We continue the series on 10 things all Christians should know about basic Christian doctrines. Today we look at the Incarnation of Christ. Continue reading . . .
We continue the series on 10 things all Christians should know about basic Christian doctrines. Today we look at the Incarnation of Christ.
(1) The word “Incarnation” refers to the idea that Jesus has come to earth “in the flesh" (1 Jn. 4:2; 2 Jn. 7); was “sent in the flesh” (Rom. 8:3); “appeared in the flesh” (1 Tim. 3:16); “suffered in the flesh” (1 Peter 4:1); “died in the flesh” (1 Peter. 3:18); made peace by abolishing “in the flesh the enmity” (Eph. 2:15): and “made reconciliation in the body of his flesh” (Col. 1:21-22).
Thus, by the Incarnation we mean that the eternal Word or second person of the Trinity became a man or assumed human flesh at a point in time, yet without ceasing to be God.
(2) The “Word” or God the Son did not simply become a man or even a human (although both are true). Rather “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14), a strong, almost crude way of referring to human nature in its totality: true body, soul, spirit, will, emotions, etc.
(3) God the Son “became” flesh. The Word did not pretend to be a man or play at being human. The Word became flesh. The Word did not “beam down” in full bodily form. The Word did not enter into flesh, as if to suggest that there was a man, a human being, into which the Word made entrance. The Bible doesn't say the Word “dwelled” or “abided in” human flesh, but that he became flesh.
(4) The doctrine of the Incarnation means that two distinct natures (divine and human) are united in one person: Jesus. Jesus is not two people (Go