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 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 human1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13. Specifically, Jesus Christ – God’s Son – was born naturally1,11,13 in the flesh3,4,6,8,12 and exhibited fully human characteristics like hunger2,5, temptation10, and death9. God became a man7,11 and many others testified to his humanity3,4,8.

However, it was this Son of Man who lived a sinless life10 so that He could pay the price for your sin7. Accepting Him as Lord and Master doesn’t involve praying a “Sinner’s prayer”. Have you done as He’s commanded to be saved?

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And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.

Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his [Jesus’] mother, that He is designated for the rise and fall of many of Israel, and as a sign that will be opposed as a sword pierces through souls, revealing the hidden thoughts of the heart.

The infant Jesus is being presented at the temple to observe what was written in the Law of Moses (vss 22-24).  They encounter Simeon who was a devout Hebrew who had been promised that he would see “the consolation of Israel” (vs 25) before his death.

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Jesus was born naturally from a woman.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After he fasted 40 days and 40 nights he was famished.
Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by Satan and was famished after fasting forty days and nights.

Jesus has just been baptized by John the Baptist and has not yet begun his public ministry. He is led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted and is there fasting for forty days and forty nights.  Satan tempts Jesus three times, each time appealing to a different facet of our ego.

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

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 [Jesus] 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.

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

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

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

“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.

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

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.

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Jesus Christ was a man.

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.

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Jesus was God become flesh.

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.
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Jesus died a human death.

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.

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

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

Be of the same mind as Christ Jesus, who, even though He was in all things God, didn’t hold on to that but became a slave by emptying Himself and being born as a man.

Paul is transitioning into a long closing in an otherwise short letter to the church in Philippi.  He has expressed his deep fondness for them (1:6-7) and encourages them throughout to have the “mind of Christ.”  His encouragement here is to remain strong in their “partnership in the gospel” (1:5) so they continue to “shine as light in the world” (vs 15).

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Jesus “emptied himself” as was born as a man.

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
In Him [Christ] the fullness of deity [Father, Son, Holy Spirit] dwells in bodily form, as you have been filled in Him, who is over all rule and authority.
Paul writes the church in Colossae to encourage them to resist the false teaching, specifically “philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition” or anything that is not according to Christ (vs 8).  He continues by specifically calling out the Mosaic Law (“a certificate of indebtedness expressed in decrees”) – the law that Christ replaced.

Under the same theme of not falling away, he tells them not to allow others to judge them against things pertaining to the Mosaic Law such as food, drink, feasts, and Sabbath days (vs 16).   In Christ, they are not obligated to observe those things.

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Deity dwelt bodily.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

God the Father sent His Son at the right moment in history. He was a human born under law and sent to adopt those enslaved to law as His own.

Paul’s letter to the churches of Galatia (1:2) in which he warns of “quickly deserting” (1:6) their call to Christ.  He continues this theme through chapter 2 and begins in chapter 3 to the end to connect the promise that God made to Abraham (3:8) with their present freedom in Christ (5:1). His audience is all who “were baptized into Christ” – both Jews and Greeks (3:27).
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Jesus was born a man (naturally, from a woman).

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