Because of Christ’s statement in Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32 that the Son of Man didn’t know the hour and day of the destruction of Jerusalem and his coming back, some pose the question, “If Christ is God, why didn’t he know the hour and day yet we say that God knows everything? Doesn’t this deny the deity of Christ?”
Our belief is that since the incarnation of Jesus Christ in A.D. 1, our Lord Jesus Christ has possessed two natures in one person. Which is why we frequently cite Colossians 2:9, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” If our human brain couldn’t fathom or accept this statement, it should be accepted by faith. God is so vast like the waters of the oceans and seas but our human brain is as small as a cup of coffee.
There are many passages in the Gospel of John that we submit and then ask the question: “If Christ is not God, why did He do these acts or have the attributes of deity?” We continue with the Gospel of John using the NKJV.
21. John 6:32, 33, 35 + John 3:13, 16 – Christ is the bread of life from heaven sent by the Father, is the man Jesus the one that came down from heaven and sent by the Father? Did the humanity of Jesus Christ come down from heaven? ___ Yes, ___ No. If the answer is “No”, who then came down from heaven? ___
22. John 6:38, 41 – Christ is the bread of life that came down from heaven and was sent by the Father to do His will, did the humanity of Jesus originate from heaven and was sent by the Father down to earth? ___ Yes, ___ No.
23. John 6:42 – Jesus the son of Joseph and Mary the Jews knew. Is this the humanity of Jesus our Lord? ___ Yes, ___ No. Was it the humanity of Jesus that came down from heaven?
24. John 6:42 – Repeatedly in the verses prior to v. 42, the Jews clearly heard Jesus declare that He came down from heaven, did Christ’s humanity come down from heaven?__Yes,__No. Or is it the deity of Christ that came down from heaven? __ Yes, __ No.
25. John 6:46 + 5:37 + 8:38 – Christ says, “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God, He has seen the Father.” Is this the humanity of Christ speaking that has seen the Father? __Yes, __No. If not the humanity, then which one?
26. John 6:48, 50, 51-58 – Christ is the living bread that came down from heaven, the living Father sent Him, is this the humanity of Christ that is referred to? _Yes, __No. Some ministers say that Christ was a “plan in God’s mind” before the incarnation, is a plan a living bread in heaven? ___
27. John 6:60 – The many declarations of Jesus in the whole of John chapter 6 is hard saying – was it difficult because the Jews looked only at His humanity. __Yes, __No.
28. Matthew 24:36 + Mark 13:32 – This statement of Christ is hard saying and difficult to understand because YOU looked only at His humanity? __ Yes, __No. If the humanity of Jesus is the one speaking here, why do we demand that His deity should come out but when His deity is emphasized, why don’t we demand that his humanity also comes out? ___
29. John 6:62 — “What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?” This was stated in A.D. 31 about two years before the crucifixion, does this refer to Jesus having human nature in heaven previous to His incarnation thro the Virgin Mary? __Yes,__No.
30. John 6:62 – Does this statement of Jesus refer to His deity existing in heaven with the Father before His incarnation thro the Virgin Mary in A.D. 1? __ Yes, __No. What was He before and where was He located before His incarnation where He goes back? ___
31. John 6:62 – Does this passage suggest that our Lord Jesus Christ had an existence in heaven before His incarnation stated in John 1:14? __Yes, __No. Was Jesus human when He was in heaven before the incarnation and was sent down to earth as human? ___
32. John 7:16-18 + Heb. 10:5-10 – Christ is sent by God, was the humanity of Jesus the one in heaven when the Father sent Him to earth? __Yes, __No.
33. John 7:27, 28, 29 – Jesus says that the Jews know who he is and where he comes from, does this refer to the humanity of Jesus Christ? __Yes, __No.
34. John 7:27, 28, 29 – When the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from, does this refer to the deity of Christ because He is from heaven and the Jews didn’t know heaven? __ Yes, __No.
35. John 7:29 – Christ says, “But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.” Is it the humanity of Christ which was conceived by the Virgin Mary that completely knows the Father who sent Him down from heaven? __Yes, __No.
36. John 7:29 – “But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.” The Father is in heaven, did the humanity of Jesus originate from the Father in heaven, and did the Father send from heaven a human Jesus? __ Yes, __ No.
37. John 8:14 — Christ says, “… I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going.” Do the Jews know where the humanity of Jesus came from and going to? __Yes, __No. Do the Jews know where the deity of Christ came from and where it was going? __Yes, __No.
38. John 8:18, 19 – Is the humanity of Jesus the one sent by the Father from heaven to the earth? __Yes, __No. Does Jesus refer to His deity as the aspect not known and recognized by the Jews in this passage? __Yes, __No.
39. John 8:21-22 – The unbelieving Jews cannot go to the place where Jesus was going which in previous verses He says it is the same place He came from, is the humanity of Jesus referred to when He says He goes where He previously was? __Yes, __No.
40. John 8:23 – “… I am from above … I am not of this world.” Does this refer to his humanity? __Yes, __ No. Does this refer to His deity? __Yes, __No.
41. John 8:26 + John 3:32 – “… I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.” Is Jesus’ humanity referred to that has heard the things in heaven? __Yes, __No. Is Jesus’ deity referred to that has seen and heard things in heaven? __Yes, __No.
42. John 8:29 – “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” Is this referring to the humanity of Christ? __Yes, __No. Is this referring to the deity of Christ? __Yes, __No.
43. Matthew 27:46 – “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Is the humanity of Christ the one referred to here? __ Yes, __No. Or is it His deity referred to? __Yes, __No.
44. John 8:38 – “I speak what I have seen with My Father…” The one that has seen the Father is the human eyes of Jesus, do you believe that? __Yes, __No. Or is the one that has seen the Father referring to Christ’s deity and His previous association with the Father in heaven? __
45. John 8:40 – Jesus mentions his manhood, is this referring to his humanity? __Yes, __No.
46. John 8:40 – Is Jesus’ humanity His deity? __Yes, __No. When Christ refers to His humanity, does he at the same time refer to His deity? __Yes, __No.
47. Do the deity and humanity of Christ always go together in every action, in every state attributed to Jesus Christ? __Yes, __No.
48. John 8:42 – “… I proceeded from and came from God…” Did the humanity of Christ our Lord proceed and come from God and was sent from heaven to earth in A.D. 1? __Yes, __No.
49. John 8:42 – Did the deity of Christ our Lord proceed and come from God? __Yes, __No.
50. John 8:58 – “…before Abraham was, I AM.” Does the “I AM” state of Christ refer to His humanity existing before Abraham’s time?
51. John 8:68 – Does the “I AM” state of Christ refer to His deity that existed even before the lifetime of Abraham? __Yes, __No.
52. Is it now possible for you to believe that there are times when Jesus speaks that He refers to his humanity alone and there are times that He refers to His deity alone? __ Yes, __No.
53. If Christ declares or establishes His deity, does that automatically deny His humanity? __
54. Should we demand from Christ and the apostles that when they write something about the Lord Jesus Christ, both His natures of deity and humanity should always come out together all the time? ___
55. When the many references above point to the attributes of Christ’s deity, no one demands that His humanity’s limitations should come out, but when the human attributes of Christ are pointed out, everybody demands that He should bring out the unlimited attributes of deity? Is it consistent when somebody does that? Are you consistent if you do that? ___
(Note: There is another sequel to this article. –Eusebio Tanicala, 15 June 2011)