Why did the redeemer have to be a man?

The book of Deuteronomy states that the whole purpose of man is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Our purpose in this life is to love God with all that we are.  How do we love and worship God?

John 4:24

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

In the beginning, man had a perfect spiritual connection with God as well as dominion over the whole earth. He (Adam) soon forfeited this dominion to the adversary (Satan) by disobedience.  This verse should more accurately read: “God is spirit..” Not just a spirit, but The Holy Spirit – is what God is.  And the only way we can know him and worship him is to be born again, and worship him in spirit and in truth.  Now let’s look at Genesis to see why we needed a redeemer.

Genesis 3:6

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

It was a man (human, Adam) who lost the original, perfect, spiritual connection with God, so in turn it would make sense that a man (Christ) would restore the connection.  Even though it was Eve who initially brought the sin into the situation, it was Adam her husband who accepted it.  As the head of their marriage he was the one ultimately responsible for accepting or rejecting her error in judgement.  Since he accepted it, the “fall of man” occurred and mankind lost his spiritual connection with God.  Hence our redeemer was sent:

Matthew 1:18, 21

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Verse 21

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

God sent his son, Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and allow us to connect with God

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus Christ Is the only way to the Father!  He is our mediator between God and man.

I Timothy 2:5

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

This is the way God put it in order to function: God in Christ in You.  Christ is the mediator, the connection between God and us.

John 14:12-14 – Jesus said:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it

Jesus Christ had to be a man. If he were God, there would be no way for us to do his (Jesus Christ’s) works and GREATER, for there is none greater than God.  Only God can create the heaven’s and the earth in Genesis, but we cannot do that.  However, since Jesus Christ is the son of God, and was a man, we can do the works that he did and greater (John 5:20)

I Corinthians 15:20-22

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man [Adam] came death, by man [Jesus] came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive

Romans 5:12, 15, 17, 19, 21

12 Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

By one man’s one offense (Adam) we were dead in trespasses in sins

By one man, (Jesus Christ) we are redeemed from all evil!

17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus Christ is considered the “Second Adam” in the Word since he restored the broken connection that Adam lost in Genesis.

We have been made alive and saved from the consequences of sin that were brought on by Adam’s transgressions.

God accomplished 7 things by his son.  The number 7 means “spiritual perfection” in The Bible (see the book Number in Scripture by E.W. Bullinger for more details)

1. The Birth of Christ.

2. His sinless life.

3. The death on the cross.

4. His resurrection 3 days and 3 nights later.

5. His ministry following the resurrection.

6. His Ascension.

7. The coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

By these seven things he became our perfect passover as noted in Exodus.

Exodus 12:5

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

I Pet 1:18-19

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Jesus Christ Was the End of the Law, and gave his life by freewill choice to redeem us from sin.  He was without sin (without blemish) and fulfilled all of the Old Testament law to become our redeemer.

Jesus Christ:

Is the only way to the Father – John 14:6

Was Tempted in all things yet without sin. – Heb 4:15, 2:18

Always did the Father’s will – John 4:34

Was the perfect passover – I Corinthians 5:7

Is the master key to the word’s interpretation – I John 5:20, Rev 5:1-5

The Promised seed in Genesis – Gen 3:15

Lived “by the Father” – John 6:57

By Christ’s accomplishments he was our perfect passover and our redeemer.  The redeemer had to be a man, since it was a man (Adam) who sinned in the beginning.

God Bless You!

 

From a May 2005 teaching, All scriptures from KJV version of The Bible, all [brackets] mine. 
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