Did Jesus Make Use Of His Divinity While On Earth?

(Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the American King James Version).

Let me start by stating unequivocally that Jesus Christ is both the Son of the living God and God too. He has been both from eternity past, and will remain both for all eternity. At his incarnation to become mankind’s Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus added humanity to his divinity, and became God-Man in this dual nature, being fully God and fully Man. Confusion lingers among most Christians as to which aspect of Jesus’ dual nature was operational while he was here on earth. Did he operate fully as God, fully as Man or partly as God and partly as Man? Were the miracles Jesus did the result of his divinity, or because he was an anointed Servant of God (a Man )? We shall examine the Scriptures to answer these questions.

Peter stated clearly, in the Book of Acts, that Jesus performed the wonders and miracles he did as a Man anointed by God, and not as God, though he is God. It was his humanity that was anointed by the Holy Spirit, enabling him thereby to go about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the Devil, because God was with him (in the anointing), not because he was God. His work was extraordinary, and his achievements, as the model Servant of God, were unrivaled and unparalleled, because the anointing upon him was without measure. Jesus had the Holy Spirit without measure, unlike other servants of God before and after him, who all had only a measure of the Holy Spirit. Jesus also excelled above all because of his sinless nature, unmatched consecration and total submission to the Father’s will. But, the point remains that he performed on earth as a Man anointed by God, not as the God that he also is. Jesus equally made it clear that, while on earth, he could do nothing by himself, except what the Father showed him. He only did what he was instructed to do by the Father, and only performed miracles the Father wanted him to perform. He only spoke the Father’s words and only did the Father’s will. He was Jehovah’s perfect Servant who only carried out Jehovah’s orders. As the Father’s true and faithful witness, Jesus only spoke what he heard from the Father, and not his own words.

The Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

John 3:34 For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure to him.

John 3:35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.

John 3:36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God stays on him.

John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise.

John 5:20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that himself does: and he will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel.

John 5:21 For as the Father raises up the dead, and vivifies them; even so the Son vivifies whom he will.

John 5:22 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son:

John 5:23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honors not the Son honors not the Father which has sent him.

John 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;

John 5:27 And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

John 5:30 I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me.

Matthew 12:15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from there: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;

Matthew 12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known:

Matthew 12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

Matthew 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit on him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles.

Matthew 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment to victory.

Matthew 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

In his letter to the Christians at Philippi, Paul explained how Jesus kept his divinity aside and operated entirely as a man, during his incarnation on earth. Though fully God, Jesus did not invoke his divinity while on earth as Messiah. Other than accepting worship and forgiving sins (which were marks of Christ’s divinity), every other thing he did was as a Man anointed by God. He didn’t strive to display his divinity here. Though he was and is and will remain God, while in human flesh, he humbled himself and accepted his position in redemption as Jehovah’s Servant. If Jesus had resisted and defeated Satan as God, then it would be unfair for God to expect us to resist and defeat Satan as mere men. If Jesus had remained sinless and undefiled as God, it would be unfair for God to expect humans to strive to be sinless and undefiled in their humanity. If Jesus had acted in anyway as God while on earth, it would be unfair for God to expect mortals to act in that way also. But, Jesus made sure to deny men such an excuse before God, by keeping his divinity aside, within himself, and by acting entirely in his humanity, while he walked on planet earth. He resisted the Devil as an anointed Man; he raised the dead as an anointed Man; he calmed the raging storm and walked upon the sea as an anointed Man; he multiplied bread and fish to feed thousands as an anointed Man; he healed the sick as an anointed Man; he preached the gospel as an anointed Man. Other anointed men of God before Jesus, like Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Daniel, etc, had also performed wonderful miracles, turned water to blood, parted seas for people to pass through as dry land, raised the dead, multiplied a little meal to feed many people, caused an axe to float on water, healed leprosy and other illnesses too. Even Peter, by the command of Jesus, walked upon the sea also. Peter didn’t walk on the sea because he was God, but because he was anointed by God to do so! The apostles of the Lord too performed almost all the miracles Jesus did. They healed the sick, cleansed lepers, cast out evil spirits, raised the dead, etc. The apostles didn’t do all these because they were God, but because they were anointed men of God. Jesus himself had promised them that they would do greater works than he had done, by virtue of the Holy Spirit that would come upon them after his resurrection and ascension to heaven. Thus, it was the anointing of the Holy Spirit that did the works in Jesus’ ministry, not his divinity!

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:9 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to my Father.

Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by them that heard him;

Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

It’s therefore very clear then that Jesus acted entirely as a Man while among men, not making use of his divinity, save in the instances of forgiving the sins of people and accepting their worship. Every other thing he did was as an anointed Man who had the Holy Spirit without measure. He came to show his people the example of how to live a godly life on earth. To be a merciful and faithful High Priest, he needed to be tempted as a man and to pass through the fullness of manhood and face the Devil and his temptations as a man, so he can empathise with men when they pass through similar conditions. Calling upon his Godhead to navigate through life on earth would have undermined his ability to relate with men as brethren. He had to be like his brethren in all things! He had to feel pain, suffering, hunger, thirst, temptations, depression, exhaustion, tiredness, etc, as a man. That’s the only way he could sincerely relate to us and connect with us. That’s the only way he could have become one of us. His divinity would have stood in the way of appreciating our humanity, if he had not kept it aside within him, while sojourning here on earth. Jesus lived entirely as a Man among men, when he walked upon the earth!

Hebrews 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? or the son of man that you visit him?

Hebrews 2:7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of your hands:

Hebrews 2:8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers,

Hebrews 2:12 Saying, I will declare your name to my brothers, in the middle of the church will I sing praise to you.

Hebrews 2:13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God has given me.

Hebrews 2:14 For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Hebrews 2:16 For truly he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

Hebrews 2:17 Why in all things it behooved him to be made like to his brothers, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 2:18 For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.

Hebrews 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

Hebrews 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

Hebrews 5:3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

Hebrews 5:4 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

Hebrews 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said to him, You are my Son, to day have I begotten you.

Hebrews 5:6 As he said also in another place, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears to him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him;

Hebrews 5:10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

The implications of Christ walking entirely as a man, while on earth, are profound. First, it makes his example of godly living a realistic target that other anointed men in him can aspire to achieve. We can truly follow in his footsteps, if we abide in him and are filled with his Spirit. Second, as our High Priest before the Father in heaven, Jesus can be expected to be merciful when interceding for us and forgiving our iniquities, since he has passed this way before as a Man, and has experienced first hand, as a man, what we’re passing through. He is thus able to empathise with us, and to give succour when we need it, seeing he himself needed succour at some point in time in his travails at Gethsemane, and was strengthened by an angel. When we ask for help in times of needs, he will readily understand. Third, having walked on planet earth in our shoes, Jesus understands exactly the limits of our humanity, as well as the temptations we’re able to endure. He will therefore not allow any temptation to come our way that’s beyond our capacity to resist. He will make a way of escape for every temptation that’s beyond us. Fourth, he walked the earth with the same resources we have at our disposal, and overcame, so he can help us to overcome also. He knows exactly what we need to succeed, and he’ll make that available to us, being a merciful High Priest. In expecting us to follow in his footsteps, the Lord is only asking us to do what he has done in our shoes. It’s like the boss in a company who worked in every department in that company, before becoming the Director. He can be counted upon to understand the challenges of every department, and what’s needed to succeed at every level. But, he also can’t be fooled, because he has been there! He can empathise with our genuine challenges, but he can’t be deceived by our inability to effectively use the resources at our disposal (the same resources he had at his disposal) to achieve the success he achieved in that position. That’s the genius of God in leading men. He first became a Man, and lived among men like a Man, and overcame, so no man can excuse his failure, when given the same resources the Lord had on earth as a Man. Talk about leadership by example! Oh, the wisdom of God! Hallelujah!

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:

1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously:

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.

1 Peter 2:25 For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.

In conclusion, Jesus Christ had a dual nature while on earth, being both fully God and fully Man. However, in his sojourn here on earth, he kept aside his divinity within himself, and  operated fully as a Man. The works and the miracles he performed were as a  Man anointed with the Holy Spirit and his power. Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil by virtue of the anointing upon him, not because of his divinity. He resisted the Devil as an anointed man, he  overcame the temptations of the world as a Man and he felt the full range of passions and emotions that every man feels. He truly identified with mankind completely in his incarnation. By this, he became an empathetic High Priest for mankind, after his death and resurrection, seeing he can relate completely with what we’re passing through on earth, having experienced the same while on earth. He can therefore readily give us help in times of need, having a perfect understanding of what we pass through, in our struggles with Satan, the flesh and the world. Above all, he lived fully as a man to lay down for us the example to follow in serving God in the flesh. With his help and support, and while abiding in him, every Christian can expect to be victorious in our spiritual warfare, because Jesus was here and saw it all and overcame all. We’re following a Lord and Master with a perfect experience of what we’re passing through, so we have no cause to worry! Jesus knows and understands everything we’re passing through, because he experienced them himself first hand!

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Published by Dr. Ndubuisi E. Ojo

Dr Ojo is a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a student of the Word of God, who believes firmly in the original apostolic faith as the only authentic version of Christianity, and the only legitimate basis for Christian conduct, order and doctrine.

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