And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
"Christ clothed His divinity with humanity that He might associate
with the fallen race, and through His own merits might elevate man to be a partaker of the divine nature.
He, the Majesty of heaven, disrobed Himself of His glory, and clothed His divinity with humanity, that He might pass through what humanity must pass through.--
He took the nature of man, with all its possibilities. We have nothing to endure that He has not endured. . . .
Adam had the advantage over Christ, in that when he was assailed by the tempter, none of the effects of sin were upon him.
*He stood in the strength of perfect manhood,
possessing the full vigor of mind and body.
*He was surrounded with the glories of Eden,
*and was in daily communion with heavenly beings.
It was not thus with Jesus when He entered the wilderness to cope with Satan. For four thousand years the race had been decreasing in physical strength, in mental power, in moral worth; and Christ took upon Him the infirmities of degenerate humanity. Only thus could He rescue man from the lowest depths of degradation." Ms. 113, 1902, pp. 1, 2 E.G.W.