The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) recognizes Jesus’ nature or state of being based solely on the teachings of the Bible. The belief that Jesus has a dual nature- that He is both God and man is not only without biblical basis but also directly goes against God’s teaching and that of Jesus himself.
As recorded in the Gospel according to John, Jesus is man in nature according to His own testimony.
The duality if Jesus’ nature is unbiblical because God clearly said:
“For I am God, and not man …” Hos. 11:9 NKJV.
Neither does God allow a man to be both man and God. The Bible explicitly states:
“Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Because your heart is lifted up, And you say, ‘ I am god, I sit in the seat of gods, In the midst of the seas, ‘ Yet you are a man, and not god, Though you set your heart as the heart of a god” Ezek. 28:2 NKJV.
Hence the belief the Jesus is both man and God is against God’s teaching.
Never did our Lord Jesus Christ teaches that aside from being a man, He is also God. In fact, when His disciples mistakenly thought that Jesus was a spirit, He corrected them:
“Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” Luke 24:39 NKJV.
Jesus clarified that a spirit has no flesh and bones. Who was He referring to a Spirit? He said
“God is Spirit …” John 3:24 NKJV
Thus Jesus made clear that He is different from God -God is Spirit while He is a man in nature.
To prove further that He is not God, Christ said:
“Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father, and to My God and your God” John 20:17 NKJV.
Jesus who will ascend is not the same God as the Father to whom He will ascend.
According to Jesus, how many gods should all people recognize? He said,
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God … ” John 17:4 NKJV
Who is He referring to as “the only true God”? He is referring to the Father in heaven. “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven and said: ‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify You’ John17:1 NKJV
Hence the Iglesia Ni Cristo does not believe in the supposed dual nature of Jesus because it is against the teachings of the Bible.
Source ► PASUGO June 2019