The concept that God was fully human is a difficult one for mere mortals to grasp. Even the phrase “God incarnate” does not give the full impact. According to Dictionary.com the word incarnate means “embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form”. The idea of “God fully human” definitely takes embodiment a few steps further.

how Scripture answers "Was God fully human?"

Scripture is clear that God was fully human1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. Specifically, Jesus Christ – God’s Son – was born1 in the flesh3,4,6,8 and exhibited fully human characteristics like hunger2,5, temptation10, and death9. God became a man7 and many others testified to his humanity3,4,8.

the answer above is based on and footnoted with the following Scripture Blocks
1
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
[Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son, wrapped him, and laid him in a crib since there was no room at the inn for them.
Luke’s gospel account of the time of Jesus on earth.  Here is the story of Jesus birth.
How does it inform?

Jesus was born naturally from a women.

Does it apply? Yes

2
After he fasted 40 days and 40 nights he was famished.

He [Jesus] was famished after fasting forty days and nights.

Right after his baptism and just before his public ministry begins, Jesus is tempted by Satan in the wilderness.
How does it inform?

Jesus required food and suffered the same physical consequences without it.

Does it apply? Yes

3
Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory—the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.
The Word became flesh and lived among us. We witnessed his glory – the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth who came from the Father.

The beginning of John’s testimony of the things he witnessed about Jesus’ time on earth.

How does it inform?

Jesus came from heaven and became flesh, living as a human and witnessed by others.

Does it apply? Yes

4
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

The word of life was from the beginning, what we heard, what we saw with our own eyes, what we comprehended and touched with our hands – that life was revealed to us.  We saw it, testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life that the Father revealed to us.  It’s what we have seen and heard and proclaim to you in order that you may have fellowship with us – a fellowship that includes the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

The Apostle John’s opening in a letter written to Christians encouraging them to love each other (as God loves) and resist false teaching.  His instruction appears to be to individual Christians (not a particular church).
How does it inform?

The apostle John testified to witnessing the humanity of God’s Son Jesus Christ.

Does it apply? Yes

5
In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry.
He [Jesus] was returning to the city in the morning and became hungary.
Matthew’s account of events that occurred after Jesus’ resurrection and before he ascended back into heaven.
How does it inform?

Jesus required food and suffered the same physical consequences without it.

Does it apply? Yes

6
“Look at my hands and my feet; it’s me! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.”
Touch me and observe my hands and feet.  It is me in flesh and bones.  I am not a ghost.

Luke’s account of Jesus’ life after his bodily resurrection.

How does it inform?

Jesus was flesh and bones (even after his death and resurrection). Jesus says, “like you” (other fully human individuals).

Does it apply? Yes

7
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
For there is one God and the man, Jesus Christ, is the only one to advocate to Him on behalf of man.  Jesus gave himself as a ransom for all mankind and was the very testimony at just the right time.

Paul’s letter to a young preacher, Timothy.  This chapter begins with specific instructions on various matters beginning with praying for all.

How does it inform?

Jesus Christ was a man.

Does it apply? Yes

8

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

We admit that the mystery of godliness is great which is: God the Son was incarnated in the flesh, absolved by/in the Spirit, witnessed by angels, preached to all the world, believed by many, taken to heaven in glory.

Paul’s letter to a young preacher, Timothy while preaching at the church in Ephesus.

How does it inform?

Jesus was God become flesh.

Does it apply? Yes

9
And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.

Jesus cried out and breathed his last.

Mark’s account of Jesus’ life and death on the cross.
How does it inform?

Jesus died a human death.

Does it apply? Yes

10
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Our high priest is able to sympathize with our weaknesses since he was tempted exactly as we are, except that he did not yield to it.

The Hebrews writer is appealing to Hebrew Christians to not fall away by reminding them of the “better” things that they have in Christ Jesus.

How does it inform?

Jesus was tempted in the flesh in every way that humans were tempted.

Does it apply? Yes

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