How can the incarnation of Christ be explained?

Author: BibleAsk Team


The Incarnation of Christ

Paul wrote that the incarnation of Christ is a great mystery (1 Timothy 3:16). To try to explain the incarnation is to go beyond the limits of what inspiration has declared to man. It is an attempted to dig into mysteries the human mind can’t even understand. The Lord declared, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). Thus, human thoughts fail to comprehend fully God’s infinite love, wisdom, and power that brought about the incarnation of Christ.

Christ – God and Man

Regarding the incarnation and the nature of Christ, the Bible simply affirms the fact that Christ was both divine (John 1:1) and human (verse 14). He is divine in the total sense of the word; He is also human in the same sense, except that He “knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Bible repeatedly and definitely proclaims this basic truth (Luke 1:35; Romans 1:3; 8:3; Galatians 4:4; Colossians 2:9; etc). Though Christ was initially “being in the form of God, did not consider it [a]robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:6–8).

The Son One With the Father

In Him was “all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9); nevertheless, “in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren” (Hebrews 2:17). From the days of eternity, Jesus Christ was One with the Father but He stepped down from the throne of the universe and came to earth so that He might live among us and make us acquainted with His holy character.

The two natures, the divine and the human, were mysteriously unified into one Being. Divinity was dressed with humanity, not replaced for it. Christ didn’t cease to be God when He became a human. The two natures became thoroughly and inseparably one, yet each remained distinct. The human nature was not altered into the divine nature, nor the divine nature into the human (Matthew 1:1; Luke 1:35; Philippians 2:6–8; Hebrews 2:14–17).

Although, as a man, He could have sinned, no stain of evil was found in Him; He was without sin. He was “tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). This is also the mystery of the perfect life of our Savior. For the first time human nature was led to victory over its natural tendency to sin. And because of Christ’s victory over sin, humans too can have victory over it (Romans 8:1–4, 37; 1 Corinthians 15:57).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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