The Dynamics of the|
By E.H. Jack Sequeira
The problem with this answer is that it cannot be substantiated explicitly by Scripture. Naturally, the fact Christ did keep the law perfectly in His humanity proved that man, controlled by God’s Spirit, can fully meet the law’s demands. But the Bible does not teach that this is the primary reason why Christ became a man.
While the Bible does point to Christ as our example, it does so only with reference to believers who have accepted Christ by faith and have experienced the new birth [1 Peter 2:21; Philippians 2:5-8]. But Scripture does not teach that this is the primary reason why Christ took on our human flesh. Those who emphasize Christ as our example without first clearly presenting Him as our Saviour give the impression that they are teaching the example theory of the atonement, which is why they are often accused of the heresy of perfectionism or legalism (see “From Controversy to Crisis” by Kenneth Samples, Christian Research Journal, Summer 1988, p. 9).
Scripture presents this as the primary reason for the Son of God being made flesh [Matthew 1:21; Galatians 4:4-5; Hebrews 2:14-17]. At the very heart of the doctrine of Christology is the glorious truth that Christ assumed humanity so that He could be the Saviour of the world. And only to those who have first received Him as their Saviour does He become to them an Example.
Sin is a dual problem; it is first of all a condition or a state, since to them a sinful nature is sin that automatically stands condemned. Accordingly, Christ had to take a sinless human nature in order vicariously to substitute for our sinful nature which stands condemned. They insist that if Christ had taken our sinful nature as we know it, He would automatically have been a sinner Himself in need of a Saviour. Secondly, His perfect life and sacrificial death substitute for our sinful performance. Thus by His sinless human nature which vicariously substitutes for our sinful nature and by His perfect performance (i.e., doing and dying), Christ vicariously redeemed mankind from sin. But this position presents a twofold problem:
All attempted solutions given to this ethical problem—such as “Christ is above the law,” or “since He volunteered to die in man's stead this makes it ethical”—are unacceptable. As we saw, law will not allow sin to be transferred from the guilty to the innocent. Only when the two are linked together, as it was illustrated in the sanctuary service, does the substitution become legally accepted [1 Corinthians 10:18].
|HIS DIVINE NATURE||HIS HUMAN NATURE|
|What He Is:||What He Was Made:|
|1. Son of God [Luke 1:35]||1. Son of Man [Luke 19:10]|
|2. Self-Existing [John 1:4]||2. Of a Woman [Galatians 4:4]|
|3. Spirit [John 4:24]||3. Flesh [John 1:14]|
|4. Equal with God [Philippians 2:6]||4. A Slave of God [Philippians 2:7]|
|5. Sinless [2 Corinthians 5:21]||5. Sin [2 Corinthians 5:21]|
|6. Independent [John 10:18]||6. Dependent [John 5:19, 30]|
|7. Immortal [1 Timothy 1:17]||7. Mortal [Hebrews 2:14-15]|
|8. Lawgiver [James 4:12]||8. Under Law [Galatians 4:4]|
Thus, by nature we: