The Incarnation of Jesus Christ

December 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

Philippians 2:5-7
 

1.The Meaning of “Incarnate”

In carnis (Latin)                       In- “into”         carn – “flesh”

Jesus:  The fullness of God in human form (Colossians 1:19)

TWO NATURES IN ONE PERSON

Divine Nature:  Eternally existing as the 2nd person of the Trinity

The fullness of God in all His perfections

Human Nature:  Designed in the image of God at creation

Uncorrupted humanity: “it was very good” (Gen 1:27, 31)

 

2. The Method of The Incarnation

Man DID NOT (cannot) become GOD God DID NOT (will not) elevate man to DIVINITY

INSTEAD:  GOD BECAME HUMAN (Philippians 2:4-7)

The 2nd person of the Trinity accepted a change in status

Without surrendering any of His Divine attributes (Fully God)

Embracing the limitations of human form (Fully Human)

 

3. The Mission of The Incarnation

TO REDEEM HUMANITY THROUGH JESUS

He manifested an unblemished human nature

He lived a righteous and sinless human life

He became our atoning sacrifice in death

He demonstrated God’s love for humanity

He identifies with our suffering

He intercedes for us before the throne

 

4. WHEN WE ARE BORN-AGAIN THE IMAGE OF GOD IS RENEWED IN US

We are given a heart of flesh: (our potential is restored) Ezekiel 36:26

The Holy Spirit (God) comes to live within us   John 14:16-17

In Christ we become righteous before God     2 Corinthians 5:21

The Spirit of God begins to conform us to be like Jesus   Romans 8:29

When He appears, WE WILL BE LIKE HIM!   1 John 3:2

 

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