Was Jesus Confused About Who HE Was?

Q. Was Jesus confused about who He was and what He was here for?

A. No. He always knew Who He was and what He was here for. He was NOT confused. However, there are many theologians who are confused. Jesus was fully God and fully man. He was divine and hypostatically united to the human nature received from His mother. If in trying to understand Jesus we start saying, “Jesus did not know He was God at first” or “Jesus did not know why He was here until such and such a time” or “He did not know he was God as an embryo” we DENY His Divine nature. By definition, Deity is all knowing. So if Jesus at any time at or after His incarnation was not all knowing he lacked a divine attribute and therefore would not have been FULLY GOD as well as fully man. Most of the early heresies involved wrong beliefs about Jesus.

    • Below is a sampling of some of the major heresies. Those related to our topic here are in bold.
      • Adoptionism– God granted Jesus powers and then adopted him as a Son. He was not eternally existent with the Father, He was adopted by the Father after testing at his baptism. (I used to believe this-no one taught it to me.)
      • Apollinarianism– Jesus’ divine will overshadowed and replaced the human.
      • Arianism – Jesus was a lesser, created being.
      • Docetism– Jesus was divine, but only seemed to be human.
      • Gnosticism – Dualism of good and bad and special knowledge for salvation.
      • Kenosis – Jesus gave up some divine attributes while on earth.
      • Modalism – God is one person in three modes. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit just three names for same, one person, God.
      • Monophysitism– Jesus had only one nature: divine. He was not fully human.
      • Nestorianism – Jesus was two persons. Mary did not give birth to God the Son
      • Socinianism – Denial of the Trinity. Jesus is a deified man.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

472 This human soul that the Son of God assumed is endowed with a true human knowledge. As such, this knowledge could not in itself be unlimited: it was exercised in the historical conditions of his existence in space and time. This is why the Son of God could, when he became man, “increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man”,101 and would even have to inquire for himself about what one in the human condition can learn only from experience.102 This corresponded to the reality of his voluntary emptying of himself, taking “the form of a slave”.103

473 But at the same time, this truly human knowledge of God’s Son expressed the divine life of his person.104 “The human nature of God’s Son, not by itself but by its union with the Word, knew and showed forth in itself everything that pertains to God.”105 Such is first of all the case with the intimate and immediate knowledge that the Son of God made man has of his Father.106 The Son in his human knowledge also showed the divine penetration he had into the secret thoughts of human hearts.107

474 By its union to the divine wisdom in the person of the Word incarnate, Christ enjoyed in his human knowledge the fullness of understanding of the eternal plans he had come to reveal.108 What he admitted to not knowing in this area, he elsewhere declared himself not sent to reveal.(Mark 13:32 & Acts 1:7)

One hundred years ago, Pope Pius the X, against the heresies of Modernism, clearly condemned the belief that Jesus did not always know who He was and what He was here for Lamentabili Sane #34 & 35


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