I saw this topic come up in the Bible Versions forum and would like to get other people's thoughts on it. Someone there claimed that Jesus retained his perfect and complete knowledge while he walked the earth. Personally, I believe Jesus emptied himself of some of his divine attributes -- including total knowledge -- in his incarnation. Philippians 2:5-7: "Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Now, it is not clearly stated what specifically Jesus emptied himself of. But other passages show that divine knowledge is one of those things: Luke 2:52: "And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." If Jesus increased in wisdom, that means he did not have all wisdom as a child. He was fully human, and as such he also had to learn, just as his body had to grow. Saying that an all-knowing Jesus increased in wisdom is as nonsensical as claiming that a perfect translation of the Bible became "perfecter" through revisions. Mark 13:32: "But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." This verse clearly says, in Jesus' own words, that Jesus did not know all things during his incarnational life on earth. There were things that God the Father knew that the Son did not know at that time. The obvious question, then, is how was Jesus able to reveal the details of the kingdom of heaven to his followers? Again, the question is answered clearly by Scripture; it is both prophesied and fulfilled: Deuteronomy 18:15: "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him." John 7:16: "So Jesus answered them and said, 'My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.' " John 12:49: "For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it." John 17:6-8a: "I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them." Hebrews 1:1-2: "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe." From this, we can see that it is not necessary to believe that Jesus was all-knowing during his earthly life in order to trust his words to us. Jesus gave us the word he received from the Father. And so, we can truly believe that Jesus was fully human, knowing our weaknesses, hungering like we do, crying as we do, able to be surprised as we are, growing in stature and wisdom as we do -- but all this without sinning as we do. Jesus' emptying of himself was not permanent. The One who now intercedes on our behalf has shared in our weakness, but is no longer limited by these weaknesses. Continuing on in the first passage I quoted: Philippians 2:9-11: "For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus 'every knee will bow', of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Thoughts?