Many prophets are mentiond in the old testament, and they are all flesh-and-blood (btw, Muhammad is also flesh and blood). So why did God deliver his message through Jesus (God's "manifestation"), instead of sending another flesh-and-blood prophet like he used to?


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Why God delivered His message through Jesus, God's manifestation, instead of using a prophet like He had at other times, is because what Jesus delivered was more than just a message.

Jesus actually became the message, and He was the only one qualified to do so, because the requirements for this job had to be sinlessness, and not just sinlessness, but the perfect sacrifice to satisfy the debt owed on behalf of all of humanity and their sin. He not only had to be sinless, pay the penalty, but He had to redo what Adam undid, He had to be a man and reverse the curse by never choosing sin, which Jesus also did.

Since sinlessness is unachievable by humans, God sent Jesus.

Jesus paid for this debt with his own life and blood, and the Father accepted it as just payment for the sins of humanity for all time.

"for He (Jesus) who knew no sin, became sin for us, so that we could become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus." 2 Cor 5:21 Bible

  • This same price could be paid by any flesh-and-blood, such as in the Binding of Isaac (which eventually was prevented, but nontheless).
    – Sparkler
    Nov 23, 2014 at 1:02
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    @Sparkler -wrong, no other human could have paid the price for the sins of the whole earth, it required sinlessness and Jesus was also God, laying down his life for all of us, paying our debt Himself.
    – Hello
    Nov 23, 2014 at 1:10
  • What you're implying is that it was God's interest to forgive humanity. Is that so?
    – Sparkler
    Nov 23, 2014 at 1:16
  • Humanity created a rift between them and God, and God came Himself and paid the penalty for the rift with his own brutal painful death after many hours of torture. He satisfied and fixed the problem by punishing Himself instead of man.
    – Hello
    Nov 23, 2014 at 3:23

Before Jesus, "flesh-and-blood" monotheistic prophets could only address God through what later was termed Apophatic theology. The "introduction" of Jesus brings in what was later termed Cataphatic theology. This significant change made the concept of God much more accessible to humanity than before.

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    Um, Apophatic Theology is typically associated with the Eastern Orthodox, well after Jesus. The Jewish prophets were very clear in positively identifying God as merciful and just- cataphatically identifying who He is, not merely negating what he is not. This answer is simply nonsensical. Nov 23, 2014 at 3:27
  • @AffableGeek, positive identification is all over, but isn't it only figurative? moreover, the negation is well established in the old testament (1 Kings 19 11:12).
    – Sparkler
    Nov 23, 2014 at 3:35
  • No. God is very clear "I will be your God, and you will be my people." That isn't figurative. That is as cataphatic as it gets. When Moses sees God's glory, or Jacob sees God face to face and wrestles with him - these aren't figurative things. This is a positive manifestation of a "God with us" pitching his tent and leading the Children of Israel out of Egypt in a very present and direct manner. Nov 23, 2014 at 3:43
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    I'm sorry, but the premise of your argument is fundamentally flawed. Nov 23, 2014 at 3:44
  • @AffableGeek, to my understanding "I will be your God, and you will be my people" is neither cataphatic or apophatic.
    – Sparkler
    Nov 23, 2014 at 3:44

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