The first heresy that came into the Church was launched by a group called the “Palagians” who believed that Jesus was only God and not man at all – that he was only divine and not human. In defense of their thinking they went so far as to say that when Jesus walked he didn’t leave a footprint because he wasn’t physical – he was only an apparition that appeared to be physical.
They rejected all the Scriptures where Jesus called himself the “Son of Man” saying he was a little confused at those points.
Their heresy is probably the most dangerous of all those that ultimately would come into the church world.
If he is only God and not also true Man he is only perfect with no struggle. We can’t relate. Therefore…
- …we aren’t called to imitate him.
- …we aren’t called to see his life as the norm we are to aspire to.
- …we aren’t called to treat people the way he treated them.
- If he is only God and not Man then…
…the Poor will stay the Poor and uncared for
…the Lost will always be Lost and unreached
…those captivated by evil will remain prisoners in their minds and souls all their lives
The Palagians didn’t read their Bibles very carefully. Clearly, Jesus is the Son of Man. We have been called to be about the actions of Jesus, to do all he did, all our days as long as we have breath in us.