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A conversation about the arguments in Bruce Ware’s new book, The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ, which D. A. Carson suggests 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.”

00:30: What drove you (Bruce Ware) to write this book?

01:50: You start the book with a discussion of Philippians 2. Why did you choose to reference Philippians?  Help us especially understand what it means when Paul says that Jesus “emptied himself” and became a servant.

03:57: When I (Dane Ortlund) think about the supernatural things Jesus did, my default mode is to think that Jesus is “falling back on his deity.” Help us understand the way you deconstruct and provide a corrective to that logic.

06:23: You have a chapter in the book that discusses Christ’s impeccability. What does it mean that Jesus was impeccable and how does that connect to his humanity? What does that mean for believers today?

09:25: Why did Jesus have to come as a man and not a woman?

11:43: What would you say to a woman who says to you, “Ok Dr. Ware, Jesus came as a male. Is it not true then that Jesus doesn’t really understand me as a woman?”

14:00: Why did Jesus have to come and be a man to save us? I can understand why only God could save me, but why did the second person of the trinity also need to become fully human and, it seems, do what Psalm 49 says can’t be done?

18:13: Is Jesus still a man today?

20:08: Why is knowing that Jesus’s incarnation is not a “parenthesis” cause for worship?

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7 thoughts on “An Interview with Bruce Ware on the Humanity of Christ”

  1. Shane says:

    Was that Dane Ortlund or Liev Schreiber conducting the interview?

  2. For those interested, I got the chance to ask Dr. Ware a few additional questions about this book. You can find the interview here.

  3. I like the fact that Dr Ware has brought this up. Perhaps he goes into this in the book and simply didn’t cover it in this interview, but I believe his understanding could be refined considerably particularly in the area of the relationship between the physical and metaphysical and also with an investigation of the metaphysical nature of sin. I use the word “metaphysical” in lieu of “spiritual” for a reason, namely because the spiritual is determinative or foundational to the physical. That is to say that any fallen man other than Christ could have done precisely what Christ did, but it would have been laced with sin precisely because we are fallen. If we are to follow Christ as the stated purpose for the book, for example, we need to understand not so much how to behave better in light of the incarnation of Christ, but how to have better intentions in light of his reliance on the Spirit.

  4. James Gordon says:

    When was kenoticism ruled heretical?

    Also, to say that God could not have accomplished redemption through a woman only because God “set things up” a certain way is not to say that it is necessarily the case that redemption could not have been accomplished through a woman, at least if one is willing to posit possibility in God such that things could have been “set up” differently. It necessarily follows, then, given Ware’s view, that it was not necessary for redemption to come through a man and that it is necessarily possible that redemption come through a woman.

  5. Dr Ware, this is much needed, and this interview is so helpful. Thanks for writing! I hope our paths cross again in the future. db

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