By Dr. Mark E. Shaw with TAC Team

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:19-20 (ESV)[1]

The “hypostatic union” is a fancy name for the combined attributes of Christ—that He is fully God and fully man.

Jesus was fully man and fully God. While this is impossible for us to understand completely, its complexity doesn’t make it untrue.

In Christ Jesus, you have a friend who knows what it’s like to be human. Though Jesus never used illicit drugs, he knows what it’s like to be tempted as He was externally tempted by Satan in Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13.

Hebrews 2:17-18 says it best:

Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

God-Given HOPE!

This truth about Jesus gives us hope!

Jesus modeled how to overcome temptation.

But Jesus also intercedes for us as a faithful high priest.


In Christ we have more than just a good example. Yes, a good perfect example He is in those passages I mentioned. The way Jesus answers according to scriptures is so helpful to us as we battle daily temptation to fulfill our own desires.

So the Scriptures show us the perfect God-Man, Jesus, demonstrating to us how to battle temptation on earth.

Believers in Christ have the One Mediator between God and man, (1 Tim 2:5) who sat down at the right Hand of the Father.

The Holy Spirit whom Jesus asked the Father to send to be with all those who would believe in Him, is the one who intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

This is what we read in Romans 8:26, which says this:

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Hebrews 1:3 speaks of Jesus when it says:

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…

Heb 10:12 goes on to teach us:

But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God…

All Believers in Christ have a FUTURE that is SURE!

The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. -Rev 3:21


About the Author

Dr. Mark E. Shaw is the Founder and President of The Addiction Connection, who has now published 28 books and booklets on biblical counseling and the heart underlying all addictive issues.

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