pass non-scorched through the fires of Gethsemane and Calvary? Rather let us say, because Christ was God, he underwent a suffering that was absolutely infinite. Philippi, Glaubenslehre, 4:300 sq.; Lawrence, in Bibliotheca Sacra, 24:41; Schoberlein, in Jahrbuch fur deutsche Theologie, 1871:459-501.
J. F. Behrends, in The Examiner, April 21, 1898 ? ?Jesus Christ is God in the form of man, as completely God as if he were not man, as completely man as if he were not God. He is always divine and always human. The infirmities and pains of his body pierced his divine nature. The demand of the law was not laid upon Christ from without, but proceeded from within It is the righteousness in him which makes his death necessary.?
(h) Necessity of the union. The union of two natures in one person is necessary to constitute Jesus Christ a proper mediator between man and God. His twofold nature gives him fellowship with both parties since it involves an equal dignity with God and, at the same time, a perfect sympathy with man ( <580217>Hebrews 2:17, 18; 4:15, 16). This twofold nature, moreover, enables him to present to both God and man proper terms of reconciliation. Being man, he can make atonement for man and being God, his atonement has infinite value. While both his divinity and his humanity combine to move the hearts of offenders and constrain them to submission and love ( <540205>1 Timothy 2:5; <580725>Hebrews 7:25).
<580217> Hebrews 2:17, 18 ? ?Wherefore it behooved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.? 4:15, 16 ? ?For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need?; <540205>1 Timothy 2:5 ? ?one God, one mediator also between God and men, himself man, Christ Jesus?; <580725>Hebrews 7:25 ? ?Wherefore also he is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.?
Because Christ is man, he can make atonement for man and can sympathize with man. Because Christ is God, his atonement has infinite value and the union, which he effects with God, is complete. A merely human Savior could never reconcile or reunite us to God. But a divine-
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