Was Jesus all-knowing? Or, to put it another way, was Jesus omniscient? That is the question Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss in today’s Bible study.
Jesus is fully God and Jesus is fully human. These two realities are affirmed many times in Scripture (John 1; Colossians 1; Hebrews 1; Philippians 2). It is difficult for us to wrap our minds around both the deity and the humanity of Jesus. Because Jesus experienced all that being human entailed, he was once an infant, without the ability to walk, talk, or even feed himself. So, how could the omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time) God be unable to walk, talk, and feed himself?
Furthermore, when Jesus began his ministry, he got tired and slept and he got hungry and ate. But did Jesus have to do other things like study? Did he have to prepare his sermons the way other preachers and teachers had to prepare their sermons? It is very possible that he did.
But if Jesus had human limitations, how did he know people’s hearts and minds? How to exercise authority over the winds and waves? How did he heal the sick and raise the dead? Where did this power come from if Jesus experienced human limitations during his earthly ministry?
This Bible study, asking, “Was Jesus all-knowing?” was prompted by a listener who had a question about a recent FB post from Dallas Jenkins, creator of The Chosen. Our listener asked:
Wes, I thought this may be an interesting topic for your podcast sometime. I think I’ve always assumed Jesus knew everything and thoughts while he walked earth but Dallas made some good points that have caused me to look at that differently. Curious what you’d think.
We hope you enjoy this Bible study.