The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ



❰Epub❯ ❤ The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ Author Bruce A. Ware – E17streets4all.co.uk What does it mean for Jesus to be HUMAN Theologian Bruce Ware takes us back to the biblical text, where we meet a profoundly human Jesus who faced many of the same difficulties and limitations we expe What does it mean for Christ Jesus: PDF/EPUB Á Jesus to be HUMAN Theologian Bruce Ware takes us back to the biblical text, where we meet a profoundly human Jesus who faced many of the same difficulties and limitations we experience today Ware explores the significance of Christ s humanity and helps us to learn, by the power of the Spirit, to follow in Jesus s steps.The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ

Bruce A Ware PhD, Fuller Christ Jesus: PDF/EPUB Á Theological Seminary is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and has authored God s Lesser Glory, God s Greater Glory, and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the
  • Paperback
  • 156 pages
  • The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ
  • Bruce A. Ware
  • English
  • 15 September 2019
  • 1433513056

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  1. says:

    When reviewing books I almost never read others reviews before writing my own so that I m not influenced by what has already been written However, I read Nathaniel Claiborne s review of The Man Jesus Christ and I m glad I did He points out, in his opinion, one critical flaw with Ware s book I will examine the book and Nathaniel s point and make my own recommendation.SummaryWare says, Could it be that even though Jesus was fully God, he lived his life fundamentally as a man p 12 He argu When reviewing books I almost never read others reviews before writing my own so that I m not influenced by what has already been written However, I read Nathaniel Claiborne s review of The Man Jesus Christ and I m glad I did He points out, in his opinion, one critical flaw with Ware s book I will examine the book and Nathaniel s point and make my own recommendation.SummaryWare says, Could it be that even though Jesus was fully God, he lived his life fundamentally as a man p 12 He argues throughout the book that a proper understanding of the humanity of Jesus is sorely neglected in the church today p 32 We are familiar with the points of his deity, he says, but many of us are not familiar with the importance of his humanity Fundamentally the book is framed by Philippians 2 5 8 Paul s address on Jesus s kenosis or self emptying Ware explains,In brief, what this must mean is this Christ Jesus, existing and remaining fully who he is as God, accepts his divine calling to come to earth and carry out the mission assigned him from the Father As the eternal Son of God, who is himself the form morph , i.e., very nature of God, he must come in the form morph n, i.e., very nature of a servant That is, he must come fully as a man, and as a man he must live his life and give his life as one of us In so doing, Christ pours himself out all of who he is as he takes on, in addition to his full divine nature, a full human nature Again, it is crucial to see that in the self emptying eken sen of the eternal Son, Paul does not say that he poured something out of himself No, absolutely not Rather, he poured out himself All of who he is as the eternal Son of the Father, as the one who is the form morph of the Father, is poured out fully Here, then, is no subtraction, strictly speaking It is a subtraction i.e., a pouring out, an emptying by adding human nature to his divine nature He came, then, to become the God man the one whose very divine nature took on fully the existence of a created human nature He poured himself out by adding to himself the nature of a man, indeed, the nature of a servant par excellence who would give his life in obedience on the cross to fulfill the will of his Father p 20 There s a lot that can be said in the summary but I wanted to plant on chapter one because it s so important for understanding the rest of the book I believe it was Phil Johnson, founder of the Team Pyro blog and sidekick to John MacArthur, that said the miracle of Christ s two natures was a miracle of addition not subtraction and Ware echoes this point above So if I understand Ware correctly what he s saying is that while Christ s divinity is never separated from his humanity, Jesus himself chooses not to expresses the fully glory of his divinity i.e., omnipresence always just in one place in the Gospels testimonies , omniscience Mark 13 32, Luke 2 52 see p 49 , etc Ware explains this balance in terms of Christ s nature expressed and possessed So both natures are possessed but both are not fully expressed at any given point pp 21 24.What I LovedFirst, Ware is humble in this pursuit,I know only too well my own inadequacies in conveying the depth and breadth and height and length of his greatness, but my hope is that the pages of this book will point, at least, to some of the ways and reasons he should be praised and thanked and honored and obeyed p 14 This kind of attitude drips from every page of The Man Christ Jesus.Second, Ware conveys these doctrinal truths doxological He ends each chapter with application which often starts with praise for the truths that he unpacked in the chapter Ware also stops to praise God through the book It reminded me of Paul at the end of Romans 11.Third, Ware makes the truth of Christ s humanity extremely practical For instance, Ware spends considerable time discussing how Jesus lived his life Ware argues,Now, one must ask this question Why did Jesus need the Spirit of God to indwell and empower his life After all, he was fully God, and being fully God, certainly nothing could be added to him, for as God, he possessed already, infinitely and eternally, every quality or perfection that there is Yet, Jesus was indwelt with the Spirit and ministered in the power of the Spirit So, we ask What could the Spirit of God contribute to the deity of Christ And the answer we must give is Nothing As God he possesses every quality infinitely, and nothing can be added to him So then we ask instead this question What could the Spirit of God contribute to the humanity of Christ The answer is Everything of supernatural power and enablement that he, in his human nature, would lack The only way to make sense, then, of the fact that Jesus came in the power of the Spirit is to understand that he lived his life fundamentally as a man, and as such, he relied on the Spirit to provide the power, grace, knowledge, wisdom, direction, and enablement he needed, moment by moment and day by day, to fulfill the mission the Father sent him to accomplish p 34 This point must not be missed It might be easy to explain away Jesus s obedience in life but he lived in a way which mirrors how we must live He shows us just how much power is ours through the Spirit, the same Spirit which raised us from death to life.His identity, then, as the Spirit anointed Messiah is fundamentally that of a man empowered by the Spirit to carry out what he was called upon to do p 43 In close connection with this, Ware points out that the growth that the Gospels talk about in connection with Jesus came about because the Spirit illuminated the Word of God to Jesus s mind and cultivated that Word in his heart as Jesus read, studied, heard, and was taught p 52 You also see this in the temptation of Jesus where instead of speaking a divine word, Jesus uses Scripture His mind was soaked in Scripture for our benefit.The PointI mentioned at the beginning that I had read Nathaniel Claiborne s review at Marturo He says that there s a Nestorian flavor to Ware s emphasis on Jesus s humanity After reading his review, I echoed Nathaniel s rustiness in Chalcedonian Christology here s a brief review of Nestorian theology and here I read a few summaries from books and theological dictionaries to freshen my mind and then dove into Ware s book to see if I could pick out the same issue I will readily admit that I may be wrong I didn t find the same problem as Nathaniel Nestorianism is, as I understand it, teaches that Christ s divine nature were loosely connected or completely separate in its worst form Alan Cairns in his Dictionary of Theological Terms says Nestorius taught Mary gave birth to a man who was accompanied by the Logos p 301 I read the entire book in light of Ware s robust explanation of Philippians 2 There is no loose connection or separation Ware s structure is possessed unity and expressed day to day living.Nathaniel uses these examples to show the Nestorian flavor, W hile Christ was and is fully God and fully man, how do we best account for the way in which he lived his life and fulfilled his calling by seeing him carrying this out as God, or as man, or as God man 32 andI would argue that the most responsible answer biblically and theologically is the last, as the God man but that the emphasis must be placed on the humanity of Christ as the primary reality he expressed in his day by day life, ministry, and work.andJesus s obedience was not automatic, as though his divine nature simply eliminated any real struggle to believe or effort to obey No, in his human nature, Jesus fought for faith and struggled to obey otherwise the reality that Hebrews 5 7 describes is turned into theatrics and rendered disingenuous 65 andSome activities are tied, strictly speaking, only to one or the other of his two natures, and it is important that we discern this in order not to misunderstand either Christ s deity or his humanity 124 I m not sure in any of these passages and in light of what Ware has previously said that he is separating the divine natures Rather he s emphasizing the humanity the point of the book Nathaniel does rightly point out that the emphasis does not have to be on his humanity because that sets up the potential for inadvertently dissolving the unity of the person here In the end Ware does emphasis the humanity of Christ but he doesn t dissolve the unity or separate the two Do any of my readers read a lot of historical theology from this time period and are you able to providelight What say you The EndIn the end, I recommend The Man Christ Jesus Read carefully as always and take special note of the first couple chapters in the book They set the stage for the points which came later

  2. says:

    Loved this book Ware says everything I ve never been able to articulate.

  3. says:

    Appreciated Bruce Ware s work which got me thinking about the humanity of Jesus Christdeeply than before I have always beenamazed at the deity of Jesus Christthan His humanity until about a year ago when I started realized how much the book of Hebrews has to say about the implication of Jesus humanity The book is an excellent treatment of the topic I m convinced by Ware s argument in chapter two that much of Jesus life and ministry was Christ s humanity empowered by the Ho Appreciated Bruce Ware s work which got me thinking about the humanity of Jesus Christdeeply than before I have always beenamazed at the deity of Jesus Christthan His humanity until about a year ago when I started realized how much the book of Hebrews has to say about the implication of Jesus humanity The book is an excellent treatment of the topic I m convinced by Ware s argument in chapter two that much of Jesus life and ministry was Christ s humanity empowered by the Holy Spirit rather than Jesus invoking or utilizing His Divinity Of course there are exception such as Jesus ability to forgive sin, which only God can do It was moving to read this book and see the humility of Jesus, who though in being very nature God became incarnate as a man and had to increase in wisdom and even grow in his faith just like everybody else Chapter four powerfully demonstrated that Jesus also needed to grow in His humanity spiritually to be ready to face the cross for our sins The chapter on Jesus temptation was worth buying the book alone entering into the classic debate about Jesus impeccability, Ware argues that there is a distinction between Jesus could not sin versus Jesus did not sin He gives a wonderful illustration of a swimmer who could not drown because his friends were in a boat behind him while the reason why he did not drown was really because he did the work of swimming The book also had a chapter focusing on why Jesus had to be a man, that is a response to some egalitarians and Evangelical feminists who see Jesus masculinity is accidental to Him being the Messiah Overall, an excellent book to read I appreciated how each chapter ended with an application section and questions for discussion I was worshiping God as I read the book

  4. says:

    This excellent little book covers an often neglected topic that has significant implications for our understanding of Jesus what it means to follow him What does it mean for God to take on human nature What was the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus What did it mean for Jesus to grow from infant to boy to adult Etc etc This book makes difficult theological concepts clear It also finishes each chapter with application points and discussion questions I highly recommend it This excellent little book covers an often neglected topic that has significant implications for our understanding of Jesus what it means to follow him What does it mean for God to take on human nature What was the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus What did it mean for Jesus to grow from infant to boy to adult Etc etc This book makes difficult theological concepts clear It also finishes each chapter with application points and discussion questions I highly recommend it

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    Ware sets out to write a practical, accessible, and devotional reflection on the importance of the truth of Christ s humanity to ordinary Christians It is certainly readable and generally clear He ends each chapter with application thoughts, which essentially flesh out why the emphasis of a particular chapter matters And he firmly maintains Christ s fully divinity alongside his full humanity All these are commendable things about the book.That said, I don t think I would recommend it, even f Ware sets out to write a practical, accessible, and devotional reflection on the importance of the truth of Christ s humanity to ordinary Christians It is certainly readable and generally clear He ends each chapter with application thoughts, which essentially flesh out why the emphasis of a particular chapter matters And he firmly maintains Christ s fully divinity alongside his full humanity All these are commendable things about the book.That said, I don t think I would recommend it, even for it s intended audience The two biggest reasons are as follows A The hook he uses to introduce the importance of Christ s humanity is the question, how can it be right for the biblical authors to command us to live holy lives like Jesus eg 1 Pet 2 21 , when he has the advantage of being God I would argue that this is a flawed question because 1 Whether or not Jesus had an advantage because of his divinity, it is still right that we are held to God s standard of holiness What we ought to do is not constrained by what we can do, but by what is right to do 2 Even if Jesus did not live his life accessing his divine nature, but simply as a Spirit empowered man, he still had the unfair advantage of having no indwelling sin So the initial question isn t even really resolved by the presented solution This kind of question seems like a really unhelpful way to think about our duty to follow Christ s example.B In trying to explain how it can be that Jesus is fully God and fully man, but only living as a Spirit empowered man, Ware s descriptions make Jesus sound very divided He provides hungering as an exercise of Jesus human nature, and his forgiveness of sins as an exercise of his divine nature But how can a nature forgive sin Isn t it rather that his divine nature identity is what gives Jesus the person the authority to forgive sin Don t persons forgive, not natures In these kinds of explanations, Jesus sounds less like one person, andlike two something Ware does not intend to communicate Again, this kind of thinking is a really unhelpful way to think about Christ s person, as it not only distinguishes but divides Christ s two natures from one another One side affect of that is that even the unity of the Trinity is also strained if Jesus lived as a Spirit empowered man, not in his divine nature as the Son, what does that say about how the Spirit and the Son work in the lives of Christians now Do we only live in dependence on the Spirit, and not the Son In eternity past, do the Father, Son and Spirit carry out activities independently.Practically, this matters because A It is important to believe rightly about Jesus and who he is The mystery of the incarnation should drive us to marvel and worship, as Ware wants but we must worship rightly B Jesus perfect life is a model to us because he lived as we ought to live, in perfect obedience to the Father But his perfection is not an unfair advantage, but an encouragement to us as we work to obey Someone who has done it is working in us, through his indwelling Spirit Praise the Lord for his unfair advantage , which is now ours, through his death and resurrection.The humanity of Christ is an important doctrine, and I m thankful for Ware s effort to make the doctrineaccessible But for these concerns, I can t commend this book as a useful tool on its own for considering that doctrine

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    Because the writer of this book has accepted the dualistic premises of Greek Platonism as givens this book is one long list of irreconcilable contradictions Ware is onto something about every meaningful accomplishment of Jesus being 100% predicated on his being a human person, a man But the orthodox traditions that he accepts compel him to make countless parenthetical statements about the divine second person or Jesus s divine nature, a concept that really has no foundation in the Bible Because the writer of this book has accepted the dualistic premises of Greek Platonism as givens this book is one long list of irreconcilable contradictions Ware is onto something about every meaningful accomplishment of Jesus being 100% predicated on his being a human person, a man But the orthodox traditions that he accepts compel him to make countless parenthetical statements about the divine second person or Jesus s divine nature, a concept that really has no foundation in the Bible.His views on the three instances of imputation in the Bible seem also to be problematic because of Adam s handing over dominion in the Garden, certain explanations of righteousness as explained in Justification by Wright, and Jesus not having personally committed any sins which was the reason death could not hold him even though he bore the sins of the world others.For those in search of Christological information that is historically informed, theologically sound, and philosophically agreeable to Biblical categories, I suggest readers of this book see What Is The Trinity by Dale Tuggy, or The God of Jesus In Light of Christian Dogma by Kegan Chandler.In short, my experience of this book was like sitting down to a meal of fish and finding nothing but bones and a few specs of sinew those being the Bible verses Ware quotes for his eisegetical arguments

  7. says:

    This was a great book The author writes in an understandable manner but brings out deep truths.How is it that Jesus was both and man As a man, could Jesus have sinned Was significance does being a man have upon the death and resurrection of Jesus And on His present and future reign And was it necessary for Jesus to be male, not only human, but a male human Ware answers all these questions andLots in this book to get your mind stirred up in just the right way.

  8. says:

    Good introductory work on Christology though Ware admits that this isn t a full Christological work Ware s discussion on Jesus s temptations being real was incredibly helpful He has some odd analogies in places, particularly his new car analogy but overall a helpful book.

  9. says:

    Highly recommend Very good book that delves into the often misunderstood humanity of Christ and why it is so important that Christ was 100% God AND 100% Man

  10. says:

    Sometimes when we think of Christ in his Humanity and his Diety, we can assume that what Christ went thru to redeem us sinners was easy, however, Mr Ware assures you that Christ humanity was anything but easy, it was difficult and beautiful We often assume much with Christ and not think deeply of these truths Some parts of the book was redundant, however, it has a purpose and the purpose shows the love of Christ that we don t realize fully The chapters different aspects of Christ humanity s Sometimes when we think of Christ in his Humanity and his Diety, we can assume that what Christ went thru to redeem us sinners was easy, however, Mr Ware assures you that Christ humanity was anything but easy, it was difficult and beautiful We often assume much with Christ and not think deeply of these truths Some parts of the book was redundant, however, it has a purpose and the purpose shows the love of Christ that we don t realize fully The chapters different aspects of Christ humanity such as Christ being a man and why he came as a man Mr Ware asks questions that I don t really think about so in doing so causes me to thinkdeeply Mr Ware also brings you to the answer or an understanding as well It is important to realize that Jesus fought for faith and struggled to obey in his humanaity This quote summarizes the humanity of Christ The relation of Christ s death for our sin to his humanity should be clear Because he bore our sin in his humanity, it was the humanity of Jesus, in particular, that was subject to death After all God cannot die God is eternal and self existent and possesses life in himself So, it is impossible strictly speaking, for God as God to die It goes on to say it was the humanity of Jesus that was reaised from the dead, and it is in the humanity of JEsus that is exalted to the Father s right hand to reign over all, and it will be in his humanity that he returns to earth.Mr Ware in great depth in the temptation of Christ with Satan showing the truth in that Satan offered Christ what he had the nations of the world which was what Christ came to secure But God s plan was the Cross and Satan s was to worship him This is a powerful statement What pathway do I take What do I worship Do I drop my arms of rebellion and my way to run to Christ and his humanity I invite you to think on these things The humanity of Christ is a beautiful, lovely, and his mercy is great Drop your arms and run to him

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