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We Believe in the Incarnation

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in Jesus of Nazareth God took on human flesh and became the divine God-man

If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, He would have sent an economist.If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist.

If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor.

But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death, and he sent us a Savior.

DA Carson States,

We believe that the incarnation is the historical event in which God took on human flesh by adding humanity to his deity.

We believe that Christ is fully God.

John Provides us with information that should lead us to conclude that Christ is fully divine. He talks about 4 specific things.

a. He is eternal.

John 1:1–2 ESV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
Psalm 90:2 ESV
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Only God is eternal - every other being is temporal.
Psalm 90:1 ESV
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.

b. He is creator.

John 1:3 ESV
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
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When the bible begins by saying “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” this is a reference to the second member of the trinity. This is a reference to Christ. To say that Christ is creator is to say that Christ is God!

c. He is creator.

John MacArthur States

“If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: ‘God with us.’ We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ.

The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!”

Read more: https://www.christianquotes.info/images/john-macarthur-quote-christmas/#ixzz522pmh8dd

c. He is life and light.

John 1:4 ESV
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
If you translated this literally it would read - “In Him Life Was”. Christ is the source of life. There is no life apart from Christ.
There has been more than one occasion where I stood with a family as there loved one was removed from life support. It never fails that when that which was sustaining life is removed life is gone.
To say that Christ is life is to say that Christ is God.

d. He is divine.

John 1:1 ESV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
This phrase is literally translated, “And God was the Word”
The name Immanuel means what Church? It means God With Us!
In Christ deity we see unmistakably that God is with us.!

We believe that Christ is completely human.

John 1:14 ESV
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
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a. He was born.

Luke 2:7 ESV
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7

b. He grew.

Luke 2:40 ESV
And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

c. He became tired.

John 4:6 ESV
Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

d. He was thirsty and hungry.

John 19:28 ESV
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”
Matthew 4:6 ESV
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “ ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ”
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e. He became physically weak.

Luke 23:26 ESV
And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.

f. He cried.

John 12:27 ESV
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.
Jesus is able to wipe away our tears because he knows exactly how they taste.
John Calvin stated well,

“Christ has put on our feelings along with our flesh.”

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g. He died.

Luke 23:46 ESV
Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
David Mathis states well

“Have evangelicals today lost our wonder at the true and full humanity of Christ? In fighting for his deity, have we overlooked how human - how shockingly human - God himself became in Jesus of Nazareth?”

Mathis goes on to state,
How amazing that the divine Son of God would not just take on part of our humanity at that first Christmas, but all of it — and then take that true humanity all the way to the cross.

If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor.

Grant R. Osborne, “Incarnation,” Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 1025.

If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist.

If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician.If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor.But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death, and he sent us a Savior.

But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death, and he sent us a Savior.

C.S. Lewis stated

If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor.

But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death, and he sent us a Savior.

The Son of God became man to enable men to become the sons of God.

Lord’s Supper
1 Corinthians 11:23–24 ESV
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
1 Corinthians 11:22–24 ESV
What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not. For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
1 Cor 11:22-24
1 Corinthians 11:25 ESV
In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

How amazing that the divine Son of God would not just take on part of our humanity at that first Christmas, but all of it — and then take that true humanity all the way to the cross.

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