Wonderful Counselor: How a Clearer Understanding of the Humanity of Christ Helps Believers Draw Near to Their Savior
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This thesis argues that a key resource in sanctification is meditation on the glory of the Lord. Believers need a balanced view of Jesus’ glory in his humanity and in his deity. Nevertheless, many believers tend to focus on the Christ’s deity while diminishing his humanity. Furthermore, most biblical counseling resources lightly address the important applications of Christ’s humanity. Chapter 2 provides exegesis from three passages (Heb 2:14-18 and Heb 4:14-5:10; Phil 2:5-8) that explain the reasons for and the implications of the Incarnation. A survey of the development of the church’s understanding of Christology as well as key concepts in Christology and current solutions to the dual nature of Christ is presented in chapter 3. Chapters 4 through 6 look at three common problems—carrying a personal burden, disappointment in circumstances, and disappointment in people—which the Savior experienced himself. His reactions to these common situations emotionally and volitionally is investigated as an incentive to walk more closely with a sympathetic Savior and to follow an obedient Lord.