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5. In His humanity, of what nature did Christ partake?
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil." Heb. 2:14.
6. How fully did Christ share our common humanity?
"Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people." Verse 17.
NOTE. - In His humanity Christ partook of our sinful, fallen nature. If not, then He was not "made like unto His brethren," and was not "in all points tempted like as we are," did not overcome as we have to overcome, and is not, therefore, the complete and perfect Savior man needs and must have to be saved. The idea that Christ was born of an immaculate or sinless mother, inherited no tendencies to sin, and for this reason did not sin, removes from Him the realm of a fallen world, and from the very place where help is needed. On his human side, Christ inherited just what every child of Adam inherits,--a sinful nature. On the divine side, from His very conception He was begotten and born of the Spirit. And all this was done to place mankind on vantage-ground, and to demonstrate that in the same way everyone who is "born of the Spirit" may gain like victories over sin in his own sinful flesh. Thus each one is to overcome as Christ overcame. Rev. 3:21.Without this birth there can be no victory over temptation, and no salvation from sin. John 3:3-7.
7. Where did God, in Christ, condemn sin, and gain the victory for us over temptation and sin?
"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." Rom. 8:3.
NOTE.--God, in Christ, condemned sin, not by pronouncing against it merely as a judge sitting on the judgement-seat, but by coming and living in the flesh, in sinful flesh, and yet without sinning. In Christ, He demonstrated that it is possible, by His grace and power, to resist temptation, overcome sin, and live a sinless life in sinful flesh.
It may come as a surprise to many that Adventists were NOT alone in the above postlapsarian view. At the time when Adventist leadership of the 50's was hesitant to affirm the scriptural teaching on the nature of Christ, God had the finest and most eminent Protestant scholars of the 20th Century like Rudolf Karl Bultmann (1884-1976), Karl Barth (1886-1968), Emil Brunner (1889-1966), Oscar Cullmann (1902-1999), and John Arthur Thomas Robinson (1919-1983), reaffirm the same. They all agreed that our Savior assumed a postlapsarian nature degraded and affected by sin - BUT THAT THIS SINFUL NATURE INHERITED BY HIM FROM MARY HIS MOTHER DOES NOT MAKE HIM A SINNER!!! How could it, in the light of Ez. 18:2-4, 20; Jer. 31:29, 30; Rev. 20:12, 13??? In the same light, WE ARE NOT SINNERS BY BIRTH - NOT UNTIL WE "CHOOSE" TO ACT ON THE PROMPTINGS OF OUR FALLEN NATURE!!! Sin requires a WILLFUL violation of God's law!!! See 1 Jn. 3:4; Js. 4:17; Rom. 6:23. Notice carefully that sin is NOT something we are born with, it necessitates COMMISSION (an act of the will), KNOWLEDGE (for which neither children nor the uninformed can incur guilt from), and has a WAGES (meaning you work / act to be responsible for).
The Word of God clearly teaches us that Adam's sin had two consequences: (1) WEAKENED human nature and (2) GUILT. While we INHERIT weakened and sin-prone nature, it is NOT POSSIBLE TO INHERIT GUILT!!! Inheriting guilt is not only a non-biblical teaching, it is anti-biblical... in head-on collision with the revealed will of God. It is equivalent to holding guilty and sentencing to eternal death an HIV-positive infant for the parents' carelessness. Not only does such reasoning violate principles of righteousness, it is the most illogical, unsound and senseless teaching that can hardly stand even in the most unjust human court. Yet, most have built a whole theology upon this very premise - and ascribe to our loving heavenly Father such barbarism and cruelty!?!!
To infer that Jesus had a prelapsarian nature like that of Adam before the fall would also require mental gymnastics of a very interesting kind. How can one misconstrue Heb. 2:16? How about Rom. 1:3? Or Phil. 2:7-8? All these scriptures and suchlike completely disagree with the prelapsarian position. Besides, what biblical proof can be mustered for an argument that Jesus didn't inherit the same nature we do?
I've had the original copy of QUESTIONS ON DOCTRINE for more than 20 years and have read and reread it, compared it with Scripture and, while I have found some of the points in it quite useful, the overall research and scholarship is extremely poor and highly questionable to say the least.
The following brief on QUESTIONS ON DOCTRINE prepared by attorneys for a proposed resolution to the 1958 General Conference Session in Ohio succinctly sums up my review:
"Let it be resolved, that in view of the evidence presented, the book Seventh-day Adventists Answer Questions on Doctrine does not represent the faith and belief of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is hereby repudiated on the following five points:
1. It contains specimens of scholastic and intellectual dishonesty.
2. It contains duplicity.
3. It is inadequate.
4. It contains error.
5. It is Satan's masterpiece of strategy to defeat the purpose of God for the Seventh-day Adventist Church." - A Fork in the Road, p. 37.
That a book of such questionable scholarship and research can be reproduced is quite puzzling!!!