Jesus Christ was required to endure a human existence to prepare his physical body and soul for resurrection - to embody and deliver eternal grace. Christ faced the same physical and cognitive environment all men confront. This included having his previous recollections of God and the pre-existence concealed. God’s design of the universe is an ordered composition; containing matter, energy, and other complex assemblies with fundamental requirements. These are over-layered upon time and intersect laws that assure the proper operation of the universe. Jesus Christ is a select spirit. He displayed unique and superior qualities and was specifically called to task by God to act in a position of authority. Even in the context of Christ's advanced elite calling, he could not avoid experiencing human life. That experience was (is) requisite to acquire the experience and insight required to endure and command the essential operating dynamics resident in the afterlife.
Christ’s soul, perhaps more than any other, required a physical preparation in an earthly existence to enable his unique role in eternity. For Christ to optimally function as the advocate for man at judgment, to later rule and manage mankind, to assume his responsibilities (yet unknown to man) he must intimately confront, absorb and learn from personal experiences, the mental and physical challenges human life in the earthly environment contains. Christ’s experiences, in human form, must include surmounting the physical conditions and restrictions inherent in God’s design for all men. These same physical dynamics exist throughout the universe. Order requires it.
Surmounting the challenges life on earth exhibits are necessary if Christ’s sacrifice is to have the intended meaning. (God too, experienced a human life and revealed that to us in Genesis – “in his own image”.)
Some may contend against this interpretation and ancillary assertions. I challenge them to consider and explain: What purpose does Christ’s life in a human body serve if the outcome - Christ acting as mankind’s advocate at judgment, and ruling over the earth’s inhabitants in the afterlife, was foreordained; and Christ knew his calling throughout his life? Christ’s presence on earth is needless if all his actions while on earth were pre-ordained. That condition means he arrived with an intimate and absolute knowledge of God, the pre-existence, and his calling. Christ, under these conditions, has no need for Faith. He implicitly knows the challenges forthcoming in his life and God’s plans. Under this rubric, the purpose for a thirty-three year life in human form is dubious - unnecessary. Christ was provided Free Will, a human body, and an environment filled with temptations of the flesh. Christ, like all mankind, was required to negotiate these – blindly, uncertain. Christ’s work and his actions while alive, exclusively, must arise from FAITH that a God exists – just like every other man ever born. Christ’s actions in deliberating, his decision-taking processes, and behaviors chosen, were requisite for him to prepare his his soul, his consciousness. Only then could he progress into the Savior.
Furthermore, Christ was confronted by Lucifer when fasting in the desert. If foreordination rules the cosmos, what is the purpose of, and what benefits are generated from, the confrontation with Lucifer? His life is preordained. He knows the outcome before, during, and after the meeting. Christ was not permitted to avoid the meeting. Something essential was resident in that confrontation. Christ was required to overtly rebuke and deny Lucifer – properly exercising his Free Will and displaying his Faith. Conversely, if Christ had chosen Lucifer’s several offers – then what? Is it not possible men occasionally failed to exercise good judgment and submitted to temptation – derailing God’s immediate plans? If so, must God contingently plan. Circumstances and the temporal nature of man suggest he must.
Christ is a chosen spirit. He was more advanced in the pre-existence and likely in other ways unknown, than the average spirit before the earth was made. But God’s designs, Christ’s calling, and the location, earth, within a larger universal framework, combine to place physical requirements for every soul seeking to obtain grace, and advance to, and within, the afterlife. Consider also, if Christ’s calling and status were foreordained and predetermined - there is no need for any conflict. Christ’s death can occur immediately after birth – quickly, peacefully, without pain or intrigue. Christ needn’t suffer the trials and tribulations he did, to expand his intellect and insight. There’s no need to exercise Free Will, showing evidence of a perfected Faith. Christ’s delivering miracles (due exclusively) to his exceptional faith, needn’t occur. But imagine the awe and wonder Christ felt, when, with no divine recollection, he prayed and applied his Faith so perfectly a miracle ensued. That had to have been a life-changing event.
If obtaining a body is all that’s required for Christ to fulfill his calling, what is the point of Baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit, the Gethsemane crisis, or the other challenges and rituals Christ was required to face and satisfactorily complete? Conditions and events that tempt unGodly behaviors are profuse and unavoidable requirements for ALL men – especially Christ. Christ needed to surmount them all perfectly – or at a superior and satisfactory level to physically prepare the content of his soul. Christ was not perfect when he came to earth. His life upon earth was requisite in perfecting him. What else explains Christ’s behaviors while on earth, his love, compassion, charity, anger, indecision, fear, and doubt?
Also consider this - Christ’s was initially unwilling to sacrifice his life at the moment of crisis. That infers he was afraid. He prayed. He begged to avoid death. If Christ’s life and decision making are foreordained – WHY would he question the process? Why would he ask to be excused from the suffering in his calling? If Christ knew for a certainty he was The Christ and Savior; he has no fear, no hesitation, no equivocation, or regret. He helps the Romans nail himself to the cross. He knows the grandeur awaiting him.
That did not happen. Christ experienced a very human and emotional moment of truth. Christ’s Faith abandoned him. Doubt, fear, indecision, and terror were all necessary components in Gethsemane and Golgatha. Christ was required to experience the totality of human life. Otherwise, he is unfit to be the Savior. Without those comprehensive experiences, it is possible he cannot serve in the role required. The totality of life events transformed Christ’s physical and immortal soul! Christ did capitulate to God’s desires, but his hesitation and reasoning reveal a very mortal emotion – fear of pain, and a genuine appreciation for his earthly life.
Consider also why God does not overtly and ubiquitously exert his authority and display his considerable powers to accomplish and suit his wants and needs? We know from scriptures that God is an emotional being. Why wouldn’t God act to rectify matters based upon his emotional state? So doing would directly contradict the commandments God gave mankind is one explanation. Alternatively, the order and design of the universe, I strongly suspect, restricts God acting. God’s considerable powers, when released, are like a thermo-nuclear pinball that sets off all manner of consequences that disrupt the equilibrium and order within the universe. God must assess, contain, and reestablish equilibrium every time he intervenes in the order of the universe. Time, space, matter, energy, etc., must be addressed, and the fundamental continuity reestablished. From a practical perspective, it makes sense God must live within the restrictions the universe’s design predicates a majority of the time. Reestablishing the order precisely as it was prior to God’s acting, is likely intensive labor that requires considerable amounts of God’s Faith. Faith is the device that enables control over matter, time, and the ingredients in each.
The physical requirements of eternity are intrinsically tied to the development of faith in God, overcoming temptation, and the accumulation of experiences, bolstered by information and intellect acquired throughout a lifetime. The required modifications to the spirit can only be obtained by living in human form, without proof God exists, and by taking the proper decisions while alive. Those requirements increase and align the soul's content in a manner analogous with heavenly, eternal requirements. These also perfectly fit within temporal scientific realities. The human soul has mass and physical properties. The soul accumulates sensory and cognitive experiences 24/7/365 over a lifetime. The soul is organized in a specific manner – contingent upon the experiences and decision taken – obedience, choice and faith. The dynamics resident within eternity, potentially including an alternative dimensional space, requires the soul be arranged in a unique manner and contain specific ingredients compatible with the eternal environment.