October 18, 2018

Pastor’s Corner:
One of the earliest heresies in the church was Gnosticism—a system of doctrine which ultimately denied the humanity of Christ. Were it not so serious, one could almost be amused at the distortions which have been preached relative to Jesus Christ. The first century denied His humanity; the twentieth century denies His deity. Thus, man has tried
both ends of heresy. Yet the truly Biblical doctrine is that He was fully and uniquely God as well as being perfectly human. Sometimes we so emphasize the deity of Christ that we neglect the fact that He was a man. The fact that He became a man is important for these two reasons:
(1) His humanity qualified Him to die for us. Jesus is described as our mediator (1 Timothy. 2:5). Paul said, &quote; For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.& quote; A mediator must be able to represent the positions of both of the parties which, though presently alienated, seek reconciliation. As a divine person, Jesus was more than qualified to represent God; as a man, He was qualified to represent humanity.
(2) The humanity of Jesus enabled Him to understand the nature of our problems. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need& quote; (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Although the doctrine of the deity of Christ is important and perhaps has been the object of more of our preaching, the doctrine of the humanity of Christ is also important. For this reason, John said that anyone who denied the humanity of Jesus was the anti-Christ (1 John. 4:2-3). Practically, the fact that Jesus became a man makes it easier for me to approach the throne of grace in my prayers. May the message today spark your prayer life that we all may approach Him more boldly.
Pastor Jayson