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Chris Gore: Christianity: Jesus is Both God and Man

One of the most common issues people have with the status of Jesus is that they either deny that Jesus is God to some degree or they deny that Jesus is a man to some degree. Both entries are expicitly stated in Scripture.

Denying that Jesus is God is a good definition of the state of being a non-Christian. Some non-Christians will go even further and deny both claims, stating that Jesus isn't God and that he wasn't ever even a man, instead merely a figment of somebody's imagination a long time ago, whether Paul, or Constantine, or whomever. But most non-Christians will at least acknowledge that there is a good deal of historical evidence for the existance of Jesus as a human.

There are many Christians who are more than willing to confirm that Jesus is God, but are unwilling for whatever reason to affirm that Jesus was a man. It can be understandable though, the concepts seem contradictory at first. How could Jesus really be a man if he is God as well? That's like being a painter and the painting, or a sculptor and the sculpture.

Before trying to explain how I will merely give a short scriptural proof. In the Gospel of John, in the first chapter, we have both natures of Jesus stated quite clearly and quite directly, with very little poetic room for confusion. John 1.1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. That is very clearly a statement that the "Word", whatever that is supposed to mean, is "God". Only a few sentences later we read, in John 1.14: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. No clearer statement could be said. The "Word", that is, God, became flesh, that is, a living human man. It doesn't say how or give any real explanation as to the mechanics of it, but it does clearly state it.

So the Gospel of John, in it's very first opening sentences, very clearly states that Jesus is both God and Man, somehow. If we accept the Gospel of John as True Scripture, which I do, as do Christians in general, then we must accept those two facts even if we don't understand how.

But going back to the example previous we can maybe get an idea. Someone being both the painter and the painting at the same time seems completely impossible and even absurd at first, but we can see a truth in it upon a second glance. What if someone is painting their face or their arms, or even their whole body? That is a not-too-uncommon art form, and many such artists mostly just paint themselves. Are they not both the painter and the painting, at the same time? Perhaps God becoming the flesh is like that, Jesus-man being face paint upon Jesus-God.