Note: From time to time I enjoy having question and answers with people about their writings or thoughts. In looking at the question of the nature of Christ, I decided it would be worthwhile to have a conversation with someone who held to there being one nature of Christ, and here is the unedited transcript of the Q & A between us:
Q: Even though you consider Christ as having only one nature, you have expressed that Monophysites have some problems. What are some of the difficulties you have with the classic monophysite position and why would you not consider yourself one? What would you consider yourself instead?
A: The classic Monophysites take Christ’s divine nature to the extreme; they believe that He was impervious to human suffering. I believe that His purpose for becoming mortal was to suffer a torturous death for our redemption. Their belief is in direct conflict to Old and New Testament scriptures, especially Isaiah 53:3-12; Hebrews 4:15 and 2:9-10.
Q: When you look at Jesus Christ as having only one nature, the nature of God, what nature is it that you mean?
A: Exactly that; He was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20) and that Seed remained in Him (I John 3:9). We know that Christ was not created; therefore, the Seed planted within Mary’s womb contained the Being known throughout eternity as the Word, for He was made flesh and dwelled among us (John 1:14).
Q: How would someone acquire human nature and why is it that you would believe that Jesus Christ lacked this nature that the rest of us have as human beings?
A: People are conceived when the seed of their biological fathers merge with the egg of their biological mothers. Zechariah 12:1 explains that God created the spirit within man (ruwach) upon conception (Psalm 139:13-16). It manifests as neutral at birth but quickly becomes corruptible (carnal) due to the worldly environment and negative wavelengths that are a constant part of life (Genesis 8:21). Christ lacked this nature because He was not a created being and did not have a physical father. The Seed planted by His Father was not corruptible. It was planted directly into Mary’s womb and did not have contact with her human egg. Christ never gave up His divinity; He remained the Word; God with us (Matthew 1:23).
Q: How do you believe that someone without human nature could serve as the model for humanity and could serve as the sin offering for humanity in the place of the rest of us who deserve death as the wages of our sins?
A: Although Christ did not have a nature that could be corrupted, he was fully human and possessed the extremes in the mental and emotional—as well as physical—capacity to empathize, suffer, feel, hurt and understand what drives people to do what they do. He was heartbroken at the sight of Mary’s suffering when his friend Lazarus died. He was at the point of death by starvation when His encounter with Satan occurred; so physically weak afterward that the angels attended to Him. He cried bitter tears at the thought of Jerusalem’s fate. His suffering a torturous death through scourging to within an inch of His life, being pierced in His hands and feet, and dangling for hours like a piece of meat is beyond the pale. It is precisely through His perfection that He, the sin offering, substituted Himself so that we, deserving of death for our sins, can be made perfect by Him through His shed blood. It is only through Christ’s perfection that the Father can draw us to Himself. He is the junction where mercy meets justice.
Q: Do you believe that Christ ever recognized within Himself a distinction between His own personal will and the will of God that He perfectly and continually followed during His human existence?
A: No. The scriptures continually state that Christ was on this earth to do the will of the Father. The English translation comes across as ambiguous regarding this issue, but Christ continually stated that “I and the Father are One” (John 10:30). Many would introduce the concept of “free will” at this point; whether Christ had it and, if so, that He dwelled with inner duality throughout His human lifetime. After all, He prayed that “Not My will, but Yours be done” when it came to facing His awful torture and death. This is shorthand; He was outlining a preference, not a plea to circumvent what was to occur. There are two options when it comes to wills: free will or self-will. Free will is not something a person has as in making a choice; it is something we give or are. We give free will offerings and we are free will offerings when we submit wholly and completely to God—just as Christ did. The opposite is self-will; the natural tendency to lean to our own understanding. Christ would have succumbed to self-will if He had a personal will separate from His Father’s because this would have made him just like the rest of us; subject to sin. He would have fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). But Christ was the Word in the Flesh (John 1:14) and God with us (Matthew 1:23). The argument comes full-circle. The whole issue is principled by the original two trees. They cannot coexist peacefully.
Q: Do you believe that believers will ultimately lack a human nature ourselves when we are raised into incorruptible form with the gift of eternal life at the return of Jesus Christ?
A: Yes. If we believe what the scriptures tell us, we will be transformed to become fully God; both in Their image and after Their likeness. Our form will be immortal and our minds will be incorruptible. We are in the process of that spiritual conversion now and, as the apostle Paul stated, our corruptible spirit must become incorruptible. It is only after this occurs that “death will be swallowed up in victory” (I Corinthians 15:53-54). Human nature is the corruptible one we have now; this is the one that must be totally changed to the Godly, incorruptible one. This type of spirit cannot entertain even the ability to think about sin; therefore, human nature will cease to exist within us.