I know that there is a verse in the Bible that states that Jesus grew in understanding as He grew, but could someone shed some more light into this? Couldn’t his human knowledge take a peek of his divine knowledge? Where the two completely separate? Or are they actually linked (which would make the title of this thread misleading)?
People are right, it’s a question of nature.
“Jesus” as a Person, as a subject, is the second person of the trinity, and of course knows everything.
The question is IN WHAT WAY He knows. And there are two prongs to that.
The first prong is that as God, He knows everything divinely by simple vision.
The second prong is that as a Man, there are three ways He can know things: by the Beatific Vision, by infused knowledge, and by experiential knowledge.
Christ, his humanity being hypostatically united to the divinity from His incarnation, possessed always the Beatific Vision in His humanity. In this way, He knew as Man as much as it is possible for a created mind to hold. Knowledge taken directly from the vision of God.
Christ also was prepared by God by also having the same knowledge infused into His soul directly, in the same manner that angels talk to each other, or visionaries recieve messages and such. Knowledge supernaturally infused directly in His consciousness.
Finally, Christ gained knowledge stored in His brain experientially like the rest of us. He already knew it all as God, and in fact already knew it all as Man through the Beatific Vision…BUT, he didn’t know it in the same mode of knowing, that is to say, through natural experience and learning imprinting stuff on His human brain.
It is in this final mode, experiential knowledge as man, that Christ could grow in wisdom. It is the same mode that we grow in wisdom.
However, I would question the statement that, even in that mode, He didn’t know calculus. Aquinas explains that, even ignoring all the supernatural methods of His knowing…Christ was still naturally the smartest man ever, and could figure stuff out and extrapolate very well logically even just with the supreme natural perfection of the natural powers of His human brain.
Since Calculus is able to be figured out by using logic from first principles, and the principles of physics from conclusions based on simple observations of matter…I’m pretty sure that, even experientially, Christ would have been quite proficient at calculus and physics.