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Spirit of Prophecy Statements
Spirit of Prophecy Statements on the Human Nature of Christ
is an extensive collection of Spirit of Prophecy statements on the human
nature of Christ. But it is far from complete! There are over 400 such
statements, so these constitute only a small fraction.
is remarkable how many different ways that the Inspired Writings is able
to describe the fact that Christ took the nature that you and I have,
But there is a reason for this: The nature of Christ is an integral part
of the plan of salvation. So this is a matter which concerns each of us
deeply. It is surely not a truth which men ought to attempt to deny!
we want a deep problem to study, let us fix our minds on the most
marvelous thing that ever took place in earth or heaven, the incarnation
of the Son of God." 7 Bible Commentaries, 904.
humanity of the Son of God is everything to us. It is the golden chain
that binds our souls to Christ and through Christ to God." Our
High Calling. 48.
came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to
give us the example of a sinless life. " Desire of Ages. 49.
great work of redemption could be carried out only by the Redeemer
taking the place of fallen Adam. . He would take man's fallen nature and
engage to cope with the strong foe who triumphed over Adam '
" Review, February 24, 1874.
humanity of Christ reached to the very depths of human wretchedness and
identified itself with the weaknesses and necessities of fallen man,
while His divine nature grasped the Eternal. . Christ's work was to
reconcile man to God through His human nature, and God to man through
His divine nature. " Review August 4, 1874.
victory gained was designed not only to set an example to those who have
fallen under the power of appetite, but to qualify the Redeemer for
His special work of reaching to the very depths of human woe. By
experiencing in Himself the strength of Satan's temptation, and of human
sufferings and infirmities. He would know how to succor those who should
put forth efforts to help themselves. " Review, March 18, 1875.
knows how strong are the inclinations of the natural heart, and He will
help in every time of temptation. " 5 Testimonies, 177.
pride be harbored after you have seen Deity humbling Himself, and then
as man debasing Himself till there was no lower point to which He
could descend," Review, July 5, 1887.
then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood. He also Himself
likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him
that had the power of death, that is, the devil. "Hebrews 2: 14.
when the fulness of the time was come. God sent forth his Son, made of a
woman, made under the law," Galatians 4:4,
what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh. God
sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin,
condemned sin in the flesh." Romans 8:3.
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 4:3-4.
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. Look
to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought.
" 2 John 7-8.
made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a
man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death
of the cross." Philippians 2:7-8.
Son of God humbled Himself and took man's nature after the race had
wandered four thousand years from Eden, and from their original state
of purity and uprightness. Sin had been making its terrible marks upon
the race for ages; and physical, mental, and moral degeneracy prevailed
throughout the human family. . Christ bore the sins and infirmities of
the race as they existed when He came to the earth to help man. " I
Selected Messages, 267-268.
of Christ's humiliation. He took upon Himself fallen, suffering human
nature, degraded and defiled by sin. . He endured all the temptations
wherewith man is beset. He united humanity with divinity: a divine
Spirit dwelt in a temple of flesh." 4 Bible Commentary, 1147.
have been coming to me, affirming that Christ could not have had the
same nature as man, for if He had, He would have fallen under similar
temptations. If He did not have man's nature, He could not be our
example. If He was not a partaker of our nature, He could not have been
tempted as man has been. If it were not possible for Him to yield to
temptation, He could not be our helper. It was a solemn reality that
Christ came to fight the battles as man, in man's behalf. His temptation
and victory tell us that humanity must copy the Pattern; man must become
a partaker of the divine nature." Review. February 18, 1890.
by His own example, made it evident that man may stand in integrity. Man
may have a power to resist evil—a power that neither earth, nor death,
nor hell can master; a power that will place them where they may
overcome as Christ overcame. Divinity and humanity may be combined in
them:' Review, February 18, 1890.
who was one with the Father stepped down from His glorious throne in
heaven, laid aside His royal robe and crown, and clothed His divinity
with humanity, thus bringing Himself to the level of man's feeble
faculties:' Review, December 11, 1888.
combination of man and God! He might have helped His human nature to
withstand the inroads of disease by pouring from His divine nature
vitality and undecaying vigor to the human, but He humbled Himself to
man's nature. . God became man:' Review. September 4, 1900.
that the sins of a guilty world were laid upon Christ, notwithstanding
the humiliation of taking upon Himself our fallen nature, the voice from
heaven declared Him to be the Son of the Eternal." Desire of
Ages. 112. "He humbled Himself and took mortality upon
Him." The Faith I Live by, 46.
came to this world in human form to live a man among men. He assumed the
liabilities of human nature, to be proved and tried." Signs,
June 9, 1905.
who knew not the least taint of sin or defilement, took our nature in
its deteriorated condition. This was humiliation greater than finite
man can comprehend. . He stooped to poverty and to the deepest
abasement among men." 1 Selected Messages, 253.
condescended to connect our fallen nature with His divinity. . Having
taken our fallen nature. ."3 Selected Messages, 134.
did not make-believe take human nature, He did verily take it. He did
in reality possess human nature. 'As the children are partakers of
flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same' (Heb.
2: 14). He was the Son of Mary. He was the seed of David according to
human descent:' 5 Bible Commentary, 1130.
human nature fitted Christ to understand the nature of man's trials,
and all the temptations wherewith he is beset. . It was in the order
of God that Christ should take upon Himself the form and nature of
fallen man that He might be made perfect through suffering and Himself
endure the strength of Satan's fierce temptations, that He might
understand how to succor those who should be tempted." Spirit of
Prophecy, Vol. 2, 39.
was not a make-believe humanity that Christ took upon Himself. He took
human nature, and lived human nature. . Christ's life represents a
perfect manhood. Just that which you may be He was in human nature. He
took our infirmities. He was not only made flesh, but He was made in the
likeness of sinful flesh:' 5 Bible Commentary, 1124 (Letter No. 106,
did not have a mere semblance of a body, but took human nature,
participating in the life of humanity. "7 Bible Commentary, 925.
in the vestments of humanity, the Son of God came down to the level of
those He wished to save. In Him was no guile or sinfulness. He was ever
pure and undefiled; yet He took upon Him our sinful nature. Clothing His
divinity with humanity, that He might associate with fallen
humanity." Review, December 15,1896.
behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren." Hebrews 2:17.
Jesus took human nature, and became in fashion as a man, He possessed
all the human organism. His necessities were the necessities of a man.
He had bodily wants to be supplied, bodily weariness to be relieved. By
prayer to the Father He was braced for duty and trial." 5 Bible
came as a helpless babe, bearing the humanity we bear. " 7 Bible
became like one of us except in sin." Youth's Instructor, October
what Christ's obedience means to us! It means that in His strength we
too may obey. Christ was a human being. He served His heavenly Father
with all the strength of His human nature. He has a twofold nature, at
once human and divine. He is both God and man. " 6 Bible
He had all the strength of passion of humanity, never did He yield to
temptation to do one single act which was not pure and elevating and
ennobling. "In Heavenly Places, 155.
took upon His sinless nature our sinful nature, that He might know how
to succor those that are tempted." Medical Ministry, 181.
one of us He was to give an example of obedience. For this He took upon
Himself our nature, and passed through our experiences. . By His
humanity, Christ touched humanity; by His divinity, He lays hold upon
the throne of God. As the Son of man, He gave us an example of
obedience; as the Son of God, He gives us power to obey." Desire
oj Ages, 24.
our Saviour took humanity, with all its liabilities. He took the nature
of man with the possibility of yielding to temptation. "Desire
of Ages, 11 7.
became flesh, even as we are." Desire of Ages, 311.
a period of time Christ was on probation. He took humanity on Himself,
to stand the test and trial which the first Adam failed to endure. Had
He failed in His test and trial, He would have been disobedient to the
voice of God, and the world would have been lost." Signs, May 10,
[Christ] was to take His position at the head of humanity by taking the
nature but not the sinfulness of man." Signs, May 29, 1901.
into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to
come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He
permitted Him to meet life's perils in common with every human soul.
to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the
risk of failure and eternal loss. " Desire of Ages, 49.
our humanity Christ was to redeem Adam's failure. But when Adam was
assailed by the tempter, none of the effects of sin were upon him . . It
was not thus with Jesus when He entered the wilderness to cope with
Satan. For four thousand years the race had been decreasing in physical
strength, in mental power, and in moral worth; and Christ took upon Him
the infirmities of degenerate humanity. " Desire of Ages, 117.
nature of God, whose law had been transgressed, and the nature of Adam,
the transgressor, meet in Jesus—the Son of God and the Son of
man:'7 Bible Commentary, 926.
is the path that He traveled, and we may, with Him, experience the
self-denial and the suffering, and walk in this pathway imprinted by
His own blood." 2 Testimonies, 358-359.
taking upon Himself man's nature in its fallen condition, Christ did not
in the least participate in its sin. He was subject to the infirmities
and weaknesses by which man is encompassed, 'that it might be
fulfilled which was spoken by Isaias the prophet, saying, Himself took
our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.' He was touched with the
feeling of our infirmities, and was in all points tempted like as we
are. And yet 'knew no sin.' He was the lamb 'without blemish and without
spot.' Could Satan in the least particular have tempted Christ to sin,
he would have bruised the Saviour's head. As it was, he could only touch
His heel. Had the head of Christ been touched, the hope of the human
race would have perished. Divine wrath would have come upon Christ as it
came upon Adam. Christ and the church would have been without hope.
" 5 Bible Commentary, 1131.
bore the sins and infirmities of the race as they existed when He came
to the earth to help man. In behalf of the race, with the weaknesses
of fallen man upon Him, He was to stand the temptations of Satan upon
all points wherewith man would be assailed," 1 Selected Messages,
had asserted that men could not keep the commandments of God, To prove
that they could Christ became a man, and lived a life of perfect
obedience through divine power," Signs, May 10, 1899.
study of the incarnation of Christ is a fruitful field, which will repay
the searcher who digs deep for hidden truth." 1 Selected Messages,
His closing hours, while hanging upon the cross, He experienced to the
fullest extent what man must experience when striving against sin. He
realized how bad a man may become by yielding to sin." Youth's
Instructor, July 20, 1899.
great work of redemption could be carried forward only by the Redeemer
taking the place of fallen Adam. . He would take man's fallen
nature." Review February 24, 1874.
was not in as favorable position in the desolate wilderness to endure
the temptations of Satan as was Adam when he was tempted in Eden. The
Son of God humbled Himself and took man's nature after the race had
wandered four thousand years from Eden, and from their original state of
purity and uprightness. Sin had been making its terrible marks upon the
race for ages; and physical, mental. and moral degeneracy prevailed
throughout the human family.
Adam was assailed by the tempter in Eden he was without the taint of
sin. He stood in the strength of his perfection before God. All the
organs and faculties of his being were equally developed, and
in the wilderness of temptation, stood in Adam's place to bear the test
he failed to endure. Here Christ overcame in the sinner's behalf, four
thousand years after Adam turned his back upon the light of his home,
Separated from the presence of God, the human family had been departing,
every successive generation, farther from the original purity, wisdom,
and knowledge which Adam possessed in Eden. Christ bore the sins and
infirmities of the race as they existed when He came to the earth to
help man. In behalf of the race, with the weaknesses of fallen man upon
Him, He was to stand the temptations of Satan upon all points wherewith
man would be assailed, .
what contrast is the second Adam as He entered the gloomy wilderness to
cope with Satan single-handed! Since the fall the race had been
decreasing in size and physical strength, and sinking lower in the scale
of moral worth, up to the period of Christ's advent to the earth, And in
order to elevate man, Christ must reach him where he was, He took human
nature, and bore the infirmities and degeneracy of the race. He, who
knew no sin, became sin for us (2 Cor, 5: 21 ). He humiliated Himself to
the lowest depths of human woe, that He might be qualified to reach man,
and bring him up from the degradation in which sin had plunged him.
'For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things,
in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation
perfect through sufferings' " (Heb. 2: 10) [Heb. 5:9; 2: 17-18,
'For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we
are, yet without sin' (Heb, 4: 15)." Review, July 28, 1874.
has entered the world as Satan's destroyer , . He would leave an
example in His own victorious life for man to follow and overcome the
temptations of Satan. ,
thus entered upon His life of conflict to overcome the mighty foe, in
bearing the very test Adam failed to endure, that, through successful
conflict, He might break the power of Satan, and redeem the race from
the disgrace of the fall.
humanity of Christ reached to the very depths of human wretchedness, and
identified itself with the weaknesses and necessities of fallen man,
while His divine nature grasped the Eternal. .
first temptation to Christ was upon appetite. He had, upon this point,
almost entire control of the world, and his temptations were adapted to
the circumstances and surroundings of Christ, which made his temptations
upon appetite almost overpowering
hoped to insinuate doubts as to His Father's love that would find a
lodgment in the mind of Christ, and that under the force of despondency
and extreme hunger He would exert His miraculous power in His own
behalf, and take Himself out of the hands of His heavenly Father. This
was indeed a temptation to Christ. But He cherished it not for a moment.
He did not for a single moment doubt His heavenly Father's love,
although He seemed to be bowed down with inexpressible anguish. Satan's
temptations, though skillfully devised, did not move the integrity of
God's dear Son. His abiding confidence in His Father could not be
was to bear the trial and temptation of man, in man's behalf, under the
most trying circumstances, and leave an example of faith and perfect
trust in His heavenly Father.
knew that Adam in Eden, with his superior advantages, might have
withstood the temptations of Satan, and conquered him. He also knew that
it was not possible for man, out of Eden, separated from the light and
love of God since the fall, to resist the temptations of Satan in his
own strength. In order to bring hope to man, and save him from complete
ruin, He humbled Himself to take man's nature, that, with His divine
power combined with the human, He might reach man where he is. He
obtains for the fallen sons and daughters of Adam that strength which it
is impossible for them to gain for themselves, that in His name they
may overcome the temptations of Satan.
exalted Son of God in assuming humanity draws Himself nearer to man by
standing as the sinner's Substitute. He identifies Himself with the
sufferings and afflictions of men. He was tempted in all points as man
is tempted, that He might know how to succor those who should be
tempted. Christ overcame in the sinner's behalf." l Selected
also told them (angels! that they would have a part to act, to be with
Him and at different times to strengthen Him; that He would take man's
fallen nature, and His strength would not be equal with theirs. .
[Satan] . . told his angels that when Jesus should take fallen man's
nature, he could overpower Him and hinder the accomplishment of the
plan of salvation. " Early Writings, 150-153.
. . took upon Himself the infirmities and bore the griefs and sorrows of
humanity, and conquered in our behalf. He was made like unto His
brethren, with the same susceptibilities, mental and physical. He was
tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin. Review,
February 10, 1885.
who claim that it was not possible for Christ to sin, cannot believe
that He really took upon Himself human nature; but was not Christ
actually tempted not only by Satan in the wilderness, but all through
His life from childhood to manhood. In all points He was tempted as we
are, and because He successfully resisted temptation under every form,
He gave man the perfect example, and through the provisions Christ has
made, we may become partakers of His divine nature, having escaped the
corruption which is in the world through lust. Jesus says, to him that
overcometh will I grant to sit with Me on My throne even as I also
overcame, and am set down with My Father on His throne. Here is the
beginning of our confidence, which we must hold unto the end.
Jesus resisted Satan's temptations, He will help us to resist. He came
to bring divine power to combine with human efforts. Jesus was free from
all sin and error; there was no trace of imperfection in His life or
character. " Manuscript 16, 1890.
Christ, divinity and humanity were combined. Divinity was not degraded
to humanity; divinity held its place, but humanity by being united to
divinity withstood the fiercest test of temptation in the wilderness.
The prince of this world came to Christ after His long fast, when He was
an hungered, and suggested to Him to command the stones to become bread.
But the plan of God, devised for the salvation of man, provided that
Christ should know hunger, and poverty, and every phase of man's
experience. He withstood the temptation through the power that man may
command. He laid hold on the throne of God, and there is not a man or
woman who may not have access to the same help through faith in God. Man
may become a partaker of the divine nature; not a soul lives who may
not summon the aid of Heaven in temptation and trial. Christ came to
reveal the Source of His power, that man might never rely on his unaided
human capabilities. . Men may have a power to resist evil—a power that
neither earth, nor death, nor hell can master; a power that will place
them where they may overcome as Christ overcame," l Selected
the fallen angel, had declared that no man could keep the law of God
after the disobedience of Adam. He claimed the whole race under his
Son of God placed Himself in the sinner's stead, and passed over the
ground where Adam fell, and endured the temptation in the wilderness
which was a hundredfold stronger than was or ever will be brought to
bear upon the human race. Jesus resisted the temptations of Satan in the
same manner that every tempted soul may resist, by referring him to the
inspired record and saying, 'It is written.'
overcame the temptations as a man. Every man may overcome as Christ
overcame. He humbled Himself for us. He was tempted in all points like
as we are. He redeemed Adam's disgraceful failure and fall and was
conqueror, thus testifying to all the unfallen worlds and to fallen
humanity that man could keep the commandments of God through the
divine power granted to him from heaven. Jesus the Son of God humbled
Himself for us, endured temptation for us, overcame in our behalf, to
show us how we may overcome; He has thus bound up His interests with
humanity by the closest ties, and has given the positive assurance that
we shall not be tempted above that we are able, for with the temptation
He will make a way of escape.
only did Christ give explicit rules showing how we may become obedient
children, but He showed us in His own life and character just how to do
those things which are right and acceptable with God, so there is no
excuse why we should not do those things which are pleasing in His
are ever to be thankful that Jesus has proved to us by actual facts that
man may keep the commandments of God, giving contradiction to Satan's
falsehood that man cannot keep them. The Great Teacher came to our world
to stand at the head of humanity. to thus elevate and sanctify
humanity by His holy obedience to all God's requirements showing it is
possible to obey all the commandments of God. He has demonstrated that
a lifelong obedience is possible. Thus He gives chosen. representative
men to the world, as the Father gave the Son, to exemplify in their life
the life of Jesus Christ.
need not place the obedience of Christ by itself as something for which
He was particularly adapted, by His particular divine nature, for He
stood before God as man's representative and was tempted as man's
substitute and surety. If Christ had a special power which it is not the
privilege of man to have, Satan would have made capital of this matter.
The work of Christ was to take from the claims of Satan his control of
man, and he could do this only in the way that He became man, tempted as
a man, rendering the obedience of a man. .
in mind that Christ's overcoming and obedience is that of a true human
being. In our conclusions, we make many mistakes because of our
erroneous views of the human nature of our Lord. When we give, to His
human nature, a power that is not possible for man to have in his
conflicts With Satan, we destroy the completeness of His humanity. His
imputed grace and power He gives to all who receive Him by faith. The
obedience of Christ to His Father was the same obedience that is
required of man.
cannot overcome Satan's temptations without divine power to combine with
his instrumentality. So With Jesus, He could lay hold on divine power.
He came not to our world to give the obedience of a lesser God to a
greater, but as a man to obey God's law, and in this He is our example.
Lord Jesus came to our world, not to reveal what a God could do, but
what a man could do, through faith in God's power to help in every
emergency. Man is, through faith, to be a partaker in the divine nature,
and to overcome every temptation wherewith he is beset. The Lord now
demands that every son and daughter of Adam, through faith in Jesus
Christ, serve Him in human nature which we now have.
Lord Jesus has bridged the gulf that sin has made. He has connected
earth with heaven, and finite man With the infinite God. Jesus, the
world's Redeemer, could only keep the commandments of God in the same
way that humanity can keep them. 'Whereby are given unto us exceeding
great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the
divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world
through lust' (2 Peter 1:4) . . We must practice the example of Christ,
bearing in mind His Sonship and His humanity. It was not God that was
tempted in the wilderness, nor a god that was to endure the
contradiction of sinners against Himself. It was the Majesty of heaven
who became a man—humbled Himself to our nature. " Manuscript
Releases. Vol. 6, 342.
did in reality unite the offending nature of man with His own sinless
nature, because by this act of condescension He would be enabled to
pour out His blessing in behalf of the fallen race." Review, July
God He could not be tempted: but as a man He could be tempted, and that
human body and a human mind were His. He was bone of our bone and flesh
of our flesh. He was subjected to poverty from His first entrance into
the world. He was subject to disappointment and trial in His own home,
among His own brethren. He was not surrounded, as in the heavenly
courts, with pure and lovely characters. He was compassed with
difficulties. He came into our world to maintain a pure, sinless
character . . in just that way in which all may live the law in human
nature if they will do as Christ was doing. He had inspired holy men
of old to write for the benefit of man: 'Let him take hold of My
strength, that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with
Me' (Isa. 27:5). "Abundant provision has been made that finite,
fallen man may so connect with God that, through the same Source by
which Christ overcame in His human nature, he may stand firmly against
every temptation, as did Christ. He was subject to inconveniences that
human nature is subjected to. He breathed the air of the same world we
breathe. He stood and traveled in the same world we inhabit, which we
have positive evidence, was no more friendly to grace and righteousness
than it is today.
higher attributes of His being it is our privilege to have, if we will,
through the provisions He has made, appropriate these blessings and
diligently cultivate the good in the place of evil. We have reason,
conscience, memory, will, affections—all the attributes a human being
can possess. Through the provision made when God and the Son of God made
a covenant to rescue man from the bondage of Satan, every facility was
provided that human nature should come into union with His divine
nature. In such a nature was our Lord tempted. He could have yielded
to Satan's lying suggestions as did Adam, but we should adore and
glorify the Lamb of God that He did not in a Single point yield one jot
or one tittle. Through being partakers of the divine nature we may stand
pure and holy and undefiled. The Godhead was not made human, and
human was not deified by the blending together of the two natures.
Christ did not possess the same sinful, corrupt, fallen disloyalty we
possess, for then He could not be a perfect offering." 3 Selected
the royal courts of heaven Christ came down to our world to represent
the character of His Father, and thus help humanity to return to their
loyalty. The image of Satan was upon men, and Christ came that He might
bring to them moral power and efficiency. He came as a helpless babe,
bearing the humanity we bear. 'As children are partakers of flesh and
blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same.' He could not
come in the form of an angel; for unless He met man as man, and
testified by His connection with God that divine power was not given to
Him in a different way to what it will be given to us, He could not be a
perfect example for us. He came in humility, in order that the humblest
being upon the face of the earth could have no excuse because of his
poverty or ignorance, and say, Because of these things, I cannot obey
the law of Jehovah. Christ clothed His divinity with humanity, that
humanity might touch humanity, that He might live with humanity, and
bear all the trials and afflictions of man. He was tempted in all points
like as we are, yet without sin. In His humanity He understood all the
temptations that will come to man." 7 Bible Commentary, 925.
was to come as one of the human family, and to stand as a man before
heaven and earth. He had come to take man's place, to pledge Himself
in man's behalf, to pay the debt that sinners owed. He was to live a
pure life on earth, and show that Satan told a falsehood when he claimed
that the human family belonged to him forever, and that God could not
take men out of his hands. 'He became one with us.' " Youth's Instructor,
November 21, 1895.
was not make-believe humanity that Christ took upon Himself. He took
human nature, and lived human nature. . Christ's life represents a
perfect manhood. Just that which you may be,
was in human nature. He took our infirmities. He was not only made
flesh, He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh." 5 Bible Commentary,
1124 (Letter 106, 1896).
declared that it was impossible for the sons and daughters of Adam to
keep the law of God, and thus charged upon God a lack of wisdom and
love. . Jesus humbled Himself, clothing His divinity with humanity, in
order that He might stand as the head and representative of the human
family, and by both precept and example condemn sin in the flesh, and
give the lie to Satan's charges. He was subjected to the fiercest
temptations that human nature can know, yet He sinned not; for sin is
the transgression of the law. . Although tempted upon all points even
as men are tempted, He sinned not. He did not surrender His allegiance
to God, as did Adam. . But He fulfilled every specification of the law,
and condemned sin in the flesh. .
was manifested in the flesh to condemn sin in the flesh, by manifesting
perfect obedience to all the law of God. Christ did no sin, neither was
guile found in His mouth. He corrupted not human nature, and though in
the flesh, He transgressed not the law of God in any particular. More
than this, He removed every excuse from fallen man that he could urge
for a reason for not keeping the law of God. Christ was compassed with
the infirmities of humanity, He was beset with the fiercest temptations,
tempted in all points like as men, yet He developed a perfectly upright
character. No taint of sin was found upon Him." Signs, January
He had no taint of sin upon His character, yet He condescended to
connect our fallen nature with His divinity. By thus taking humanity.
He honored humanity. Having taken our fallen nature, He showed what it
might become, by accepting the ample provision He had made for it, and
becoming a partaker of the divine nature." 3 Selected Messages,
may study with profit the experience of the first Adam in contrast with
that of the second Adam. . Christ, the second Adam, came to a world
polluted and marred, to live a life of perfect obedience. The race,
weakened in moral power, was unable to cope with Satan, who ruled his
objects with cruel authority. Christ came to stand on the field of
battle in warfare against all the satanic forces. By representing in His
life the character of God, He sought to win man back to his allegiance.
bearing human nature, He [Christ] was dependent on the Omnipotent for
His life. In His humanity, He laid hold of the divinity of God; and this
every member of the human family has the privilege of doing. Christ
did nothing that human nature may not do if it partakes of the divine
we repent of our transgression, and receive Christ as the
Lifegiver, our personal Saviour, we may become one with Him, and
our will is brought into harmony with the divine will. We become
partakers of the life of Christ, which is eternal. We derive immortality
from God by receiving the life of Christ; for in Christ dwells all the
fullness of the Godhead bodily. This life is the mystical union and
cooperation of the divine with the human." Signs, 23, June 17,
Lord Jesus has made a great sacrifice in order to meet man where he is.
He took not the nature of angels. He did not come to save angels. It is
the seed of Abraham that He is helping. 'I came not to call the
righteous, but sinners to repentance.' Christ helps humanity by taking
human nature." 7 Bible Commentary, 927.
was born without a taint of sin, but came into the world in like manner
as the human family. He did not have a mere semblance of a body, but
He took human nature, participating in the life of humanity." 5
Manuscript Releases, 115
the fall of man, Satan declared that human beings were proved to be
incapable of keeping the law of God, and he sought to carry the universe
with him in this belief. Satan's words appeared to be true, and Christ
came to unmask the deceiver. The Majesty of heaven undertook the cause
of man, and with the same facilities that man may obtain, withstood the
temptations of Satan as man must withstand them. This was the only way
in which fallen man could become a partaker of the divine nature. In
taking human nature Christ was fitted to understand man's trials and
sorrows and all the temptations wherewith he is beset. Angels who were
unacquainted with sin could not sympathize with man in his peculiar
trials. Christ condescended to take man's nature, and was tempted in all
points like as we, that He might know how to succor all who should be
assuming humanity Christ took the part of every human being. He was the
Head of humanity. A Being divine and human, with His long human arm He
could encircle humanity, while with His divine arm He could lay hold of
the throne of the Infinite.
a sight was this for heaven to look upon! Christ, who knew not the least
taint of sin or defilement, took our nature in its deteriorated
condition. . Christ came to the earth, taking humanity and standing as
man's representative, to show in the controversy with Satan that man, as
God created him, connected with the Father and the Son, could obey every
divine requirement. .
Christ was unmoved. He felt the strength of this temptation; but He met
it in our behalf, and conquered. And He used only the weapons
justifiable for human beings to use—the Word of Him who is mighty in
counsel'—It is written'.
must open our understanding to realize that Christ laid aside His royal
robe, His kingly crown, His high command, and clothed His divinity
with humanity, that He might meet man where he was, and bring to the
human family moral power to become the sons and daughters of God. To
redeem man, Christ became obedient unto death, even the death of the
humanity of the Son of God is everything to us. It is the golden chain
that binds our souls to Christ, and through Christ to God. This is to be
our study. Christ was a real man; He gave proof of His humility in
becoming a man. Yet He was God in the flesh. When we approach this
subject, we would do well to heed the words spoken by Christ to Moses at
the burning bush, 'Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place
whereon thou standest is holy ground' (Ex. 3:5). We should come to this
study with the humility of a learner, with a contrite heart. And the
study of the incarnation of Christ is a fruitful field, which will repay
the searcher who digs deep for hidden truth." Youth's Instructor,
October 13, 1898 (1 Selected Messages. 243244).
would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to
take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But
Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand
years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the
working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown
in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such an heredity
to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a
sinless life. "Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in
the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned.
He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into
the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a
helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him
to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the
battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure
and eternal loss. " Desire of Ages, 49.
Him who had laid off His glory and accepted the weakness of humanity the
redemption of the world must rest. He saw and felt it all, but His
purpose remained steadfast. Upon His arm depended the salvation of the
fallen race, and He reached out His hand to grasp the hand of Omnipotent
love. " Desire of Ages, 111.
had pointed to Adam's sin as proof that God's law was unjust, and could
not be obeyed. In our humanity, Christ was to redeem Adam's failure. But
when Adam was assailed by the tempter, none of the effects of sin were
upon him. He stood in the strength of perfect manhood, possessing the
full vigor of mind and body. He was surrounded with the glories of Eden,
and was in daily communion with heavenly beings. It was not thus with
Jesus when He entered the wilderness to cope with Satan. For four thousand
years the race had been decreasing in physical strength, in mental
power, and in moral worth; and Christ took upon Him the infirmities of
degenerate humanity. Only thus could He rescue man from the lowest
depths of his degradation. "Many claim that it was impossible for
Christ to be overcome by temptation. Then He could not have been placed
in Adam's position; He could not have gained the victory that Adam
failed to gain. If we have in any sense a more trying conflict than had
Christ, then He would not be able to Succor us. But our Saviour took
humanity with all its liabilities. He took the nature of man, with the
possibility of yielding to temptation. We have nothing to bear, which He
has not endured. . From the time of Adam to that of Christ,
self-indulgence had increased the power of the appetites and passions,
until they had almost unlimited control. Thus men had become debased and
diseased, and of themselves it was impossible for them to overcome. In
man's behalf, Christ conquered by enduring the severest test. For our
sake He exercised a self-control stronger than hunger or death. And in
this first victory were involved other issues that enter into all our
conflicts with the powers of darkness. " Desire of Ages, 117.
uncontrolled indulgence and consequent disease and degradation that
existed at Christ's first advent will again exist, with intensity of
evil, before His second coming. .
our own strength it is impossible for us to deny the clamors of our
fallen nature. Through this channel Satan will bring temptation upon us.
Christ knew that the enemy would come to every human being, to take
advantage of hereditary weakness, and by false insinuations to ensnare
all whose trust is not in God. And by passing over the ground which
man must travel, our Lord has prepared the way for us to overcome. It is
not His will that we should be placed at a disadvantage in the conflict
with Satan. He would not have us intimidated and discouraged by the
assaults of the serpent. 'Be of good cheer,' He says; 'I have overcome
the world' (John 16:33). "Let him who is struggling against the
power of appetite look to the Saviour in the wilderness of temptation.
See Him in His agony upon the cross, as He exclaimed, 'I thirst.' He has
endured all that it is possible for us to bear. His victory is
ours." Desire of Ages, 122-123.
rested upon the wisdom and strength of His heavenly Father. He declares,
'The Lord will help Me; therefore shall I not be confounded . . and I
know that I shall not be ashamed. . Behold the Lord God will help Me.'
Pointing to His own example, He says to us, 'Who among you that feareth
the Lord. . that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust
in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God' Isa. 50:710).
'The prince of this world cometh,' said Jesus, 'and hath nothing in Me'
(John 14:30). There was in Him nothing that responded to Satan's
sophistry. He did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did He yield
to temptation. So it may be with us. Christ's humanity was united with
divinity; He was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the Holy
Spirit. And He came to make us partakers of the divine nature. So long
as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no more dominion over us. God
reaches for the hand of faith is us to direct it to lay fast hold upon
the divinity of Christ, that we may attain to perfection of character.
how this is to be accomplished, Christ has shown us. By what means did
He overcome in the conflict with Satan? . . 'It is written,' He said.
And unto us are given 'exceeding great and precious promises: that by
these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the
corruption that is in the world through lust' (2 Peter 1 :4). Every
promise in God's Word is ours. 'By every word that proceedeth out of the
mouth of God' are we to live. When assailed by temptation, look not to
circumstances or to the weakness of self, but to the power of the
Word. All its strength is yours. 'Thy Word,' says the psalmist, 'have I
hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.' 'By the Word of
Thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer' (Ps. 119:11;
17:4)." Desire of Ages, 123.
is no excuse for sinning. A holy temper, a Christlike life, is
accessible to every repenting, believing child of God.
ideal of Christian character is Christlikeness. As the Son of man was
perfect in His life, so His followers are to be perfect in their life.
Jesus was in all things made like unto His brethren. He became flesh,
even as we are. He was hungry and thirsty and weary. He was sustained
by food and refreshed by sleep. He shared the lot of man; yet He was the
blameless Son of God. He was God in the flesh. His character is to be
ours. The Lord says of those who believe in Him, 'I will dwell in them,
and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people'
(2 Cor. 6:16).
is the ladder that Jacob saw, the base resting on the earth, and the
topmost round reaching to the gate of heaven, to the very threshold of
glory. If that ladder had failed by a single step of reaching the earth,
we should have been lost. But Christ reaches us where we are. He took
our nature and overcame, that we through taking His nature might
overcome. Made 'in the likeness of sinful flesh' (Rom. 8:3), He lived
a sinless life." Desire of Ages. 311312.
what consisted the strength of the assault made upon Adam, which caused
his fall? It was not his indwelling sin; for God made Adam after His own
character, pure and upright. There were no corrupt principles in the
first Adam, no corrupt propensities or tendencies to evil. Adam was as
faultless as the angels before God's throne. . "His humanity had
felt the shock of Satan's tremendous effort to overcome Him, but the enemy
was vanquished and the human race was placed on vantage ground with God.
In His human nature Christ conquered in behalf of the fallen race. For
time and eternity man would be able to resist the power of the satanic
agencies by becoming partaker of the divine nature. He could keep the
law of God. . Every advantage that Christ had in the conflict He has
made it possible for man to have. . Oh, if men would avail themselves of
their advantages, they would in turn become victors over the powers of
darkness. "Manuscript Releases, Vol. 16, 86, 88.
stooped to take man's nature, that He might reveal the sentiments of God
toward the human race. Divine power was brought within the reach of all,
that sinful beings might reflect the image of God. Christ assumed our
nature in order to counterwork Satan's false principles. He came to give
by His ministry an expression of the mind of God. " Signs, May
was tempted by the enemy, and he fell. It was not indwelling sin, which
caused him to yield; for God made him pure and upright in His own image.
He was as faultless as the angels before His throne. There were in him
no corrupt principles, no tendencies to evil. But when Christ came to
meet the temptations of Satan, He bore 'the likeness of sinful flesh.'
" Signs, October 17, 1900.
of Christ's humiliation. He took upon Himself, fallen suffering human
nature, degraded and defiled by sin. He took our sorrows, bearing our
grief and shame. He endured all the temptations wherewith man is
beset. He united humanity with divinity, a divine spirit dwelt in a
temple of flesh. He united Himself with the temple. 'The Word was made
flesh and dwelt among us,' because by so doing He could associate with
the sinful sorrowing sons and daughters of Adam." Youth's
Instructor, December 20, 1900.
could not have been tempted in all points like as man is tempted had
their been no possibility of His falling. He was a free agent, placed
on probation, as was Adam and as is man. " Manuscript Releases,
Vol. 6, 1.
declared, where stands Satan's throne, there shall stand My cross, the
instrument of humiliation and suffering. No single principle of human
nature will I violate. Clothing My divinity with humility, I will endure
every temptation wherewith man is beset. I will call to My aid the
powers of heaven, that men and women, imbued with My Spirit, may
overcome as I overcame. . The working out of My purposes in behalf of degraded
humanity require that divine and human forces be combined.
" Manuscript, Vol. 5, 114.