Jesus Picture of Perfect God, or Perfect Man?

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“The truth is that the Man who walked among us was a demonstration, not of unveiled deity but perfect humanity.” A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy.

We often equate Jesus life on the earth as this great picture of God among us. However, this is not an appropriate statement. God did not come to this earth to completely reveal himself, but to completely reveal what was lost in the fall off mankind. Jesus is the picture of original humanity. Jesus is our example to live by, not as a picture of God, because we are not supposed to be “God” (for there is only one God) but we are supposed to be as God first created mankind, like Jesus. We are not to be god-like(per say), but Christ-like. We are not called to fill the role of God, but our role as men and women created of God.

Jesus was perfectly united with God in relationship and action. And because of this he was able to point others to the Father. Jesus did not point to himself as the embodiment of everything God was and is. He was nonetheless still God, but his purpose was to restore the knowledge of what it means to be human. He is the Second Adam. He reflects everything Adam was created to be. He was the restoration of a righteous heritage rather than sin nature. He communed and walked with God as man was originally supposed to. At every point Jesus restored, to a fallen and lost humanity, the knowledge of what it means to be human.

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6 responses to “Jesus Picture of Perfect God, or Perfect Man?

  1. Caleb

    I like this and the point you made.
    But,
    Ephesians 5:1
    Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.

    • thekeynote00

      Wow… really good point.. hmmm…
      I would have to conclude that Paul is still focusing on Christ, who lets not forget is God, rather than the Father God. For he then mentions “Christ,” and “Lord” after this first reference of God in verse 1.

      But, you make a really good point.
      Thank you for comment…

      I’m going to spend some thinking about this further.

  2. Yeshua is the Lord of Glory

    Hi thekeynote00.

    I wonder about a A.W. Tozer’s quote.My understanding is that Jesus is the express image of the invisible God.Could he then be the image of the perfect humanity before the fall?

    Jesus indeed came in the flesh (took on a human body).However,Jesus has only one nature.The nature of God his Father.I could be wrong here,but wasn’t Adam and Eve blameless,rather than sinless? Adam and Eve knew neither good or evil.I do not believe that this spoke of their nature, but rather their standing before God.That is before Adam willingly disobeyed God and ate the fruit. For he was not deceived by the serpent… (1 Timothy 2:14)

    This is why Jesus had to be born “the seed of the woman” in order to redeem mankind.Had Jesus took on the “nature” of our first father Adam,then he would not be Holy and separate from sinners. For he would have the same characteristics as Adam.Rather Jesus took on the infirmities of the “flesh”.He hungered,he slept and he wept.There is no doubt that Jesus suffered physical pain as well…

    Jesus,God in the flesh did not come to be an example of the perfect man…but to demonstrate God’s love for sinful humanity…

    • thekeynote00

      blameless/sinless… same thing. When we are blameless we are without spot or blemish, just as if we were sinless. Paul says, “now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith (Colossians 1:22-23).” We are made to be sinless before God not because we have become sinless on our own efforts, but because we we are covered by Jesus’ blood. However, Adam and Eve were created sinless, without spot or blemish before God, just like Christ “the [blameless/sinless] lamb who comes to take away the sins of the world.”

      I would agree with you in that Jesus does seem at times to be more of a demonstration of God than of perfect man. Colossians says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation (1:15).” However, Paul writes in Philippians 2:5-9,
      “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
      Who, being in very nature God,
      did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
      but made himself nothing,
      taking the very nature of a servant,
      being made in human likeness.
      And being found in appearance as a man,
      he humbled himself
      and became obedient to death—
      even death on a cross!
      Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
      and gave him the name that is above every name”

      This passage tends to support this idea, that yes Jesus is God in nature, but when he came to the earth it was to be a human. And then after the resurrection God exalted him to that illustration of the “invisible God” and gave him the title LORD, the name above every name. So before his death he was the picture of “perfect humanity” and after the illustration of the invisible “LORD.”

      I would also so say that A.W. Tozer’s statement is hard to swallow, but it makes sense in when you examine how submissive and “emptied” of his God-hood Jesus was when he walked around this earth. If Jesus wanted to show us God in the flesh he would not have emptied himself, He would have instead come in all his glory (like he will return and do). However, Jesus before his death came as a servant, relied upon the Spirit of God as you and I do, and battled the temptations of the flesh just like you and I. Then after His resurrection he was exalted once again to the title “LORD.”

      • Yeshua is the Lord of Glory

        Hello,thekeynote00

        Just to touch on only one of the things that you mentioned and leave the rest…Since we are to interpret scripture with scripture,then Colossians 2:9 would be a contradiction of Philippians 2:4-7,if you believe that Jesus emptied himself of his deity…That passage states the fullness of the Good-hood/head dwelled in the body of Christ…So are you sure that A.W.Tozer’s quote makes sense in light of Colossians 2:9?

        Thank you again…

      • thekeynote00

        I’m not saying he stopped being God… Just that his purpose was not to show the full glory of God until after the resurrection. I’m sorry if I did not make that clear. Jesus was clearly God… before he became man, while he was man, and still is today… However for his 33 years on this earth, he was here to show us how to fully be human in submission to the Father.

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