“Christ’s humiliation is not understood and not appreciated. Forty days and nights Jesus was subjected to the temptations of the enemy–the one who was once an angel next to Christ in majesty and glory in the heavenly courts. It is stated, Thou wast exalted because of thy beauty, et cetera. But he wanted to have the place of Christ, and Christ was ***one with the Infinite God***; and because this was not accorded him, he became jealous, and he was the originator of sin…
***Christ’s perfect humanity is the same that man may have through connection with Christ***. As God, Christ could not be tempted any more than He was not tempted from His allegiance in heaven. But as Christ humbled Himself to the nature of man, He could be tempted. He had not taken on Him even the nature of the angels, but ***humanity, perfectly identical with our own nature, except without the taint of sin***. A human body, a human mind, with all the peculiar properties, He was bone, brain, and muscle. A man of our flesh, He was compassed with the weakness of humanity. The circumstances of His life were of that character that He was exposed to all the inconveniences that belong to men, not in wealth, not in ease, but in poverty and want and humiliation. He breathed the very air man must breathe. He trod our earth as man. He had reason, conscience, memory, will, and affections of the human soul which was united with His divine nature.
***Our Lord was tempted as man is tempted. He was capable of yielding to temptations, as are human beings.*** His finite nature was pure and spotless, but the divine nature that led Him to say to Philip, ‘He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father’ also, was not humanized; neither was humanity deified by the blending or union of the two natures; each retained its essential character and properties.
But here we must not become in our ideas common and earthly, and in our perverted ideas we must not think that the liability of Christ to yield to Satan’s temptations degraded His humanity and He possessed the same sinful, corrupt propensities as man.
The divine nature, combined with the human, made Him capable of yielding to Satan’s temptations. Here the test to Christ was far greater than that of Adam and Eve, for Christ took our nature, fallen but not corrupted, and would not be corrupted unless He received the words of Satan in the place of the words of God. ***To suppose He was not capable of yielding to temptation places Him where He cannot be a perfect example for man***, and the force and the power of this part of Christ’s humiliation, which is the most eventful, is no instruction or help to human beings.
But the facts of this history are not fable, but a living, acting, experience. [To deny this] would rob Jesus of His greatest glory–allegiance to God–which enshrouded Him as a garment in this world on the field of battle with the relentless foe, and He is not reckoned with the transgressor. He descended in His humiliation to be ***tempted as man would be tempted, and His nature was that of man, capable of yielding to temptation***. His very purity and holiness were assailed by a fallen foe, the very one that became corrupted and then was ejected from heaven. How deeply and keenly must Christ have felt this humiliation….
***The Son of the *infinite* God*** is brought into the tenderest sympathies with the tempted church. He knows how to succor those who shall be tempted, because He was Himself tempted” (Manuscript 57, 1890).
This was first published 30 years ago in 16 Manuscript Releases (No. 1211). But the next quote was not published in its entirety until last year. I want you to notice a phrase that pops up again: “Son of the Infinite God”, which proves that the Messiah’s Sonship was truly being born from the Father, otherwise the word “infinite” would be redundant. After the shocking quote on the Messiah’s human nature having evil tendencies (which agrees with this quote saying that the Messiah’s humanity was “perfectly identical with our own nature”), I will show you something even more shocking, even disturbing…
“Never will the human family—redeemed by the example of the Sent of God, ***the only begotten of the Father***—understand and fully comprehend the terrible conflict waged with deceptive, alluring power and concealed, deadly hatred by Satan against our Lord when He lived among men. After the battle of the great day of God shall take place, when the power of rebellion is forever broken, and Christ’s mediatorial work in its magnitude is represented so plainly that all the redeemed of God’s family shall with clear comprehension understand the mission of His Son as the mediatorial remedy to make of the fallen race a repentant, humble, meek, reclaimed order of beings—then there will be seen developed the difference between that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.
Rebellion will exist in our world until in heaven are spoken the words, ‘It is done.’ Rebellion in the church is caused by its members feeling opposed to God and to His terms of salvation. Man wants abundant room to express himself and to attract attention. He does not know or understand that he is working out the plans of Satan. If he refuses to see and to become enlightened, if he refuses to be instructed, he rejects the mediatorial remedy that has been given to save the sinner not in his sin but from his sin. For the express purpose of saving sinners, was the remedial work of Christ planned.
When Christ first announced to the heavenly host His mission and work in the world, He declared that He was to leave His position of dignity and disguise His holy mission by assuming the likeness of a man, ***when in reality He was the Son of the *infinite* God***. And when the fullness of time was come, He stepped down from His throne of highest command, laid aside His royal robe and kingly crown, clothed His divinity with humanity, and came to this earth to exemplify what humanity must do and be in order to overcome the enemy and to sit with the Father upon His throne. COMING, AS HE DID, AS A MAN, <TO MEET AND BE SUBJECTED TO> ***WITH ALL THE EVIL TENDENCIES TO WHICH MAN IS HEIR***, <WORKING IN EVERY CONCEIVABLE MANNER TO DESTROY THE FAITH>, He made it possible for Himself to be buffeted by human agencies inspired by Satan, the rebel who had been expelled from heaven.
As the head of humanity, Christ lived on this earth a perfect, consistent life, in conformity with the will of His heavenly Father. When He left the courts of heaven, He announced the mission that He designed to fulfill. ‘Lo, I come,’ He declared. ‘In the volume of the book it is written of Me, I delight to do Thy will, O My God.’ Always uppermost in His mind and heart was the thought, ‘Not My human will, but Thy will, be done.’ This was the infallible principle that actuated Him in all His words and works, and that molded His character” (Letter 303, 1903).
What is in ALL CAPS is shocking enough. But what is even more shocking is that when part of this quote was finally published in 1999, in the devotional book “Christ Triumphant”, the very part in ALL CAPS was left out! Friends, this was a deliberate attempt by the White Estate to suppress the truth–that the Messiah fully took upon Himself our fallen human nature, even one that has evil tendencies. Just remember that our Saviour never committed a sinful act, never! Sister White also says that He did not have sinful propensities (which is cultivated tendencies to sin), only inherited tendencies to sin. So the Messiah had to overcome as we all have to overcome–overcoming what our human will wants to do to do the will of God. So the White Estate suppressed this as we have also found that it suppressed the idea that the Holy Spirit is Jesus the Messiah (His presence, life, and power). Truly this is a sign of apostasy. Let’s cling to the truth and be thankful for the men who God raised up to proclaim the truth on these things even before further evidence was published last year.
One last thing to note is that Ellen White highly vindicated Waggoner’s teachings (first at the 1888 Conference, and continued in to the 1890s) that the Messiah was truly begotten of the Father and also that He had fallen flesh with tendencies of sin. Just read his book “Christ and His Righteousness” which is derived from his wife stenographing his speeches at the 1888 Conference. I also found it interesting that he quoted things like: 2 Cor. 5:21: “For He [God] hath made Him [the Messiah] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”; “God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Gal. 4:4,5.
Of course the Messiah being made to be sin for us, under the Law, applies also to when He took upon our sins at the end of His earthly life, but the word “made” especially infers that this is when His humanity was made in Mary, and all for the purpose of living a perfect human life and then taking our sins upon Himself. Thus, there are two aspects of sin: (1) a condition that is conducive to sin and affected by sin (mentally, physically, and morally) and (2) committing a sin in thought, word, or deed, and thus bearing the guilt. The Messiah experienced both, except for the latter it was not His own sins but rather the sins of the world and feeling the the weight of their guilt, crushing Him to die an infinite death (eternal life dying, followed by infinite, divine life forever flowing from wounds that depict His death in a permanent human form, Hab. 3:3-4).
All I can say is:
What a glorious Saviour with a perfect and glorious plan to redeem us!