Given the way the gospels treat Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and ascension, confusion on that point could yield directly contradictory ideas about the origin of the faith. By extension, such confusion could have implications for interpretation of the teachings that were eliciting new adherents to the faith even in the midst of secular persecution that was coeval with Tertullian's life.
Tertullian's discussion of the nature of Jesus as God, Jesus as man. Human nature is the most immediate experience of the conscious being's sense of being alive. As Jesus was the Son of man, he must have had that consciousness, but as he was the Son of God, he must also have had a special consciousness that passes human understanding. One thing that has to be sorted out is who the father is, and that brings in the vexed problem of the tripartite Godhead. There remains the equally vexed implications of the scriptural biographies of Jesus, which are black-letter re