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Summary Against Modern Thought: The Word Becomes Flesh

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And the Word was God.

ON THE INCARNATION OF THE WORD ACCORDING TO THE TRADITION OF SCRIPTURE

1 Since, of course, when divine generation was dealt with above, it was said of the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, that some things belong to Him in His divine nature, and some in that human nature by the assumption of which in time the eternal Son chose to be incarnate, it now remains to speak of the mystery of the Incarnation itself.

Indeed, among divine works, this most especially exceeds the reason: for nothing can be thought of which is more marvelous than this divine accomplishment: that the true God, the Son of God, should become true man. And because among them all it is most marvelous, it follows that toward faith in this particular marvel all other miracles are ordered, since “that which is greatest in any genus seems to be the cause of the others.”

2 This marvelous incarnation of God, of course, which divine authority hands down, we confess. For it says in John (2:14): “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” And the Apostle Paul says: “Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man” (Phil. 2:6-7).

Notes Everybody has their favorite scripture. This is mine: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It makes sense to me in a way I cannot explain. The idea becomes flesh. Amazing.

3 This is also shown clearly by the words of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, since at times He says lowly and human things of Himself, such as: “The Father is greater than I” (John 14:28) and “My soul is sorrowful even unto death” (Matt 26:38), which become Him in His assumed humanity, but at times He says sublime and divine things, such as: “I and the Father are one” (John 10: 30) and “whatever the Father has is Mine (John 16:15), which certainly belong to Him in His divine nature.

4 Even the things which we read about what our Lord did show this. That He feared, that He was grieved, that He thirsted, that He died: these belong to the human nature. That by His own power He healed the sick, that He raised the dead, that He effectively commanded the elements of the world, that He drove out devils, that He forgave sins, that when He chose He rose from the dead: these reveal the divine power in Him.

Notes I don’t like to bury this in a comment, but the implications of “I and the Father are one” are deep and many. This should be quoted to every person who both tries to remove the divine from Jesus, and is upset over God’s actions, particularly as related in the Old Testament.

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  1. “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”

    They don’t make men like that anymore. A pity. We could use one right about now.

  2. Curiously, I find it much easier to conceptualise the Trinity (albeit in somewhat inverted anthropomorphic terms, which I think is fair enough given that we are remotely, or dimly, an “image and likeness” of the Creator) than to conceptualise the Hypostatic Union in the Incarnation.

    Dear ole Tom’s take on it (as above) doesn’t seem to help me much. I guess that some things are obscured in a miserable sinner.

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