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The Relationship between GOD, JESUS CHRIST and MAN

15. A Quick Comparison - Christ and Man

 (Selected passages)

The numbers/letters in brackets indicate the N.T. Greek words, in the order that we studied them (arranged by group). Refer to those specific studies for more information about the words.

Relationship to God


1.         CHRIST

              a.           Is equal [9A] to God - John 5:18; Philippians 2:6.

              b.           Exists [1A-2] as the image [1A] of God - 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15 (... of the invisible God).

              c.           Is the exact representation [2A] of God's being [2A-1]; the radiance [2A-2] of God's glory - Hebrews 1:3.

              d.           Existed (in heaven) in God's form/nature [3A] - Philippians 2:6.

              e.           Has the fullness of the divine being [2B-3] residing bodily in him - Colossians 2:9.


2.         MAN

              a.           Possessed (or came to have) [1A-1] the image [1A] of God - 1 Corinthians 11:7.

              b.           Came to be [6D-1] in the likeness [6E] of God - James 3:9.

Jesus Christ - becoming like us


1.         THE "TRANSITION"

              a.           He let go of his equality [9A] with God (he did not cling to his glory, honor, etc.) - Philippians 2:6. [After his resurrection, he received these things back.]

              b.           He willingly took on a slave's form/nature [3A] - Philippians 2:7.

              c.           He came to be [6D-1] in the likeness [6D] of men - Philippians 2:7.

              d.           He was found in appearance [4A] as a man - Philippians 2:8.


2.         THE "END RESULT"

              a.           He was sent in the likeness [6D] of sinful flesh - Romans 8:3.

              b.           He was made like [6C] his brothers in every way - Hebrews 2:17.

              c.           He was like [6B] us, except that he didn't sin - Hebrews 4:15.

People who belong to Christ - becoming like Christ / God



              a.           A willingness to be conformed to [3F] him in his death - Philippians 3:10.

              b.           Being united with him in the likeness [6D] of his death - Romans 6:5.

              c.           Being transformed [3D] by the renewing of our minds; not being conformed [4C] to the world's ways - Romans 12:2.


2.         THE "END RESULT"

              a.           To bear the image [1A] of Christ, just as we have borne the image [1A] of Adam - 1 Corinthians 15:49.

              b.           "Christ formed [3B] in you" - Galatians 4:19.

              c.           Being like [6A] Jesus - 1 John 3:2.

              d.           To be conformed [3E] to the image [1A] of the Son - Romans 8:29.

              e.           To be transformed [3D] into the image [1A] of God's glory - 2 Corinthians 3:18.

              f.            Our "new self" being renewed in the image [1A] of its creator - Colossians 3:10.

              g.           Our "lowly" bodies being changed [4B] so they will be conformed to [3E] his (Jesus) glorious body - Philippians 3:21.

Dennis Hinks © 1983, 2006



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