Were Jesus’ Miracles a Demonstration of His Humanity or Deity?

“If anything, what the miracles show is that Jesus is the genuinelyhuman being who, because he is utterly obedient to the Father, is ableto reflect the love and power and creative wisdom of the Father intothe world.” –N.T. Wright

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“A lot of Christians, and possibly even more non-Christians, think that central to Christianity is the view that Jesus could perform miracles because he was more than a mere human being. We shall take walking on water as an example. A vast majority of people today think that it is impossible to walk on water. Some Christians, though be no means all, think that they are required to believe that Jesus could do so; this ability was limited to him, since he was more than human. Many non-Christians also think that Christians must believe this. Moreover, a lot of Christians and non-Christians think that the faith of the first Christians depended on Jesus’ miracles.

“Historically, none of this is accurate. In the substantive part of this chapter, we shall see that in the first century Jesus’ miracles were not decisive in deciding whether or not to accept his message and also that they did not ‘prove’ to his contemporaries that he was superhuman. Ever since the fifth century (when the issue was officially settled), orthodox Christians have believed that Jesus was ‘true man of true man’ and that his divinity (which they also affirm) neither combined with nor interfered with his humanity: he was not an odd mixture. It is heretical to say that his divinity buoyed him up while his human feet lightly grazed the water. The definitive statement on this issue is that he is ‘of one substance with us as regards his manhood; like us apart from sin’ – not, ‘apart from the ability to walk on water’.” –E.P. Sanders, The Historical Figure of Jesus

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“‘For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit’ (John 3:34). It was the Spirit of God living in Jesus that gave him the power to do miracles, to know the thoughts of men, to be -God with us.- The humanity of Jesus prayed to the Spirit of God in him for strength, insight, wisdom, knowledge, direction, and power.” –WhoIsJesus.com

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“Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and did all His miracles by the Power of the Holy Spirit — because He was a man made completely under the Law.” –Matt Slick

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“As a man, Christ also relied on Himself – His own Deity, to performmiracles without qualifying them as being done by the Holy Spirit or byHis Father.” (>>)

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