May 29

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

How do we bring together the two truths that Jesus is Lord over all and at the same time is a human being?  If Jesus is God, how could God put everything in Jesus’ hands.  If Jesus is God, he already has everything.  So how can anything else be given to him?

You already know there are two natures in Jesus Christ, but there is only one person. These two natures keep their characteristics but also transfer them to each other.  This has caused some confusion.  For example, Mary gave birth to Jesus 1,539 years ago.  So some ask, “If he’s only 1539 years old, then how can he be eternal?”  Jesus suffered on the cross when Pontius Pilate was governor in Judea.  So some wonder, “If he suffered under Pilate, then how can he have everything in his power?”  How do we reconcile all of this?

The two natures of Christ, the human and divine are inseparable, and they are united in one person. The characteristics of one nature are attributed to the other nature.  For instance, dying is part of being human.  When human nature is united with the divine in one person, death also becomes a divine attribute.  Therefore, we can say, “God became a man.  God suffered.  God died.”  If you separate the human from the divine, that statement would be a lie, for God cannot die.  But if we say that two natures reside in one person, then we have spoken correctly.

Martin Luther, Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional

Edited by James C. Galvin

Timeless insights from one of the most important people in church history. Resounding across the centuries, Martin Luther’s prolific writings as a pastor, theologian, scholar, Bible translator, father, and more, remain powerful and richly relevant. Faith Alone is a treasury of accessible devotionals taken from Luther’s best writings and sermons from the years 1513 through 1546. This carefully updated translation retains the meaning, tone, and imagery of Luther’s works such as this gem:

Some people value good works so much that they overlook faith in Christ. Faith should be first. It is faith—without good works and prior to good works—that takes us to heaven. We come to God through faith alone. —Martin Luther

Through daily readings, Luther’s straightforward approach challenges you to a more thoughtful faith. Read one brief section a day or explore themes using the subject index in the back of the book. Faith Alone will deepen your understanding of Scripture and help you more fully appreciate the mystery of faith.

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