Q: How could God become a man?
The Bible explains that God has revealed Himself in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. This is one and the same God, who has revealed Himself in three persons. Do I really understand this completely? No, I don’t. However, it definitely is the teaching of the Bible, and it really goes right back to the opening chapters of the book of Genesis.
For example, in Genesis 1:26, we read,
‘Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”‘ (Genesis 1:26)
Now who was God speaking to when He said, “Let Us …”?
This usage of “Us” is repeated two other times in the book of Genesis, namely,
‘Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”–’ (Genesis 1:22)
‘The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”‘ (Genesis 11:6-7)
Clearly, God is represented as more than one in these three passages. And yet, in that part of the Bible that the Jewish people call the “Schema,” we read,
“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” (Deutoronomy 6:4)
So the Lord is one, and yet, He is more than one. How can this be? If we follow the Old Testament carefully, we will get glimpses of the “Man-God,” who, in the New Testament is revealed as being Jesus.
In Genesis 18, for example, a man talks to Abraham, whom Abraham refers to as being “the Judge of all the earth!”
“Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” (Genesis 18:25)
Did Abraham really talk with Jesus? Surely, he did, for many years later, Jesus Himself said to some of the Jews,
“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56)
The Jews were surprised when they heard Jesus say this, and responded, saying,
“You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” (John 8:57b)
Jesus then responded by saying that He was, and is, the I AM (which is the same name that God gave to Moses when He spoke with him at the burning bush):
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8:58)
Then, the Jews picked up stones with the intent to stone Jesus,
“Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.” (John 8:59)
What is the Jews’ reward for rejecting Jesus? Jesus said,
“Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’” (Luke 13:35)
In other words, Jesus is coming again! Will you be ready to meet Him?
“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38)