The Man Christ Jesus
Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Jesus
Liberal attacks on the doctrine of the divinity of Christ have led evangelicals to rightly affirm the centrality of Jesus’s divine nature for his person and work. At times, however, this defense of orthodoxy has led some to neglect Christ’s full humanity. Bruce Ware’s The Man Christ Jesus is a decisive reply to these trends.
To counteract this oversight, theologian Bruce Ware takes readers back to the biblical text, where we meet a profoundly human Jesus who struggled with many of the same difficulties and limitations we face today. Like us, he grew in faith and wisdom, tested by every temptation common to man. And like us, he too received power for godliness through the Holy Spirit, and thus serves not only as the divine Lord to be worshiped, but also the supreme Human to be followed.
“This delightful study of Jesus Christ the man probes deep and complex truths with a lucid clarity designed for ordinary Christian readers. I’m tempted to say that this is Warfield’s christology re-written for the devout layperson who wants to understand Jesus better and thereby trust, obey, and love Him more whole-heartedly. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter promise that the book will be used widely in churches where one of the passions is to understand historic Christian truth in a fashion that is biblically faithful and spiritually nourishing.”
— D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“‘Marvel and wonder and worship.’ Bruce Ware rightly suggests that this is the appropriate response as we consider the implications of the humanity of Christ. My heart has been deeply stirred through reading this book and contemplating this oft-overlooked but vital aspect of our Savior.”
— Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author; Bible teacher; host, Revive Our Hearts
“Evangelicals who believe the Scriptures to be God’s inerrant Word run the risk of emphasizing the deity of the Lord Jesus and, quite unintentionally no doubt, deemphasizing his humanity. Bruce Ware provides a healthy antidote to this malady. This is a welcome addition to the study of christology and one that will aid in our understanding of and love for the man Christ Jesus”
— Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Bruce A. Ware (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also author of God’s Lesser Glory, God’s Greater Glory, and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Table of Contents
Preface: Why the Humanity of the God-Man Matters
- Taking on Human Nature
- Empowered by the Spirit
- Increasing in Wisdom
- Growing in Faith
- Resisting Temptation
- Living as a Man
- Dying in Our Place
- Raised, Reigning, and Returning in Victory