14Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. Hebrews 2:14-15
The last post looked at some ancient heresies regarding the person of Jesus Christ. In one way or another, these false teachings compromised what the Scriptures teach about the genuineness of the Lord’s deity and humanity. If He were not genuinely human, He could not provide atonement for mankind’s sin. If He were not God, He could not provide an infinite atonement. He must be both to accomplish the miracle of redemption, and thankfully, the Bible clearly teaches both.
It would be nice if the false teachings in yesterday’s post were limited to ancient history, but they are not. For instance, the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Jesus was “no more and no less than a perfect human,” therefore denying His true deity. Their teaching is simply a repeat of the ancient Arian heresy and must be rejected by Bible-believing Christians.
The straightforward denial of biblical teaching by the JW’s is easier to deal with than the more subtle missteps regarding truth that sometimes circulate even among professing Bible believers. A frightening example of this kind of doctrinal misstep is found in the writings of Henry Morris. While Dr. Morris has provided God’s people with many helpful materials regarding Creation Science, he has promoted a view of the virgin birth that is very speculative and ends up contradicting the Scriptures.
In December of 1993, he wrote, “Thus the body of the second Adam must be formed directly by God and placed in a virgin’s womb…. This wonderful body would not grow from a man’s seed, as in every other human birth, nor would it grow from a woman’s egg, for in either case a sin-carrying and mutation-carrying embryo would necessarily result. It must instead be a seed specially formed by the Creator Himself, then planted in the virgin’s womb, where it forthwith would become His ‘tabernacle’ for thirty-three years as He lived on His planet Earth among those He had come to save.”
This view clearly contradicts the text above and many other Scriptures that make it clear that Jesus was a physical descendant of both Abraham and David (e.g., Rom 1:3; 9:5; 2 Sam 12:7). The fulfillment of the promises and the provision of a sacrifice both demanded that Jesus partake of His humanity from the human race, not by a direct work of creation. Although Morris, thankfully, does not deny the genuine humanity of Jesus Christ, he does inject vain speculations into the biblical teaching regarding the virgin birth.
The fact that the eternal Son of God could take to Himself a genuine human nature is truly a mystery—what the Apostle Paul says is part of the “mystery of godliness” (1 Tim 3:16). Rather than speculate about how it was accomplished (e.g., theories about a transplanted embryo), we should accept the revealed truth and marvel at the wonder of God Incarnate, Jesus our Lord!