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The Duality Of Christ's Cognition


The duality of Christ's intellectual experience is evident to a New
Testament student who has any acquaintance with psychology. We find in
Christ two cognitive faculties with two dominant universes of thought
and knowledge. On occasions He speaks and acts as if He read at a
glance all the secrets of nature and the human heart, as if all time
past, present, and future was an open book to him, as if He were in the
counsels of the Most High. On those occasions divine intuition
superseded in Him the slow and faulty methods of human intelligence;
thought was vision, intellect intuition, knowledge omniscience. Thus
His divine nature cognised and knew. That, however, is only one half
of the picture. On other occasions his mind appears to have been
perfectly human. His intelligence and perceptive faculties differed
not essentially from ours. He asked questions and sought information.
He used human categories. He progressed in wisdom. The development of
His mind was gradual. His knowledge was relative to His age and
surroundings. Memory and obliviscence, those complementary and perhaps
constituent elements of soul-being, attention, sensation, recognition,
and discursive reasoning, all these exhibitions of the workings of the
normal mind appeared in Christ. In this manner His human nature
cognised and knew.

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