The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ  -     By: Bruce A. Ware
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The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ

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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. In The Man Christ Jesus Bruce Ware counteracts this oversight by taking 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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1433513056
ISBN-13: 9781433513053
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Evangelicals often underemphasize Jesus’ humanity. Bruce Ware examines this neglected doctrine, holding Christ up before his followers as the supreme example of how to live.

Author Bio

Bruce A. Ware (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and has authored God's Lesser Glory, God's Greater Glory, and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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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

This is a simple, readable, accessible, and biblical introduction to the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ. It takes a great theologian with a pastor’s heart to boil down difficult big ideas like this.
-Mark Driscoll,
Founding and Preaching Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle, Washington; Founder, Resurgence; Co-founder, Acts 29; NY Times #1 best-selling author

‘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 Leigh DeMoss,
author, Biblical Womanhood in the Home; radio 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

In far too many instances, the church is functionally docetic, basically affirming that the divine Christ only seemed to be human. But as Bruce Ware skillfully and passionately explains, the gospel and its implications depend upon the full deity and true humanity of Jesus Christ. Biblically faithful, theologically solid, devotionally heartwarming, The Man Christ Jesus will increase your knowledge of and reverence for our wonderful Savior and Lord, the God-man Jesus Christ.
-Todd L. Miles,
Assistant Professor of Theology, Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon

Many arguments have been developed and many books have been written in defense of the full deity of the Son of God. As for arguments and writings in support of the full humanity of the Son incarnate, less attention has been given. Bruce Ware corrects this imbalance by offering a treatment that is thoroughly biblical, readable, in tune with contemporary issues, and immensely practical. As readers make their way through this book, they will not only become convinced of the humanity of the God-man and understand why the incarnation was needed; they will also be prompted to offer praise and thanksgiving to God for his wonderful work of salvation through Jesus Christ!
-Gregg R. Allison,
Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

A thoughtful, provocative work that considers the grand miracle of the one who is fully God pouring himself out to become fully man. This book will move you to contemplate and marvel at the wonder of it all.
-Mary A. Kassian,
Professor of Women's Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild

The proper understanding of Christ’s humanity is absolutely essential to understanding our calling and ministry. For years I have taught the humanity of Christ, and countless numbers have said that nothing causes them to love Jesus more than a biblical understanding of his humanity. Because of this, I highly commend this book to you!
-Dann Spader,
President, Global Youth Initiative; Founder, Sonlife Ministries; author, Walking as Jesus Walked and The Everyday Commission

Ever since the church confronted Gnosticism, the reality and necessity of Christ’s humanity has been at the heart of Christian orthodoxy. Bruce Ware’s grasp and exposition of this essential doctrine contains a rigorous theological precision, communicates an attractive piety, presses the reader to investigate just how central this is to the entire spectrum of the redemptive work of the Messiah, and opens the doctrine to some thick and provocative applicatory ideas. Both ancient and right up to date, Ware’s treatment deserves a serious reading.
-Tom J. Nettles,
Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, By His Grace and for His Glory

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  1. Milton Gonzalez
    New York, NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Be Cautious and Choose Wisely
    June 16, 2014
    Milton Gonzalez
    New York, NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
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    Bruce Ware's book, "The Man Christ: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ" is simply that: theological reflections on the humanity of Christ-i.e. the branch of Christology that deals with the humanity of Christ. Such reflections, which can easily be interpreted as theological assertions, pivot upon the following statement: "Why the humanity of Christ matters." Thus Ware's book is an attempt to accentuate and draw awareness to the significance of the humanity of Christ in elaborative and elucidative form.

    The structure and content of the book is mostly of a theological construct. That is, the book consist of a significant amount of theological jargons and/or terminologies, as well as ideologies, that the average reader may not be familiar with; hence making it difficult to comprehend. Nonetheless, Ware's book is not entirely academic. Occasionally, the reader is drawn from an assertive theological postulation to a homiletic reflection, thus transitioning the reader from a theoretical understanding to a practical, or even empirical, assimilation of the same. Such homiletic ruminations are priceless. In addition, the author uses an array of illustrations and analogies to help drive home his interpretative postulations; thus assisting the reader in understanding what may seem to be a complex theological "reflection." Furthermore, each chapter concludes with a series of reflective applications and discussion questions-which favors group studies. Therefore, though the book in itself is academically tailored, with some effort the average reader can satisfactorily benefit from it-likewise the intellect and/or scholar, though the beneficence of the latter may vary.

    It should be noted, however, that Ware's book is fashioned toward an evangelical audience. That is, it is of a specific ideological construct. Ware presents his own theological interpretations, which may be of concurrence with many within the evangelical sphere; however, many of these interpretations are placed up against those of other scholars. Therefore, though Ware's objective may be fundamentally geared toward highlighting the prominence of the humanity of Christ within evangelical circles, such an objective does not escape or sidestep critiquing other scholar's comments, interpretations, and/or opinions on the subject matter. Consequently, a level of subjectivity may have, in fact, influenced Ware's objectivity.

    Furthermore, there are many erroneous theological interpretations, as there are correct ones-though the former seems to surpass the latter. There are also a few theological discrepancies.The reader should be cautious, prayerfully scrutinizing Scripture with Scripture, and thus exemplifying the brethren of Berea (Acts 17:10-11).

    Moreover, Ware also branches off into diverse subjects, such as: headship and authority between the Godhead (i.e. between Father and Son); masculine and feminine gender issues-which correlate with the former; the necessity of Christ coming as a male and what that entails for the contemporary believer; etc.

    Unfortunately, the book (in my opinion) has some grammatical issues, which can be distracting and far from appealing. For example, I am not sure why the author and/or publisher chose to add an s after the name Jesus when describing or communicating possession (e.g. Jesus's); yet for the noun Hebrews the author and/or publisher chooses to use solely the apostrophe (e.g. Hebrews'). Such inconsistency, in my case, is distracting and definitely not appealing. However, such grammatical decisions are left to the discretion of the author and/or publisher. Nevertheless, it's annoying.

    Ware impels the reader to think and reason-whether one agrees with him or not, and this is definitely beneficial. Things that may have never been thought of will be thought of. Things that have never been questioned will be questioned. Things that have never been reflected upon will be reflected on.

    If allowed, Ware's disquisition can definitely broaden one's horizon, especially if one is new to the world of Christology. However, at the same time, it can also confuse and bewilder those who are theologically ignorant or weak in the faith.

    Be cautious and choose wisely.
  2. Chris Land
    Wichita Falls, Tx
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Biblical proof on the humanity of Christ
    January 15, 2013
    Chris Land
    Wichita Falls, Tx
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    We just finished celebrating Christmas which reminds us of the coming of Jesus. We reflect on this time because it was God's rescue plan to redeem us for our sins. As Christians, we believe that Jesus was God in the flesh, which means He was 100% God and 100% Man. Theologians call this a hyper-static union of two natures in one Person.

    Many books have been written to study the deity of Christ, but not many written on the humanity of Christ. Bruce Ware, who wrote an amazing book on the Trinity, has given us a theological look at the humanity of Christ called, The Man Christ Jesus.

    This book is a simple and readable book as Ware goes into deep theological truths regarding the humanity of Christ based on the teachings of Scripture. This doctrine is important because without the affirmation of the humanity of Jesus, we would have no hope of a Messiah. While Jesus was also fully God, he was fully man. As a man Jesus was empowered by the Spirit, growing in his faith, and perfectly resisting temptation where Adam did not do in the Garden of Eden. Ware beautifully goes through these truths in a way that a new believer can understand.

    One teaching about the humanity of Christ Ware talks about that needs to be addressed is why Jesus died as a man. In this chapter Ware tell us why the TNIV (Today's New International Version, which now the NIV 2011), and any gender neutral translations, are not helping affirm the humanity of Christ. Old Testament Prophecy speaks of an heir, an eternal Son who would come down to rescue His people. Also to be the faithful representative that Adam could not, the Savior had to be a man. No where do you feel that Ware was not downgrading women, but explaining why Jesus had to be a man.

    This was a great book and one that should be read after Ware's classic book on the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. A must read for every pastor and theologian.
  3. Jude
    London, ON
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A powerfully helpful book on the humanity of Chris
    January 3, 2013
    Jude
    London, ON
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Book Review - The Man Christ Jesus

    Tension is characteristic of the Christian faith. It doesn't take long to realize that the Christian's pilgrimage is one fraught with various positions, ideas, and beliefs that appear to be contradictory and yet are convictions we must hold. We experience an "already-not yet" redemption in which we are saved and yet await a final salvation. Our God is three and our God is one. God is sovereign and we have free will. And the list goes on. Author and professor Bruce A. Ware deals with one of seemingly contradictory doctrines held by Christians in his book The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ. Ware addresses the clear biblical fact that our Savior is fully God and fully human. He does so in a manner that clarifies how we ought to think about many of the apparent contradictions. His approach is one of worshipful study of Christ that leads the reader to join him in adoration. And the format of the book lends itself to both individual and group study.

    In a relatively short and thus accessible book, only 156 pages, Ware engages with many difficult issues related to the united divine and human natures in the son of Mary who was also the Son of the Most High. Ware presents and satisfactorily addresses the following questions: How could two natures-the divine and the human-coexist? How could one who was divine be truly human? Was Christ able to live a perfect and sinless life of obedience because he was God or did he accomplish this as a human? How should one think about Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, increasing in wisdom and growing in faith? Did Christ really experience temptation as humans do? Was it necessary for Christ to be male? How is Christ's humanity related to the atonement? These questions, and many others, are answered in a way that is understandable and awe inspiring. The author regularly uses helpful illustrations to support his points, some of which I have already shared with others who have also found them edifying. I was very impressed with the amount of ground this book covers and the teaching that it delivers on some very tough questions.

    Ware states that he longs for "Jesus to be honoured through the reflections upon his humanity" in The Man Christ Jesus. In reading the book my guess is that his longing will be fulfilled as Christians read and digest work. Ware regularly pauses in his explanations and answers to remind the reader of how certain aspects of Jesus' humanity are glorious and praise-worthy. His consideration of difficulties and queries about Christ's humanity do not terminate on the accumulating of knowledge but lead to adulation and adoration. For example, Ware grapples with how Jesus was tempted and concludes that his temptations were similar in every way to ours and the fact that as God he was impeccable (unable to sin) this does not resist sin from his divinity but rather from his humanity. To this he writes, "For our sake and for our salvation, he steeled his heart to fight temptation as a man, in dependence on his Father and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Praise be to Jesus who, though tempted in every way as we are, never, ever sinned." (85) This response to theological truths encourages the reader to move from thinking in the head to adoring in the heart. Ware's proclivity to pursue praise for Christ from doctrines about Christ is a commendable characteristic of this book.

    Finally, this book is very functional due to its format. Each chapter contains a section focused on application as well as a section of questions for further discussion. The applications sections are wonderfully written and contain practical considerations that are pure gold. These support the reader by helping him to apply these significant spiritual truths to everyday life. These practical portions make the book helpful for personal study and growth. I am very glad that Ware included this in his book. The questions for discussion that are positioned at the end of each chapter promote the benefit of this book as a resource for small groups. These questions help clarify the issues and ideas in each chapter and indicate what knowledge should be garnered. They lend themselves to a small group study and I intend to use them and this book for that purpose. Both individuals and groups will find the book's format, sections for application and further study, beneficial for practical application.

    This book was easily one of the top books I read this year. It was significant for its teaching on some difficult doctrines about Christ's humanity. It elicited thoughtful exultation and worship of the great God-man who redeemed us. And it is a very functional book with a format that encourages practical application of its truths. I highly recommend this book.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.
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