by TK Burk
There are those who teach that Jesus could not have been born sinless unless He had no human connection to Mary or any other person. This position is commonly called the following: Flesh of God; Celestial Flesh; Heavenly Flesh; Divine Flesh. For the purpose of the study, we will use the Flesh of God (FOG) name. Some of these preachers take this to the point that they say Mary was simply Jesus’ incubator and they say He had no umbilical cord or belly button. Could you imagine what the Roman soldier would have said if he saw Jesus on the cross with no belly button? He surely would have seen that as evidence Jesus was the Son of God!
There is a real danger to the FOG view that negatively affects a person’s view of God and what they believe about the New Covenant gospel. I’ve sat down with several preachers who teach the FOG view. For those meetings, I would ask them seven biblically based questions. To date, not one FOG preacher has answered these questions, at least not with biblical evidence that confirmed their FOG view of Jesus. Here are those questions:
- How was Jesus the “seed” of David?
- How was Jesus the “seed” of promise?
- How was Jesus called “man”?
- How was Mary called Jesus’ mother?
- How was Jesus of the tribe of Judah?
- How did Jesus lack qualities for which God is known?
- Born in sin or sin and become a sinner?
To balance this I worked up a series of scriptures showing what the Bible does say about these seven questions. I then added additional passages and comments that went along with these questions. I did this in an effort to show the FOG preachers the error of their doctrine. This study is a compilation of that work. I pray it serves as a guide to lead men and women to the biblical truths concerning the biblical origin of Jesus’ flesh and bone body.
Did Jesus have a human, flesh and bone body like His brethren? Or did He have a body that appeared human, but was instead of a divine or celestial nature? The origin and identity of the Messiah was a topic of discussion even before the time of Jesus’ birth. Concerning these matters, Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do the crowds say that I am” (Luke 9:18)? They answered Him: “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen” (Luke 9:19). Their reply illustrates what was commonly believed about Jesus’ identity and His origin among His generation. In response, Jesus asked the apostles what they believed about Him (see Luke 9:20). Jesus never asked a question because He needed an answer; He asked questions because His listeners needed an answer. Peter replied that Jesus is: “The Christ of God” (Luke 9:20). Though I do believe Simon Peter spoke in Greek that day, if he had made this same declaration in Hebrew, he would have said Jesus is, “Attah Meshiach-El!” or “Messiah-God!” Concerning Peter’s assertion, Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible says the following:
“The Christ of God – The Coptic and later Persic read, Thou art Christ God.”
Similarly, John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible writes:
“the Christ of God; The Persic version reads, ‘Christ God’; the Messiah, who is the Son of God, and God over all, blessed for ever.”
Thus, in answer to Jesus’ question about the origin of His identity, Peter proclaimed: “You are ‘Messiah-God”! Peter’s reply agrees with the angelic announcement that Jesus would be called “Emmanuel,” which is to say, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
The revelation of Jesus’ identity did not come to Peter by what he heard but rather by what he knew (see Matthew 16:17). Hence, Peter did not base his answer on a man’s opinion, feelings, superstitions, traditions, or teachings. Instead, his response came from what is found in the Bible. As a result, Peter spoke correctly about the embodiment of God’s Messiah.
The subject of how God came in flesh is called “incarnation.” Webster’s Dictionary defines this as the “act of clothing with flesh.” Peter made clear that Jesus wasn’t a reincarnation of a deceased human being, or even a manifestation of another human, but was instead the Almighty God veiled in human flesh. As a result, Peter said the identity and the origin of Jesus was both earthly and spiritual.
God’s Word is the only true witness concerning identity and incarnation of Jesus Christ (see John 5:31-47). Men and women may have different beliefs concerning the origin of Jesus’ flesh and bone body, but God’s Word contains no conflicting opinions on the subject. Therefore, if a person wants to accurately discern the uniqueness and the identity of Jesus Christ, they can only achieve that by correctly interpreting the messianic promises found within the Bible. These same promises do not foretell a Messiah that would have a body different than that of a common man. Instead, the Bible makes clear that the Messiah’s body would physically descend through the patriarchs, thus being a flesh, bone, and blood body like every other human since the time of Adam and Eve.
The purpose of this study is to show that the Bible describes Jesus having
Evidence from Lineage
Many of the misunderstandings about the origin of Jesus’ flesh and bone body come from not recognizing the importance the Bible places on lineage. The Gospels of Matthew (Chapter 1) and Luke (Chapter 3) demonstrate that Jewish identity is based on family lineage (genealogy). Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines “Lineage” as:
“A group of individuals tracing descent from a common ancestor; especially: such a group of persons whose common ancestor is regarded as its founder.”
Biblically, to be considered “Jewish,” a person would either be born of Jewish parents, born of a Jewish mother or be a gentile converted according to Old Testament Law. This latter group is known as a “proselyte.” Though proselytes converted to Judaism, they did not gain entry into a Jewish tribe, since their conversion did not add them to the already ongoing history of Jewish lineage. The only way to become part of this genealogy was to marry into it. Examples of such conversion are a Canaanite named Rahab (Rachab), and a Moabitess named Ruth. Both of these former gentiles are mentioned in Jesus’ Jewish genealogy (see Matthew 1:5). When these gentile women married their Jewish husbands, they became believers in the one true God, and they agreed to keep the Old Testament commandments (see Joshua 2:9-11; Ruth 1:16). As a result, they became members of their husband’s Jewish tribe. This is why we find both Rahab and Ruth in the lineage of Judah, and why they are both listed in the ancestry leading back to Abraham and Adam. Such inclusion into a Jewish tribe was never available for gentiles who remained in idolatry.
The Law requires that Priests provide a written lineage to prove they derived from a pure Hebrew bloodline (see Exodus 6:14-25; Numbers 3:1-5, Numbers 3:17-39, Numbers 26:57-61; Nehemiah 7:4-73; Nehemiah 12:1-26; Matthew 1:1-16; Luke 3:23-38). This evidence had to be a written account proving an untainted bloodline tracing back to the time of Abraham and Adam. DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) cannot—and never will—do this since it cannot prove there was never any gentile blood in their descents. The Bible disqualified a priest and his offspring if there was ever any intermingling with gentiles (see Nehemiah 7:5, Nehemiah 7:63-64; Ezra 2:61-62, Ezra 10:11-19). In addition to this, if you were a priest during the time of Herod’s Temple, you had to prove, not only Levite lineage, but also, more specifically, a lineage from the Levite tribe of Zadok (see Ezekiel 43:19, Ezekiel 44:15-17, Ezekiel 48:11-12). The Jewish lineage records were burned and destroyed during the 70 AD destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Thus, no such records remain that can prove an untainted bloodline dating back to the time of Adam. Likewise, for Jesus to be the true Messiah, He also had to prove a pure Jewish lineage. Other areas of this study will do more of that.
Note: Any UPPERCASE, bold, or [bracket] areas in Scripture is added for emphasis.
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For more information on Jewish genealogy, see the study, Holy Cow, Another Red Calf!
The next part of this study will explore question #1: How was Jesus the “seed” of David?