The Importance of Both the Humanity and Divinity of Christ

I'm reading through A Theology of Biblical Counseling by Heath Lambert. In chapter 5 he lists 5 reasons Jesus NEEDED to be both human and divine. If he wasn't both:

  • He couldn't be Savior. (pg. 143)
  • He couldn't be Mediator between us and God. (pg. 143-144)
  • He couldn't make propitiation. (pg. 144)
  • He couldn't be the representative of righteousness. (pg. 144)
  • He couldn't empower obedience. (pg. 145)

As I continued reading, Lambert revealed that we need to remind those we counsel of 3 things as it relates to Christ's humanity and divinity:

  • Forgiveness of sin
  • Power to change
  • Grace to comfort

All of this got me thinking, there are times when the people we counsel need to hear that through Christ there is power to change (Rom. 12:1-2). Therefore, we need to counsel them on His divinity. At other times and with other people, they need to hear that Jesus truly understands what they are going through (Heb. 4:15). Therefore, Christ's humanity needs to be highlighted. Yes, we need both to truly understand Jesus, but at times one may need to be emphasized.

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