- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about Jesus Christ
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 12:52
As others have said, Adam’s was innocent humanity (implied in Genesis 2:17; 3:5); His is holy humanity (Luke 1:35). In exploring the meaning of such statements, irreverent curiosity about the Lord’s humanity is as dangerous as looking into the ark was for the men of Bathshemesh (1 Samuel 6:19). Of the meal offering which presents the perfections of the Lord’s life, God said, "It is a thing most holy" (Leviticus 2:3).
In order for the Lord Jesus to be our Redeemer, He must be truly human, "near of kin" to us (Leviticus 25:49). As "the Last Adam, the Second Man" (1 Corinthians 15:45, 47), He must be physically related to Adam. The body prepared for Him (Hebrews 10:5) was not a separate creation but a superintended conception (Luke 1:31, 35). The Spirit of God both empowered the conception and preserved Him from the contamination of fallen humanity.
No form of analysis could distinguish the material substance of the Lord from Adam’s. However, morally and mentally the Lord differed from him. Without a bias to sin, Adam could sin and did. The Lord could not and cannot sin. Adam possessed amazing intelligence; the Lord was and is omniscient. Though He was a learner (Isaiah 50:4; Hebrews 5:8), He knew all things (John 16:30). He possessed all wisdom (Colossians 2:3), but grew in the display of wisdom (Luke 2:52). Every capability He displayed, He had learned, although they were His inherently.