The Humanity and Deity of Christ

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Introduction Matthew 22:42 “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is He?”(Holy Bible NIV, 1973) Matthew 27:22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Christ?”(Holy Bible NIV,1973) These questions presented in the gospels were asked by Christ himself to the Pharisees of His day and by Pilate addressing the multitude concerning the crucifixion of Jesus. There have been a number of heresies regarding the deity and the humanity of Christ that arose in the early centuries of church history. Although the early heretics had conflicting opinions, there was more rejection of Christ’s deity than His humanity. New Testament writers demonstrate the importance of keeping a constant balance between the deity and humanity of Christ to avoid difference in opinions regarding the doctrine of Christ (Conner, 1988:167). In this assignment I will be outlining the New Testament evidence for both the humanity and deity of Christ, making use of some early and contemporary debates in order to demonstrate why the deity and humanity of Christ are significant. Firstly I will be elaborating on the humanity of Christ followed by the deity of Christ, and lastly I will demonstrate the diverse views and heresies around the person of Christ highlighting the important characteristics of both. The Humanity of Christ Jesus’ humanity does not stir up the attention and arguments that His deity received therefore we can surely say that Jesus’ must have been human. Jesus was able to recognize and have compassion for us in our trials and temptations having been human he experienced the same temptations and trials we do. Thus His intercessory ministry would be reliant upon his humanity because if he was not human he would not be able to intercede for us, as a priest intercedes for those whom he represents (Erickson, 1984:706). Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who
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