The Apostle Paul wrote, ”And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh . . . ” (1 Timothy 3:16). Needless to say the thought of God becoming man has caused great division; quite frankly it’s not something that we can fully understand. Theologians have argued, congregations have divided, denominations of been created and people have died over this doctrine. Ultimately, only Holy Spirit can teach us the fullness of this truth and I cannot claim to completely understand it. What I can do however is give you a few reasons why Jesus had to come as a man and not in the form of God in order to accomplish our redemption. Not only our redemption, but the redemption of all creation.
This redemption will ultimately rend the veil which separates heaven from Earth.
6 reasons Yeshua had to come as a man in order to bring heaven to earth:
Reason 1: God gave man authority over the Earth
the heaven, and even the heavens, are the lords: but the Earth has he has given to the children of men.
This verse makes it clear that God has put us (mankind) in charge of this planet. While God still has the ultimate control, He has given us the responsibility of caring for and watching over His creation.
This means that when we live righteously and according to God standards the world which we have authority over will also be blessed because we are good stewards of his creation.
The opposite is also true; when we live rebellious sinful lives, all of creation suffers along with us in our sin.
Reason 2: When man sinned it became man’s responsibility to restore the Earth.
19For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
Everything which God created in both heaven and earth was, by his standard, very good. All of creation continued in that state until the rebellion of Satan and the sin of man. Obviously none of this took God by surprise… creation, sin, redemption and restoration were all planned from the very beginning.
Think about it this way: God (the parent), is telling us (His children), “you’ve made the mess, now you go clean it up.”
Reason 3: Man needed to be fixed first.
4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
No matter how hard we try, in our own power we continue to fail miserably. Because of Adam’s sin and rebellion, every one of us was born with a sinful rebellious heart. In the same way that we were all in Adam when Adam sinned and thus received a sinful heart we can now be joined to Yeshua, who is called the last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45) and receive the new nature which desires to obey the commands of God.
Reason 4: Yeshua came as an example for man.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness ; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Since the time of our sin we had forgotten what it meant to rule over creation. More than that we had forgotten that we were made “in the likeness” of God. Yeshua came to live the life of a “man” working in perfect harmony with Holy Spirit. In his life we see authority over sin, sickness, demons, even nature itself. This is the very essence of bringing heaven to earth and is the example for every believer.
Reason 5: He came to be King on Earth.
1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews ? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
Every kingdom requires a king, and a perfect kingdom requires a perfect king.
Because God had given mankind authority over the Earth he had to become a man in order to keep that promise.
The kingdom of heaven has complete authority over both heaven and earth (Philippians 2:5-11). In order for heaven and earth to be united once more Earth must be redeemed.
In order for Earth to be redeemed from the stain of sin, it must be ruled by those who have also been redeemed from the stain of sin.
The only people who fit that description are those who have been united with the perfect King.
Reason 6: He came to show us His kingdom.
Your kingdom come; your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.
The ultimate goal for the kingdom is that creation would be “on Earth as it is in heaven.” The reality of God’s dominion begins in heaven, manifests in us, and then takes over the world. The kingdom began small and has continued to grow; it grows from the inside of every believer until it matures in the world around us.
The kingdom of God is an invasion not an evacuation!
It is our job to use the authority God has given to us to overcome sin and all the works of the enemy.
Through Christ’s example we got to see a glimpse of what God has in store for every believer when we make it it” on Earth as it is in heaven.”
I know that I’m merely scratching the surface and I would love to get some of your input.