The Man-God

Philippians 2 talks about how God became a man. If you’ve never done so before, I’d like to challenge you to read it over carefully, and consider what it says: [referring to Jesus] “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)

Notice the part of this passage which says, “and took upon him the form of a servant”. This expression, “and took upon him the form of a servant” by its very nature means that he didn’t have to do that: The choice to take upon himself the ‘form of a servant’ was by choice, not out of necessity. The words “and was made in the likeness of men” again refers to the fact that he didn’t have to do this: It was by choice, and not out of necessity. In fact, when we think of the words, “and was made in the likeness of men”, what we are really saying is, “he chose to become a man”.

As Thomas said, looking into the face of Jesus, “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:28) He did not look at Jesus and then look upwards to the sky, as some would have you believe. No, but rather, this promised Jesus was the same one who said that *he* had the authority to lay down his *own* life, and to raise up his *own* life — and who could claim that but God alone? (John 10:18) He is the same one that the Pharisees and unbelievers charged with blasphemy, because, as they knew themselves, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7)

The problem was that they used this knowledge as a tool of accusation against Jesus, rather than letting this knowledge lead them to faith in Jesus. What a shame that they misused this precious gift from God! Knowledge can be terribly misused, and God has given us human beings plenty of it. How much of it have we really used to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ? What about in our workplaces? Think of the vast amounts of knowledge that we come across day in and day out. How much of it do we “put to use” for the sake of the Master?

Jesus Christ claimed to be God and the Scribes and Pharisees of the day knew that full well. That is why they picked up stones to stone him one day. He said to them, “Why do you stone me?” They responded, “because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” (John 10:33b)

In the book of Isaiah, chapter 43, verse 11, God says, “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” Why then do we accept the New Testament which claims that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world if Jesus Christ is not God? The only solution to this is that he is God! Sadly, again, there are some cults who use the knowledge they have from the Scriptures, to formulate arguments against Jesus being God. It makes me tremble to think how they will fare on judgment day. Why not rather use the knowledge that has been given to us to lead us to faith in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins?

Perhaps there are some reading this article right now who have never come to that place where they have put their faith not only in Jesus, but in the Lord Jesus — that is, the One they will stand before on judgment day. How will you fare on that day? Will you be found wanting in your faith? Or will God be able to say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master!” Like Thomas said so long ago, I hope we will all be able to say, on that day, with a real sense of enthusiasm and joy unspeakable, “My Lord and my God!”

Praise the Lord!