The humanity of the Son of God is everything to us*

Posted Oct 06, 2012 by Allen Powell in The Spirit of God Hits: 3,397

*{YI, October 13, 1898 par. 6}

There is a continual disagreement going on now in the last day church. This disagreement centers on the ‘person’ of the Holy Spirit. Our pioneers taught and believed that the word of God showed clearly that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ and the Spirit of God. The Father and His Son share the same Spirit. The Spirit is a part of Them, not a third separate being. Note what E.J. Waggoner says in his book Christ and His Righteousness on page 23, “Finally, we know the Divine unity of the Father and the Son from the fact that both have the same Spirit. Paul, after saying that they that are in the flesh cannot please God, continues: "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Rom. 8:9. Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.(Emphasis added)  There is no problem of the Spirit being called a ‘person’ because the Spirit is the personal presence of the Father and His Son in Their universe. Note what J.N. Loughborough had to say on this, The Spirit of God is spoken of in the Scriptures as God's representative- the power by which he works, the agency by which all things are upheld. This is clearly expressed by the Psalmist, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there].  [If] I take the wings of the morning, [and] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.  Psa. 139:7-10. We learn from this language that when we speak of the Spirit of God we are really speaking of his presence and power.{J.N. Loughborough, Review & Herald, September 20, 1898} Pastor Loughborough also goes on to say in the same article, “So also the Spirit is spoken of as the "Spirit of God," or the "Spirit of Christ," meaning the same, as the Spirit is alike the representative of both the Father and the Son” Also, please note that both pioneers quoted above used the word of God as authority for their beliefs. There is a ‘thus saith the Lord’ for the belief that the Father and his Son share the same Spirit.

 

I read recently an article about Acts 20:28 which say “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” The conclusion of the article was that as it was only Christ that shed his blood for us, so where the text talks about the Holy Spirit purchasing the church with His own blood, this can only be Christ, in the person of His Spirit. The fact that the Son of God became man and had blood coursing through his body reminded me of the humanity of Christ. A few days ago I came across Hebrews 2: 14-18 which says, 14“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.  17Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”

 

Christ alsoHimselflikewise took on humanity, thus making Himself the ONLY path to righteousness and godliness. There was and is no other Being that could do what Christ has done. He forever linked man (humanity) back to the Father, the very link that was broken because of man’s choice to sin. To reemphasize this point, I will state it again, by taking on humanity (flesh and blood), Christ became man’s ONLY ‘path’, ONLY ‘way’, or ONLY ‘link’ to the God the Father who is the Ancient of Days. As the title of this study says, “The humanity of the Son of God is everything to us.” Christ’s inherited Deity mysteriously blended with humanity automatically invalidates any other ‘Savior’ or ‘Redeemer’ or ‘Mediator’ candidate in the universe of the Father. In God’s last day church, we are ‘being told’ that the Holy Spirit is a being or person separate from the Father and the Son and further we are ‘being told’ that Holy Spirit is a co-redeemer and another mediator. Having never taken on flesh and blood (humanity) this separate third being or person would be invalidated to be a redeemer or mediator. Here’s how Ellen White saw this issue, she says, “Jesus became a man that He might mediate between man and God. He clothed His divinity with humanity, He associated with the human race, that with His long human arm He might encircle humanity, and with His divine arm grasp the throne of Divinity. And this, that He might restore to man the original mind which he lost in Eden through Satan's alluring temptation; that man might realize that it is for his present and eternal good to obey the requirements of God. Disobedience is not in accordance with the nature which God gave to man in Eden” (Letter 121, 1897).  {7BC 926.4} Emphasis supplied in this and other quotes. No other Being has done what Christ has done; no other could be our mediator.

Ellen White mentions in another article the importance of the humanity of Christ, “By His obedience to all the commandments of God, Christ wrought out a redemption for man. This was not done by going out of Himself to another, but by taking humanity into Himself. Thus Christ gave to humanity an existence out of Himself. To bring humanity into Christ, to bring the fallen race into oneness with divinity, is the work of redemption. Christ took human nature that men might be one with Him as He is one with the Father, that God may love man as He loves His only-begotten Son, that men may be partakers of the divine nature, and be complete in Him (RH April 5, 1906).  {7BC 927.3}
Very strong and intentional but yet another Ellen White comment, “Divine culture brings perfection. If in connection with God the work is carried forward, the human agent, through Christ, will day by day gain victory and honor in the battle. Through the grace given he will overcome, and will be placed on vantage ground. In his relation to Christ he will be bone of His bone, flesh of His flesh, one with Christ in a peculiar relationship, because Christ took the humanity of man. He became subject to temptation, endangering as it were, His divine attributes. Satan sought, by the constant and curious devices of his cunning, to make Christ yield to temptation. Man must pass over the ground over which Christ has passed. As Christ overcame every temptation which Satan brought against Him, so man is to overcome. And those who strive earnestly to overcome are brought into a oneness with Christ that the angels in heaven can never know.”  {7BC 926.5} 
Strong also, but yet another, “The Lord Jesus has made a great sacrifice in order to meet man where he is. He took not on Him the nature of angels. He did not come to save angels. It is the seed of Abraham that He is helping. "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Christ helps humanity by taking human nature (Letter 97, 1898).  {7BC 927.2}  
Precise and strong also but yet one last quote, “Christ came to the earth, taking humanity and standing as man's representative, to show in the controversy with Satan that man, as God created him, connected with the Father and the Son, could obey every divine requirement (ST June 9, 1898).  {7BC 926.7} 

 

Indeed, the humanity of the Son of God is everything to us. The fact of His humanity protects us from ever substituting any separate being or person to Christ’s office of mediator and redeemer for no one else in the universe can fulfill the requirements as Christ has done.  A misinformed person may say that the office and role of the Holy Spirit has been eliminated or lowered but I would point that person to the truth that Jesus taught, the disciples echoed and our pioneers uncovered, “…the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.” My prayer is that we, the last day church, will allow Christ, in the person of His Spirit to dwell in us continually, thus uniting divinity with humanity again.