedience, and therefore as a human becomes and example to other humans.

The above verses from Hebrews shows that Jesus was himself human and someone who could see his OWN joy beyond the cross. As a fellow human he can become an example to us. He is is the second Adam as the first Adam failed but second Adam succeeded. The first Adam brought death while the second Adam brought LIFE. (resurrection)

So Jesus’ life as a human goes beyond substitution as he is  an example for humans. He is the template for humans to base their life upon. He is the living word of God in teachings, deed, action and sacrifice.

Do Not Grow Weary – Jesus our supreme example

Heb 12:3  Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
Heb 12:4  In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

5. Jesus claimed that his Father was in control and what ever control he had was from the Father. Examples:
From the gospel of John:

Joh 5:30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
A. Joh 5:30 “I can do nothing on my own. 
B. I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

Again from John’s gospel itself:

Joh 8:28 So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.

A.  I do nothing on my own authority,
B. Father taught me.

To summarise, From jesus’ own mouth:
A. ” I do nothing on my own authority,”
B.  “Father taught me.”
C. ” I have given them the words that you gave me,
D. “I can do nothing on my own. “
E. “ I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”

Here we see a human Jesus behaving like any other human and giving all the glory to his God as his source. Therefore God was able to work through him i.e. Jesus reflected the will of his Father in his own human life.

The human Jesus has an independent will and existence to his Father but was united with his Father in obedience and submission.

Jesus was authorised by his FATHER to represent him on earth. Jesus’ physical body is insignificant because that was mortal. Jesus also had a human soul. His dedicated life and example reflected and represented the Father accurately. ‘the exact imprint of his nature’ == ‘word became flesh’ = ‘the WILL of God was made complete in a human’MAN.

6. Jesus taught us how we also could be united with the Father in purpose and unity:

a. “Fear not little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
b. Luk 11:13  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shally our heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
c. “Let your light  so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
d. Joh 15:9  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
e. Joh 15:8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
f. Joh 14:31  But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.

Jesus declared plainly ‘I love the Father’ – himself following the first command of the scriptures. He was appointed to teach the truth about his Father to the people. Jesus did not preach Trinity and the formula of the Gods that his followers were soon to invent. Jesus taught us how to glorify his Father and our Father

7. Jesus himself was appointed by the Father

Luk 22:29  And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
Jesus claims here that the Father appointed him.

The one who appoints is greater than the one appointed!

God choose Jesus and Jesus manifested or represented the Father to us. Jesus’ mission was lead us to the loving Father. Christians have painted a very negative picture of the Father. In fact early gnostics declared the Old testament God as evil/false God! This sentiment is still prevalent amongst Catholic and Protestant Christians as Jesus takes the cake and is their favourite or even their only God.

8. Jesus called his God ‘Abba, Father’

Mar 14:36  And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

a. As Jesus calls his God ‘Abba Father’, we can also do the same
b. Jesus struggles as we do but is not overcome but overcomes – that is – he emerges victorious.
c. Jesus’ will is divided from the Father’s will at the moment of great trial

9. Jesus believed in his God and derived powers from his God

Mat 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Jesus was himself not in control in the human form, only his Father was. Jesus himself struggled in the human form. Jesus could use prayer as his weapon! Though he had unlimited power being baptised at the age of 30 by the spirit without measure he was always careful to mention God/Father as his source in his interactions.

10.  ‘WILL of the Father’ is the key to understanding the manifestation of Jesus and his purpose

Mat 12:50  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Note how Jesus teaches about his father and doing his will. If you want to be associated with Jesus then you have to believe in the God that Jesus himself believed in and worshipped.
So Jesus’ life mission was to to teach us about his God and his Father.

 

Why Jesus was 100% human – Let us reason together

1. Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

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Jesus grew, if we reinterpret this that the human Jesus grew but the divine was already fully developed we get the confusion of a creature that is neither God nor man for that with is both God and man is neither God nor Man, These are theories developed to explain how people SHOULD believe in ‘trinity’.

Gods don’t grow, but Catholics accept the infant Jesus that is all knowing from the womb itself.

Since the word trinity is not found in the bible but that is taught as the anchor of faith so lot of contradictions and concussion emerges and most are told to accept it as a mystery or people come up with absurd explanations.

2. Hebrews 5:8  Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered

How does a God “learn” Obedience?
What did Jesus suffer from?
Are there lessons for us – i.e. Jesus as our example?

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Jesus’ example:

Even though he was God’s son he was not pampered but tossed into a life of poverty and was tried by his enemies. But,Jesus did not rebel when challenged.

 

3. Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.

How goes a God get tempted/tried like us? If Jesus cannot be touched by sin by nature then are his temptation records all fake?

Jesus was tempted to steal or by lusts of women but the leaders of his time opposed him, criticised him, try to trap him and eventually murdered him. This causes stress and trials that Jesus had to overcome not through threats and taking matters into his own hands but he TRUSTED his Father’s way to submit to these wicked men. The Faith of Jesus is exemplary.

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Jesus’ example:

The example again – yet without sin and pleasing to the Father. Jesus was the ‘blameless’ lamb Not by nature but by action and deed! Exhort: Let us also merge victorious like Jesus.

4. Luke 22:43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.

This shows he was a weak human and fragile.
A God who requires strengthening? How can he control anything if another heavenly angel has to support him.
Do angels help God or humans?
If Jesus created the angels and now the angel has to offer him support, then how are ’*all things are held together in him.* ’ – at this point in time he himself needs to be held.

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Jesus’ example:

From by the example of Jesus, we hope God will also send his angel to protect us when we are also in dire distress.

5. Luke 22:44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

One God of the Trinity is in Anguish? Humans pray to God but do the members of the Godhead pray to each other?
Does the resurrected Jesus still do his daily prayers?
Does the resurrected Jesus go off to mountain tops to pray to his Father?
Does the resurrected fast for 40 days and 40 nights?

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Jesus’ example:

We also get desperate at times. Like Jesus let us approach our Father when an anguish and follow the example of Jesus.

Many Christians sing this song to Jesus – What a friend we have in Jesus

“Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!”

But Jesus himself prayed to his God and Father when he was troubled and in distress. Obviously the one prayed to is greater than the one praying.

6. Luk 7:9  When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

‘He marvelled’? Was he just pretending not to know though his divine nature revealed it him.

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Jesus’ example:

Following in Jesus’ ways – Let us have joy in things that matter most in love, kindness, purity, belief, etc. Coarse joking, etc let us not entertain!

´whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Php 4:8 

7. Joh 12:27  Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

A God whose soul is troubled? Jesus is “omniscient & omnipotent” yet is troubled? Why is he so sad and troubled? This shows Jesus was human and shared OUR feelings! Yet he emerged victorious!

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Jesus’ example:

Jesus was frank – Amazing. Great people suffer from great EGO, but look at our Jesus, he does not pretend, he does not deny and he has the GUTS to share his feelings with his loved ones!

Imagine your pastor telling you he is feeling troubled then what is your response? What is your response? Was not Jesus the one who taught not be anxious, yet he is also anxious at the thought of the crucifix that was to shortly come to pass.

Here is how Jesus overcame: He took the matter to God and was instantly restonded to.

´Joh 12:27, 28  “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.

Father, glorify your name.”

´Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.

8. Hebrews 5:7 tells us, “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission”

‘days of his flesh’ = 100% human!

Jesus wanted to be saved from death? Why?
He made loud cries? Why?
Jesus was crying about his death? One God of the Trinity wanted to be saved from death?

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Jesus’ example:

Looking for a Stress free life? Jesus himself was not free of stress! (Compare with the cries of David in the Psalms)

Feeling stressed is not a sin and is human

But we can overcome like Jesus

Key to success: Reverent submission

The gospel records his reverent submission to his God and Father, but the emphasis of churches is not this at all as it violates the theology established for more than a thousand years.

So when children ask these questions – reason and direct readings of gospels are suppressed and replaced with terms not used in the bible such as Trinity, Hypostatic union, etc. There are verses that teach us that he is divine and human and trinity is not the right formula to reconcile this.

These verses show the human Jesus himself had ‘faith’ in God and therefore also taught about faith. [Or is it that the  Jesus was just faking his humanity?]

9. Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

Let us examine his prayer in a bit of detail:

jesus-praying-in-gethsemaneHe is trying to change the future he already knows is about to happen?
This is surely not what we expect from a God? A last minute effort to change the scriptures? Didi Jesus who orchestrated the whole become human and die suddenly have a change of mind?

Trinitarians apply a filter of omnipotence on the human Jesus and completely mar the gospel records.

Now can Jesus be in control of the universe at this juncture of life when he himself is pleading for his own LIFE!
This again shows he was 100% human not 100% God!

Jesus’ example:

The human Jesus clearly possessed a will that sometimes came in conflict with his Father’s will. Here is the conflict between human and God!

But Jesus struggled in Prayer and overcame. The example of Jesus is when in weakness pray and persist in prayer to overcome the flesh!

We can clearly see why Jesus can understand our difficulties but he will kind to us like he was to Peter and the disciples who deserted him.

  • I.e. we can slowly progress to achieve Jesus life if we persist.
  • But, Jesus will not judge us if we do not attain Jesus’ gold mark standard!

10. Mat 27:46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

A God forsaken by God? Does the God Jesus have another God himself he worships?

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A simple and straight reading of the gospels present us with a Jesus whose nature and feelings were human.

Jesus’ example:

Now Jesus is quoting from a Psalm. Having considered it and understood it earlier on he can feel what those words really mean as he is hung in agony!

It is the moment in history where the preacher and teacher of righteousness is humiliated by his enemies! <— A difficult exhort to digest. Many of his followers would also later be left for their enemies to gloat over.

God had forsaken Jesus to be shamed and humiliated to his very enemies he spoke and cursed during his ministry. His enemies gloated over Jesus and mocked him. Jesus hung helplessly on the cross. This is the moment of ultimate test for Jesus as a human – who would not refuse his God and Father and submit to his will. This is the story of atonement not by nature but by obedience even to the point of death. Now starting with Abel the righteous have been murdered for their good deeds so also this Messiah who would shortly open the fountain of eternal life by obedience and faith. Adam as a son of God disobeyed and was expelled and Jesus as the second son of God obeys and brings eternal life. Jesus is then the Gold standard for humans to follow, so christians eat his flesh and drink his blood to ‘take in’ Jesus into their lives. Jesus is the way, implies Jesus’ way.

God did not protect him from his enemies, hence those words. But Jesus would rise and be victorious.

Back to the original question:

‘If Jesus was no longer God when He came to earth, how would He be able to hold together all of Creation’ – Our original question from Col 1:17 at the beginning.

The obvious answer He does Not in the human realm of his existence as on the cross he himself being peril of loosing his own life cried out to his God. It is the moment in history where the preacher and teacher of righteousness is humiliated by his enemies! Only his Father was in control of the situation while he himself was getting slaughtered!

Clearly we are taught about the life of a human Jesus.

‘hold together all of Creation’ is the purpose of Christ that the Christ should have preeminence and that Christ should be exalted at the right hand of God in control of the universe! For the Father intends to exalt his son above all and give him control over the churches.

Also see:

53 of 100: Who created the universe? – The Father created the universe and begot his son

Every record of the authors of the NT only bear witness that he was fully human for the 33 years of his existence!

His most helpless state is seen in death. A core doctrine of Christianity is resurrection. Why do the Authors of NT make such a big deal about Resurrection of Christ’s’. It is generally believed one goes to heaven when they die. So what was the big deal for a God to die and going to heaven?

Let us consider a few verses on the doctrine of resurrection:
* The prophecy:

“‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’ (Acts 13:35 ESV)

And this was finally fulfilled:

“but he whom God raised up did not see corruption.”(Acts 13:37 ESV)

i.e. human bodies decompose at death but his Father interfered with the curse of mortality and brought about the gift of eternal life through Jesus our Lord! Why does corruption mean anything to a ever divine Jesus? This means he was not eternally divine but made divine after his resurrection.

The context of the Colossians verse being considered:

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

Why/How is he firstborn from the dead?
This Indicates he was the first of the human to be raised from dead to attain immortality and his followers will follow suit.

Here is the witness of the resurrection in Acts (The earliest church understanding of his resurrection and the early church emphasis. Resurrection as a doctrine itself is undermined by many church teachings):

1. this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. ***God raised him up,*** loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.(Acts 2:23-24 ESV)
2. Act 2:32 This Jesus ***God raised up***, and of that we all are witnesses.

3. Act 3:15 and you killed the Author of life, whom ***God raised from the dead***. To this we are witnesses.

4. Act 3:26 ***God, having raised up his servant,*** sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”

5. Act 13:29 And when they had carried out all that was written of him, ***they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb.***

6. Act 13:30 But ***God raised him from the dead,***
7. Act 17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by A MAN whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by *** raising him from the dead. ***

8. 1Co 6:14 And ***God raised the Lord*** and will also raise us up by his power.

Act 3:26 ***God, having raised up his servant,***
Jesus – God’s servant? One God a servant of another?

***they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb.***
A dead Jesus!

While the Christian emphasis is a nn existent biblical word trinity and a God who came to die the emphasis of the gospel record is resurrection. The purpose of Christ was to open the gates of eternal life that Adam closed. This was achieved through obedience (not nature), for without obedience his sacrifice does not make sense.

To Conclue

Php 2:8  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Php 2:9  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
Php 2:10  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Php 2:11  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

a. Found in human form – i.e. 100% human
b. Exhibited extreme obedience “:becoming obedient to the point of death,” i.e. what God expects from humans. You cannot beyond giving your own life! This is the statement of atonement – His obedience sets us free like Adam’s disobedience bound us to death before. Not of nature but of action and deed.
c. Therefore, God has highly exalted him – the reward. It is ridiculous for one God of the trinity exalting another God of the trinity. Jesus is the first to be rewarded and his followers will get rewarded like Jesus in the age to come at the resurrection.

The emphasis is that he was a human and was exalted by God to become divine like his Father. He inherited heaven itself from his Father because as a human he overcame.

If you compare the gospel record of Jesus and the Revelation account of Jesus there is a huge contrast – the human Jesus of the Gospels v/s Exalted and immortal Jesus of Revelation descriptions.

Reading Colossians without verse breaks:

“In him all things hold together and he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”

But the doctrine of trinity, its formulations and definitions are held very dearly even though Scripture contains neither the word Trinity, nor an expressly formulated doctrine of the Trinity. From the Old Testament the early church retained the conviction that God is one. But in the New testament a new God was born – but how can you have two Gods? SO is born the triad that emperor and church defended and surpassed any other idea as heretic.

Again dividing Jesus’ existence into three phases we get
a. Jesus as the Logos, pre-existent and divine, from John’s witness, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”[John 1:1]
b. Jesus born to human mother. Contrast this is to Adam also the son of God who had not mother but only a Father.
c. The Jesus of Acts and Revelation is a very different Jesus from the human Jesus who is exalted and in control.

 

Heb 12:1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Heb 12:2  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus was the blameless man that God was looking for. His death showed forth absolute faith and obedience. He becomes a supreme example for the human race.His death redeems and brings forgiveness because that is the basis God accepts people. Jesus himself overcame the cross for the JOY that was set before him, despising the shame.

‘Looking to Jesus,’ <– Jesus is a saviour by his SUPREME example.

The disciples of Jesus then have a MASSIVE commitment to be like Jesus the man!

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