(b) In the submission of the Logos to the control of the Holy Spirit and the limitations of his Messianic mission, in his communication of the divine fullness of the human nature which he had taken into union with himself.
<440102> Acts 1:2 ? Jesus, ?after that he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit unto the apostles whom he had chosen?; 10:38 ? ?Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power?;
<580914> Hebrews 9:14 ? ?the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish unto God.? A minor may have a great estate left to him yet may have only such use of it as his guardian permits. In Homer?s Iliad, when Andromache brings her infant son to part with Hector, the boy is terrified by the warlike plumes of his father?s helmet, and Hector puts them off to embrace him. So God lays aside ?That glorious form, that light unsufferable And that far beaming blaze of majesty.? Arthur H. Hallam, in John Brown?s Rab and his Friends, 282, 283 ? ?Revelation is the voluntary approximation of the infinite being to the ways and thoughts of finite humanity.?
(c) In the continuous surrender, on the part of the God-man, so far as his human nature was concerned, of the exercise of those divine powers with which it was endowed by virtue of its union with the divine and in the voluntary acceptance, which followed upon this, of temptation, suffering and death.
<402653> Matthew 26:53 ? ?thinkest thou that I cannot beseech my Father, and he shall even now send me more than twelve legion of angels?? <431017>John 10:17, 18 ? ?Therefore doth the Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one taketh it away from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again?; <502308>Philippians 2:8 ? ?and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross.? Cf . Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice: ?Such music is there in immortal souls, That while this muddy vesture of decay Doth close it in, we cannot see it.?
Each of these elements of the doctrine has its own Scriptural support. We must therefore regard the humiliation of Christ, not as consisting in a single act, but as involving a continuous self-renunciation, which began with the Kenosis of the Logos in becoming man and which culminated in the self-subjection of the God-man to the death of the cross.
Our doctrine of Christ?s humiliation will be better understood if we put it midway between two pairs of erroneous views, making it the third of five.
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