An Interview with Bruce Ware on the Humanity of Christ
A conversation about the arguments in Bruce Ware’s new book, The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ, which D. A. Carson suggests 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.”
00:30: What drove you (Bruce Ware) to write this book?
01:50: You start the book with a discussion of Philippians 2. Why did you choose to reference Philippians? Help us especially understand what it means when Paul says that Jesus “emptied himself” and became a servant.
03:57: When I (Dane Ortlund) think about the supernatural things Jesus did, my default mode is to think that Jesus is “falling back on his deity.” Help us understand the way you deconstruct and provide a corrective to that logic.
06:23: You have a chapter in the book that discusses Christ’s impeccability. What does it mean that Jesus was impeccable and how does that connect to his humanity? What does that mean for believers today?
09:25: Why did Jesus have to come as a man and not a woman?
11:43: What would you say to a woman who says to you, “Ok Dr. Ware, Jesus came as a male. Is it not true then that Jesus doesn’t really understand me as a woman?”
14:00: Why did Jesus have to come and be a man to save us? I can understand why only God could save me, but why did the second person of the trinity also need to become fully human and, it seems, do what Psalm 49 says can’t be done?
18:13: Is Jesus still a man today?
20:08: Why is knowing that Jesus’s incarnation is not a “parenthesis” cause for worship?