Doctrine

  Incarnation
 

“The common thought in respect to our Lord’s manifestation in the flesh is usually expressed by the word incarnation...The Incarnation theory is that our Lord’s human body...was merely a clothing, a covering for the spiritual body. The thought therefore...is that our Lord during his earthly life was still a spirit being, exactly as before, except that he used the flesh...as his vail or medium of communication with mankind, after the manner in which angels had appeared in human form...” E93

ACTUALLY MADE FLESH

JOHN 1:14: “The Word [Logos] was made flesh and dwelt among us.”

WRONG IDEAS BASED ON INCARNATION THEORY

“Because of this incorrect premise many confused and unscriptural ideas have been evolved respecting the various incidents of our Lord’s life and death:...this theory assumes that our Lord’s weariness was...feigned; because...a spirit being could know no weariness...This theory would imply also that our Lord’s prayers were feigned, because, says this theory, he was God himself, and to pray would have been to pray to himself; hence it is argued that his prayers were merely pro forma, to make an impression...The same theory is bound to suppose that our Lord’s death was merely an appearance of death, for they argue that Jesus was God the Father, who being from everlasting to everlasting, cannot die: hence that the apparent agony and cry...

MATT. 27:46: “‘...My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’

“...and the dying, were merely pro forma, to make the impression upon the minds of those who heard and saw. The logical argument of this theory, therefore, is that there was no real death for man’s sins, but merely an appearance of one,...a deception produced for a good purpose — to favorably influence the sympathies and sensibilities of mankind.” E94

“...when they claim that he was a great and worthy example they seemingly forget...that a life of fraud and deception would not be a proper example; and...while claiming that Jesus was sinless, they claim that his life was an example for all the world, of how to put away sin...” R864:4

JESUS ACTUALLY BECAME A MAN

“...our Lord...actually...’divested himself of,’ his prehuman conditions, and actually took our nature, ‘...was made flesh.’ There was no...sham, about it: it was not that he merely appeared to humble himself while really retaining his glory and power:...not that he seemed to become poor for our sakes, yet actually remained rich in the possession of the higher spiritual nature all the time: it was not that he merely put on the clothing...of a servant. No, but he actually became a man...” E94

1 TIM. 2:5,6: “...The man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all...”

WHY NECESSARY TO BE MADE FLESH

“...it was absolutely necessary that he should be a man — because it was a man that sinned, man who was to be redeemed, and the divine law required that a man’s life should pay the redemption price for a man’s life.” E95

DEUT. 19:21: “...life shall go for life...” (Cf. Exod. 21:23).

1 COR. 15:21,22: “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

PHIL. 2:5-7: “...Christ Jesus...made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” (Diag.): “divested Himself, taking a Bondsman’s Form, having been made in the Likeness of Men.”

NOT A SINFUL MAN

“But let no man misunderstand us...to mean that our Redeemer became a man such as we are, full of inherited imperfections and blemishes.” E95

HEB. 7:26: “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners...”

LUKE 1:35: “...the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

WHY JESUS WAS PERFECT

“...in the case of Jesus a perfect life (not of or from, the Adamic fountain) was transferred by divine power from a pre-existent condition ...was born ‘holy’ (pure and perfect), though of an imperfect mother...Jesus was thus uncontaminated with the imperfections, mental, moral, or physical — which his mother in common with the entire human race shared...” E103
See also Index: Ransom; Trinity.