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2:52 increased in wisdom. Jesus is God (John 1:1) and God is omniscient, so how could He “increase in wisdom?” This question points up the mystery of His divine/human nature. He was fully God, yet fully man (apart from sin), and this mystery is simply beyond our human comprehension. We are told that Christ “emptied Himself” (the essence of the Greek term translated “made Himself of no reputation” in Philippians 2:7), thereby implying a voluntary setting aside of His “omni” attributes in order to take “the form of a servant.” In the records of His life and teachings, there is abundant evidence of His deity, including His own claims (e.g., John 8:12; 11:26). At the same time, there is abundant evidence of His true humanity, including the fact that He “increased in wisdom” as He also grew in stature. Every act and teaching must be carefully studied in context to sort this out in each instance.

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