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To Jeffrey: Christianity 101

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Submitted by Richard the Lion heart (United States), Feb 20, 2006 at 16:30

Dear j,

As I go over some of your comments I notice where your confusion stems from. I should have seen that sooner but better late than never. You are confused about Jesus and his dual nature, meaning Jesus fully God and fully man. Jesus the Son of God meaning from the same essence as God, and Jesus the man subjected to God the Father. Here's one of your quotes.

John 8:42
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God; I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.

In this statement Jesus speaks of his dual nature."For I proceeded and came forth from God" meaning from the same essence as God." I came not of my own accord but he sent me" meaning Jesus the man subjected to God the Father.

Jesus is God in human flesh. He is not half God and half man. He is fully divine and fully man. That is, Jesus has two distinct natures: divine and human. Jesus is the Word who was God and was with God and was made flesh, (John 1:1,14). This means that in the single person of Jesus is both a human and divine nature. The divine nature was not changed. It was not altered. He is not merely a man who "had God within Him" nor is he a man who "manifested the God principle." He is God, second person of the Trinity. "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word," (Heb. 1:3, NIV). Jesus' two natures are not "mixed together," nor are they combined into a new God-man nature. They are separate yet act as a unit in the one person of Jesus. This is called the Hypostatic Union.

And one more thing Jeffrey and want you to ponder on that message from the epistle of John.

"He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: That God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." John 5:10-12 ...

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