Emanna for 09/10/2017
Divine Attributes and Human Virtues
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (14) And the Word became flesh... Luke 9:22 Saying, The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
Words of Ministry
As the Man-Savior, the Lord Jesus possesses both the divine nature with its divine attributes and the human nature with its human virtues. The divine attributes are related to what God is and has
[e.g. love, light, holiness, righteousness, etc.]
. We cannot speak exhaustively concerning the attributes of God. But we can say that the Lord Jesus possessed the nature of God with all the divine attributes.
Here we are using "attributes" in relation to God and "virtues" in relation to man. Because the Lord Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit with the divine essence, He possesses the divine nature with the divine attributes. Because He was born of a human virgin with the human essence, He possesses the human virtues. Therefore, while He was on earth, He lived a life that was both human and divine. He was a Man living a human life, but in that human life the divine attributes were expressed.
According to John 1:1 and 14, in the beginning was the Word, the Word was God, and this Word, which is God, became flesh. God became flesh to live a life expressing Himself in humanity. In John we see God expressing Himself in humanity; in Luke we see a Man expressing God in His human living. As this Man lived on earth, in His living God's attributes were expressed. In the Man-Savior man and God, God and man, are mingled to form a composition full of the divine attributes and the human virtues.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 6-8. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.