Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 25 – Who is Jesus Christ? 
1 Timothy 3:16

Who is Jesus Christ?  Was He just a man or is He God? 

1 Timothy 3:16 – “… God was manifest in the flesh …”

Speaking of Jesus Christ, he says that  “God was manifest in the flesh”.  Here we learn that Jesus Christ is both God and man.

In order for God to fix man’s sin problem, it was needful for Jesus Christ to be both God and man.

In this verse, the writer is speaking of Jesus Christ and calls him God.  Jesus Christ is God the Son.  In lesson 4, we learned that God is a Trinity.  If you need to, go back and review that lesson.   

There are many more Bible verses that prove Jesus Christ is God.  If you would like to know more about this truth, please send me a message and I will send you more information. 

Second, this verse says that God was manifest in the flesh meaning that Jesus was also human.  Jesus had a normal human birth and grew in manhood in the same way as any other man. 

Jesus Christ possessed a sinless human nature and a holy divine nature.  Jesus Christ is not 50% man and 50% God.  He is 100% man and at the same time 100% God! 

Why did Jesus Christ have to be 100% man?  Jesus Christ had to become a man in order to pay the penalty of sin for mankind.  It was man that sinned, thus only a man could pay the penalty of sin. 

Why did Jesus Christ have to be 100% God?  God’s plan to fix man’s sin problem involved a substitute – the innocent dying for the guilty. 

Only someone who was without sin (innocent) could die for sinners (guilty).  Only a holy substitute could pay the death penalty for sin. 

Man is disqualified to be the substitute, because all men are sinners.  I cannot die for your sin because I am a sinner.  Likewise, you cannot die for my sin, because you are a sinner. 

The only one who could pay the penalty of sin is someone who is without sin.  The only one without sin is God Himself.  As God, Jesus Christ could pay the penalty of sin on the cross. 

In lesson 19, we studied God’s first promise of a coming Savior.  In that lesson, we learned why Jesus Christ must be born of a virgin.  If you need to, go back and review that lesson. 

God’s plan to fix man’s sin problem was for Him to be born into this world and pay the penalty of sin on the cross for us. 

Jesus Christ is our substitute.  He died in our place so that we could receive the forgiveness of sin.  He did that for us!  He did it so He could make a way to come into a right relationship with God.

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Questions Lesson 25

1. According to 1 Timothy 3:16, Jesus Christ is both man and God.   
a. True            
b. False

2. According to the Bible, it was necessary for Jesus to be both man and God in order to fix man’s sin problem.         
a. True    
b. False

3. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is 100% God, God the Son.     
a. True            
b. False

4. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ was 100% human.     
a. True     
b. False

5. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ possessed a sinless human nature and a holy divine nature.  a. True            
b. False

6. According to the Bible, Jesus became a man in order to pay the penalty of sin for mankind. 
a. True            
b. False

7. According to the Bible, only a sinless substitute could pay the penalty of sin, therefore, God the Son was born a human.  
a. True            
b. False

8. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ was born of a virgin.   
a. True
b. False

9. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is our substitute; he died in our place so we can receive the forgiveness of sins.    
a. True            
b. False

10. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ died in our place so we could come into a right relationship with God.    
a. True    
b. False

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