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Each side of Jesus full divinity and full human life adds too much value to

Christianity to be discarded. Both the divine and human nature of Jesus work in
tandem to provide the standard that guides Christian lives. In order to understand
Jesus divinity, one must also understand the significance of his human life.
Conversely, his human life was fueled by his divine purpose. Smith writes It was
the conjunction of stark opposites; absolute divinity overlapping complete
humanity (342) that differentiated him from other religious figures.
Jesus purpose was to spread the message of hope and love. He was tempted by
sin, but he did not sin. His life provided an example of how we should live. To have
said that he was God, but not man, would have been to deny that his example was
fully relevant; It might be a realistic standard for God, but not for human beings
(343). In acknowledging both sides of the god/man conjunction, his life standard is
valid because it is divine, but attainable by Christians because of his full humanity.
To understand Jesus full humanity, its good to know that he was filled with
the Holy Spirit (319). We must attend to this spirit that Jesus experienced as
empowering him. For there can be no understanding of his life and work if it is
omitted (319). He was able to heal the sick and feed the hungry by this power.
Each time Jesus performed wondrous works; he did it in his fathers name, and
insisted that we follow his father in heaven. Nullifying the God aspect of Jesus
nature diminishes the significance of his life work. Every miracle that he performed
was supported by the spirit working in him. If we only acknowledge his human
nature, and deny his divinity, by what power did he perform these miracles?
Jesus life added up to a different understanding of divinity (Smith 342).It is
imperative that we acknowledge that Jesus was both fully divine and fully human
because it separated him from the religious backdrop of that time period (Smith
342). Traditionally, the Mediterranean world believed in deities that were half gods,
half human as a result of sexual intercourse, rather than Immaculate Conception.
Jesus, however, was conceived of the Holy Ghost [and] born of the Virgin
Mary( Smith 342).
Jesus took the sins of all people with his death. Gods purpose was accomplished by
Christ (343). For a Christian to understand the full divinity of Jesus, one must have
a full understanding of his time here on Earth. In order to understand why the
crucifixion was so important, one has to understand why he came. He came
because Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden; Jesus accepted sin for all
mankind:
An infinite sin demands infinite recompense, and this could only be effected
by Gods vicarious assumption of our guilt and payment of the ultimate
penalty it required, namely death. God made this payment through the
Person of Christ and the debt is canceled (Smith 342).

We must acknowledge the full divinity of Jesus, which is infinite. He had to be fully
God in order for that atonement to be effective valid.
However, you cannot kill something that is infinite. We must therefore also
acknowledge the full human side of Jesus because it was the only way that death
could occur.

In conclusion, it is impossible to fully embrace Christianity without acknowledging


both the divinity and humanity of Jesus life. The fundamentals of the religion are
based on his conception, life and crucifixion each of these are significant because
the God/Man conjunction.