Is Jesus REALLY fully human except for not being capable of sinning?

I hope this helps : Jesus was born as a human being while still being totally divine. The concept of the humanity of Jesus co-existing with His deity is difficult for the finite mind of man to comprehend. Nevertheless, Jesus’ nature—wholly man and wholly God—is a biblical fact. There are those who reject these biblical truths and declare that Jesus was a man, but not God (Ebionism). [Docetism] is the view that Jesus was God, but not human. Both viewpoints are unbiblical and false.

Jesus had to be born as a human being for several reasons. One is outlined in Galatians 4:4–5: “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” Only a man could be “born under the law.” No animal or angelic being is “under the law.” Only humans are born under the law, and only a human being could redeem other human beings born under the same law. Born under the law of God, all humans are guilty of transgressing that law. Only a perfect human—Jesus Christ—could perfectly keep the law and perfectly fulfill the law, thereby redeeming us from that guilt. Jesus accomplished our redemption on the cross, exchanging our sin for His perfect righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Another reason Jesus had to be fully human is that God established the necessity of the shedding of blood for the remission of sins (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22). The blood of animals, although acceptable on a temporary basis as a foreshadowing of the blood of the perfect God-Man, was insufficient for the permanent remission of sin because “it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4). Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, sacrificed His human life and shed His human blood to cover the sins of all who would ever believe in Him. If He were not human, this would have been impossible.

Furthermore, the humanity of Jesus enables Him to relate to us in a way the angels or animals never can. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Only a human could sympathize with our weaknesses and temptations. In His humanity, Jesus was subjected to all the same kinds of trials that we are, and He is, therefore, able to sympathize with us and to aid us. He was tempted; He was persecuted; He was poor; He was despised; He suffered physical pain; and He endured the sorrows of a lingering and most cruel death. Only a human being could experience these things, and only a human being could fully understand them through experience.

Finally, it was necessary for Jesus to come in the flesh because believing that truth is a prerequisite for salvation. Declaring that Jesus has come in the flesh is the mark of a spirit from God, while the Antichrist and all who follow him will deny it (1 John 4:2–3). Jesus has come in the flesh; He is able to sympathize with our human frailties; His human blood was shed for our sins; and He was fully God and fully Man. These are biblical truths that cannot be denied.

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You think Jesus as a human baby never got scared and cried or ran to his mom? He was God then too.

The icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Canonically crowned by Pope Pius IX) shows baby Jesus being fearful of the instruments of his future death and his mother comforting him.

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You inspired me to find Fully Human Fully Divine by Michael Casey on my book shelf and reread it. You might like reading it too.

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A human being is a human person. Jesus is NOT a human person! He is the Son of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, who has two natures, Divine and human, in the unity of His Divine Person

To say that Jesus is a human being, i.e. a human person, is Nestorianism which was condemned by the Third Ecumenical Council, the Council of Ephesus.

Nevertheless, Jesus’ nature—wholly man and wholly God—is a biblical fact.

Again, the infallible dogmatic definition of the Council of Chalcedon:

“…one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only-begotten, acknowledged in two natures which undergo no confusion, no change, no division, no separation; at no point was the difference between the natures taken away through the union, but rather the property of both natures is preserved and comes together into a single person and a single subsistent being; he is not parted or divided into two persons, but is one and the same only-begotten Son, God, Word, Lord Jesus Christ, just as the prophets taught from the beginning about him, and as the Lord Jesus Christ himself instructed us, and as the creed of the fathers handed it down to us.”

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I think the premise of the question is wrong. Fear, in the sense being used, is not natural but a result of sin. Same as shame, envy, despair.

Any time you’re feeling any of this know that your Heavenly Father did not intend it.

We were made to know & trust him. Fear is useless.

You weren’t made for envy, definitely not for despair.

Believe & follow Jesus & eventually all this evil will be cast out. Or so I’m told. So I hope.

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I think it’s pretty clear englands123 wasn’t denying that Jesus had both a human and divine nature. I’ve frequently heard priests and others refer to Jesus as having been born as a man, a human, a human being, a human baby etc while also noting that Jesus also had a divine nature and was thus fully human and fully divine.

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Thank you.

I’m sure englands123 had good intentions but we have to be careful when talking/posting about the Person of Christ. It’s very easy to give others the wrong impression by not expressing the Faith correctly.

I like that question.

That’s a beautiful question @meltzerboy2 :slight_smile:

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Shame is not an “emotion.” It is the interpretation of an emotion. Guilt is our emotional sense that we have done something wrong. Shame is when we interpret our guilt to mean we have lost value as human beings. Now, if we’re proud we may already be grossly mistaken about what our value as a human being is, but things such as shame, envy and jealousy are distortions of a normal human psyche. We’re so used to the typical that we sometimes can’t tell the difference between the average and the norm. Our Lord had not departed from the norm, from the standard we were made to be. That makes him far removed from the average or the typical, but 100% normal.

It is important to know that we aren’t denying our humanity when we reject sinful thought patterns (jealousy, envy) or even very prevalent but misguided interpretations of reality. Being a saint would make you unusual and likely to be taken as “odd” or “weird,” but in truth it is the only way to be a fully normal human being. None of us will ever truly be ourselves until God succeeds in fully redeeming us into sainthood.

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