An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 6 - Doctrinal Truth - Page 74 of 270
'Himself Man' (1 Tim. 2:5 R.V.)
The earnest student of Scripture needs nothing more than the testimony
of the Book itself that the centre and focus of revelation is the Person and
Work of the Son of God.  It is, therefore, not a surprising thing, seeing the
nature of man, the character of the enemy and the acknowledged immensity of
the subject, that endless controversy has raged around the Person as well as
the Work of Christ.  There is always the tendency in debate, to over -
emphasis, and the truth suffers at the hands of its friends as well as at the
hands of its foes.  In other published articles and books, The Berean
Expositor has given its testimony to the basic doctrine of the Deity of
Christ, Who is called 'God' in the most explicit terms in the New Testament
Although this is so, it is also true that for us men and for our salvation a
'Kinsman -Redeemer' is of absolute necessity -- no other way of restoration
is known or permitted in the Word of God, and a Kinsman -Redeemer
necessitates that Christ should be 'man', and in the most explicit way, He is
so called in the New Testament.  Take, for example, the great doctrine which
Paul calls 'the testimony for its own peculiar seasons' (1 Tim. 2:6); there
the manhood of Christ is stressed, as the R.V. indicates, reading:
'For there is one God, one mediator also between God and men, Himself
Man, Christ Jesus'.
There are fifteen passages in which the true humanity of Christ is
affirmed by the use of the word 'flesh' (sarx), and it is our intention in
this study to review some of these passages in the light of their contexts,
and to endeavour as grace shall be given, to arrive at a clearer
understanding of this great theme.  This theme is not only fundamental to
Redemption, it is evidently of such importance as to be the centre of Satanic
attack, and therefore, while avoiding as we would the plague any complicity
with the Prince of darkness, we may learn from this fact how important our
study must be.  John in his first and second Epistles writes as follows:
'Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they
are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that
confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:
and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it
should come: and even now already is it in the world' (1 John 4:1 -3).
'For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.  This is a deceiver and an
antichrist' (2 John 7).
The controversies that arose in the early church were centred mainly
around the mystery of the Person of Christ, and those who sought to defend
the faith, too often put out their hand to stay the ark of God, and by undue
emphasis opened the door for further error.  'The Arians denying
the Deity of Christ: the Apollinarians maiming and misrepresenting that which
belongs to His human nature; Nestorians, by rending asunder and dividing Him
into two persons; and the followers of Eutychus, who confounded in His person
those natures which should be distinguished.  Four things concur to make
complete the whole state of our Lord Jesus Christ, His Deity, His Manhood,