As Christians, we believe in the Trinity — a triune God — The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. I may have written about this in previous posts. We see the trinity in the very first 3 verses of the Bible:
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth— 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light.
The Lexham English Bible (Ge 1:1–3). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Verse 1 — “In the beginning, God…” God the Father
Verse 2 — “And the Spirit of God…” God the Holy Spirit
Verse 3 — “And God Said,…” God the Son (Word)
Perhaps one of the most difficult concepts to grasp for many Christians is that of the Trinity — that the Trinity is present in eternity, that the three persons of the trinity are each part of a single, sovereign God. But this blog is not meant to focus on the theology or nature of the Trinity, but the humanity of the person of Jesus Christ.
The other day, while studying for a short meditation for a Christian event at which I was honored to speak, I came across an interview with Dr. Gerry Breshears on the Faithlife Today website where Dr Breshears talks about how the Holy Spirit is displayed in the life of Christ.
I know I have written about the fullness of Christ’s humanity in at least one other post, but this interview with Dr. Bershears really hit me head on with a couple ideas. The first one is that when Christ stepped out of eternity to become human, He gave up his deity characteristics (e.g., omniscience, omnipresence, etc.). In order to be fully human, He had to live life as a human with all of the limitations bound to human nature — just like you and me. If He was to be an example of how to live life, and live it perfectly, He had to have the same limitations you and I have.
And that brings up the second point that Dr. Bershears discusses. While He gave up His deity characteristics, He did not live life apart from God, He allowed the Holy Spirit to lead every step of His life. He may have stepped out of eternity and into humanity, but He didn’t leave behind His relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit. It is clear from the gospels that Jesus’ relationship with the other two persons of the Trinity was critical to His sinless, perfect life. That relationship empowered the human person of Jesus Christ to walk without sin, to resist temptation, and to endure scourging and the cross for each one of us, and rise for our justification and new life.
If you are like me, you’ve said something like “Well, of course Jesus could live a perfect life, He is the Son of God… He is God.” The fact is, while those statements are true, He was also fully human. Otherwise, what kind of example would that be to teach us and show us how to live? If He had resources available to Him that are not also available to us, what good would that be? The fact is, we have the same resources available to us today, that Jesus had available to Him. He made a specific point to tell us that He was going away, but that He would send the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth. He also said that if He returned to the Father, we would do greater things than He did.
Those are very powerful words… “greater things”, but only by the power of the Holy Spirit. We do have the same resources available to us. God calls us to be in relationship with Him. He calls us to listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His lead. The excuse of “He is the Son of God…” is not a valid excuse. We are children of God. In fact, we have an additional resource in Jesus our High Priest:
14 Therefore, because we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is not able to sympathize with our weaknesses, but who has been tempted in all things in the same way, without sin. 16 Therefore let us approach with confidence to the throne of grace, in order that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The Lexham English Bible (Heb 4:14–16). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
As children of God with a High Priest who has lived our human experience interceding on our behalf, we can no longer play the “but He is God” card. We are His children, called to live a life in relationship with the Trinity, listening for His lead, and trusting His plan. His plan from creation was to have us walk in relationship with Him.
I want that kind of life! How about you?