God Again Or Still Human?

Q. With regards to Jesus’ emptying himself of His “God-ness” when He came to earth (Phillipians 2:7), is Jesus still “emptied-out”? Or did he “refill” when he ascended to Heaven to sit at the right-hand of God?

A. Most scholars believe that Jesus didn’t give up His deity, but rather set it aside. This is what is meant by the phrase “fully-God, fully man”. It appears He limited Himself to doing only that which other men could do through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is borne out by the fact that He told His disciples that they would do even greater things than He did (John 14:12). I believe He meant the same for us.

After the resurrection, it was made clear that He had supernatural power by the way He suddenly appeared among His disciples on several occasions. When John saw Him on the Island of Patmos he described Him as looking like a son of man, a human. (Rev. 1:13) And in Rev 5:6 John spoke of a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain standing in the center of the Throne of God.

Experts interpret these verses as referring to the Lord Jesus, still in human form and bearing the scars of His ordeal. If so, then the Lord permanently retained His post resurrection human form even after He took up His deity again.

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