see in discussing the doctrine of the Trinity. One of these, the Son or Word, assumed the perfect
nature of a man (John i. 14), and in His human nature was hungry, tempted, slain. God cannot,
but man can, be tempted (Jas. i. 13), or be hungry, or die: hence, in order to suffer thus for and
with us, Christ assumed human nature.
101. M. How could Jesus be the Son of God or one with God, since on the cross He cried,
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me"?
C. This is a quotation from Ps. xxii. I, and calls attention to the fact that His death was
there prophesied of. That Christ was the Son of God and one with His Father is clear from His own
statements. If these were false, how can the Qur'an speak of Him as a prophet? He spoke in His human
nature on the on the cross, just as in His human nature He suffered and died. The words show (I)
that His was a real human body, in which He suffered mental and physical pain for your sake
and for mine: and (2) they are therefore a proof of His Humanity. We need proofs of His human nature
as much as proofs of His Deity, for both natures in union were requisite to make His atoning work
perfect (§ 100)1.
102. M. From John xvii. 3 it is clear that He was distinct from God, and was merely sent