Omniscience in a Human Mind

einstein_1921_by_f_schmutzerWhen I was in college my most difficult class by far was University Physics (calculus based).  Even though I have always had a pretty good understanding of math and science, for some reason I just could not wrap my brain around the subject.  As the professor taught I understood what he was doing but could never understand why he was doing it.  Case in point, in Physics 2 we had an exam with 4 questions on it and I didn’t know how to any of them.  I wrote all over the page but missed all four.  That’s right I scored a zero on a 100-point test (the grade curve on that test was you passed if you made over 30- so I guess I wasn’t the only struggler).  On that day, I would have given anything to have had a brain transplant with Mr. Einstein who I hear was decent in Physics. Maybe I could have made at least the 30 points required to pass!

As I was reading about Jesus’ humanity, it strikes me that He had a human mind.  Which is a far cry from His pre-incarnate state (infinitely greater than my cranial exchange with Einstein suggested before).  While in His humiliation, the Omniscient One was somehow limited by His finite human mind.  Luke 2:52 says that “he grew in wisdom”.  Wayne Grudem says, “The fact that Jesus ‘increased in wisdom’ says that he went through a learning process just as all other children do—he learned how to eat, how to talk, how to read and write, and how to be obedient to his parents.”

I believe that Jesus was the perfect God-man.  100% God and 100% man.  Who even today exists in a post-resurrected body.  It is hard for me to grasp the combination of His two natures (God and Man) when it comes to trying to make sense of how His omniscience and His humanity coincide in the same being.  But they do somehow.

Takeaway-  Isn’t it interesting the sacrifice that Jesus made just so that we would understand more clearly God’s love and forgiveness of us.

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