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The Incarnation

In Philippians 2:5-11 we read one of the most amazing and beautiful statements in the Bible on the incarnation of Christ and His humility shown in His incarnation.  Yes, God the Son, Creator of the Heavens and the earth, without ceasing to be God, left the glories of Heaven to stoop in humility to walk among men as a human being, as a poor slave, (for that’s the meaning of the Greek word translated servant) and be tortured and executed on a Roman cross in order to pay the penalty for the sins of the world.

 

The first man, Adam, whom He had created out of the dust of the earth, had chosen to disobey God and experience spiritual death and later physical death.  In order to redeem fallen humanity,  God had to come down to this earth as a man Jesus, the Second Adam,  and take the death that we deserved. Those who trust Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins are saved and are born into the family of God.  Read the fifth chapter of Romans to better understand this truth.

 

For more details on the crucifixion go to my link JESUS and read a medical doctor’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion.

 

Three days later God the Father raised Him from the dead and He ascended back to Heaven in a glorified body, the same body the witnesses of the Resurrection saw and touched.  As He went up to Heaven in that body, so He is returning in that same body to rule on this earth for a thousand years.  For more information on all of this go to the link Prophecy or Olivet Discourse.

 

The Incarnation, God becoming flesh, is the foundational bed rock truth of the Christian Faith. Believe that the Lord Jesus is God and that He died and rose again to save you from your sins and you will experience salvation and assurance that you are saved. See Romans 10:9-13.  Deny this or confuse it and your “Christianity” evaporates into thin air.

 

Philippians 2:1 begins with Paul’s plea for humility and unity in the church. He uses the Lord Jesus Christ as the perfect model of this humility. Read with me verse 5-8. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

 

Note that this passage begins by stating that Jesus was in the “form” of God.  The Greek word for “form” is “morphee” the word that refers to His essential being.  Jesus has always existed as God and will continue to exist as God for eternity.

 

Note the word “fashion” in verse 8.  The Greek word for “fashion” is “skeema”, It refers to His appearance as people recognized Him.  On earth, God was seen in the person of Jesus as a man.  At the same time, throughout His short life on this earth, He never ceased to be God, although He voluntarily limited the use of His attributes as God.  He claimed to be God repeatedly, as recorded in John 5:18, 10:33, and 14:9.  His enemies were very much aware of that claim and it made them so furious, that they repeatedly tried to kill Him.

 

Note the word “equal” in Philippians 2:6.  The Greek word is isos. It is the same prefix used in the English words isomorphic (having the same form), or isometric (having the same measurements) or isosceles triangle, (a triangle having two equal sides. 

 

Even Jesus’ enemies understood that He claimed to be equal with God and that is what infuriated them and caused them to eventually crucify Him. Of course, God used their fury to carry out His own will.  It was God’s plan for Jesus to be crucified, for only as He died and shed His blood as the full payment for our sins, could we have ever been saved.

 

After Jesus’ Resurrection, He appeared at least twice to His disciples.  Depressed Thomas  had missed His first appearance, telling the other disciples that unless he could put his hand in the wound in Jesus’ side and put his finger in the nail holes in Jesus’ hands He would not believe.

 

John 20 tells the moving story of Jesus’ appearance to Thomas when He returned to His disciples the following week.  As He appeared in the room, He spoke directly to Thomas, inviting him to put his hand in Jesus side and his fingers in Jesus’ hands.  Thomas did not have to do that.  Instead he fell on his face before God and cried out in saving faith and I believe with tears, “My Lord and my God!”  From that day forward, Thomas was a believer and a faithful witness of Christ.

 

If God had died when the Man Jesus died,  God the Father and God the Holy Spirit would have also died,  for the three persons are one God,  If God had died, the universe would have imploded into nothingness, for Colossians 1:15-17 declares that the universe consists or is held together by the power of Christ.   Because Jesus is God, the Man Jesus had to rise from the dead three days after His crucifixion, which He did.

 

This doctrine of the incarnation, God becoming man in the person of Jesus Christ, is the foundational bed rock truth of the Christian Faith, which Peter confessed in Matthew 16:15-19.  Jesus responded to Peter, “Peter, you are (and the Greek says) a small stone. And upon this (and the Greek says) the bed rock of your confession, I will build My Church and all Hell cannot stop its progress.

 

What will you do with Jesus?  Reject Him as God and as the One who died on a cross and rose again to pay for your sins, and you will continue in your lost condition and one day face Christ as your judge. See Revelation 20:11-15.   Or Bow before Him today and receive Him by faith as your Saviour from sin, and He will save you from your sins. Through faith, you will be born again into the Family of God.  Read John 1:12

 

Now, with your Bible, dig into this web site and learn some foundational truths to help you better understand what it means to be a Christian.

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June 12, 2009 - Posted by | Philippians

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