Gethsemane ? ?The prince of the world cometh and he hath nothing in me? ( <431430>John 14:30) ? if possible, to deter Jesus from his work, by rousing within him vast and agonizing fears of the suffering and death that lay before him. Yet, in spite of both the desire and the fear with which his holy soul was moved, he was ?without sin? ( <580415>Hebrews 4:15). The tree on the edge of the precipice is fiercely blown by the winds, the strain upon the roots is tremendous, but the roots hold. Even in Gethsemane and on Calvary, Christ never prays for forgiveness, he only imparts it to others. See Ullman, Sinless state of Jesus; Thomasius, Christi Person und Werk,2:7-17, 126-136, esp. 135, 136; Schaff, Person of Christ, 51-72; Shedd, Dogmatic Theology, 3:330-349.
(c) Ideal human nature. Furnishing the moral pattern which man is progressively to realize, although within limitations of knowledge and of activity required by his vocation as the world?s Redeemer.
<190804> Psalm 8:4-8 ? ?thou hast made him but little lower than God, And crownest him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet? ? a description of the ideal man, which finds its realization only in Christ.
<580206> Hebrews 2:6-10 ? ?But now we see not yet all things subjected to him. But we behold him who hath been made a little lower than the angels even Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor.? <461545>1 Corinthians 15:45 ? ?The first...Adam...The last Adam ? ?implies that the second Adam realized the full concept of humanity, which failed to be realized in the first Adam; so verse 49 ? ?as we have borne the image of the earthly [man], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly? [man]. <470318>2 Corinthians 3:18 ? ?the glory of the Lord? is the pattern, into whose likeness we are to be changed. <500321>Philippians 3:21 ? ?who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that may be conformed to the body of his glory?; <510118>Colossians 1:18 ? ?that in all things he might have the pre-eminence?; <600221>1 Peter 2:21 ? ?suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps?; <620303>1 John 3:3 ? ?everyone that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.?
The phrase ?Son of man? ( <430527>John 5:27; cf. <270713>Daniel 7:13, Com. of Pusey, in loco, and Westcott, in Bible Com. on John, 32-35) seems to intimate that Christ answers to the perfect idea of humanity as it at first existed in the mind of God. Not that he was surpassingly beautiful in physical form for the only way to reconcile the seemingly conflicting intimations is to suppose that in all outward respects he took our average humanity. At one time he appeared without form or comeliness ( <235202>Isaiah
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