THE FIRST LETTER of Timothy (2:5) states that
Jesus Christ is man who is the mediator between men and God, the
Father. According to the Bible, when Jesus had risen from the dead
He said that he would go up to heaven to eventually sit at the right
hand of the Lord God.
Is Jesus Christ who is now in heaven with the
Father still a human being? Or is He already spirit in nature?
Rolando Romero Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Christ, who now sits at the right hand of God (cf. Col. 3:1),
remains to be a man. Psalms 80:17 states, thus:
“Let your hand rest on the man at your
right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself.” (New
It is quite clear from the preceding
passage that the “son of man,” our Lord Jesus Christ, is man and not
God. Had Christ been God, He would not have been called Son of Man (cf,
Jn. ) for God is neither man nor a
son of man (cf. Num. ).
Our Lord Jesus Christ clearly
distinguished His nature from that of God when He said:
“Behold my hands and my feet, that it is
I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones,
as ye see me have.” (Lk. 24:39)
God, being spirit in nature, does not
have flesh and bones (cf. Jn. ). Hence, God does not have the same nature as
Christ’s. However, although Christ is a man, He no longer possesses
the same body that had experienced pain, suffering and death before
his ascension to heaven. Apostle Paul states:
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And
we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by
the power that enables him to bring everything under his control,
will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his
glorious body.” (Phil. 3:20-21, NIV)
What does it mean that Christ’s body
became glorious? Does it mean he became God? No, because if He did,
then those to be saved would also become gods as their bodies “will
be like his glorious body.” Rather, it means that the Savior’s body
which was once perishable and mortal became imperishable or immortal
(cf. I Cor. -54).
Thus, even though Christ is now in
heaven, He remains to be a man.
Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free
to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or
an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question
you have in mind.