The Incarnation – Part 1

The word “incarnation” is not specifically used in the Bible, but the concept and teaching clearly is.  This is similar to other doctrines such as the Trinity.  The word “trinity” is not used in the Bible although the teaching clearly is (Ex. Genesis 1:26; 3:22; 11:7).

The teaching of Jesus’ incarnation comes from various verses that use the words “flesh” and “in”.  Perhaps the best known is John 1:14 that says “And the word became flesh…”  Here are a few more to read through (Rom. 1:3; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:7f; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 2:14; 1 John 1:1f; 4:2; 2 John 7).

Essentially the doctrine of the incarnation states that Jesus, as the Second Person of the Trinity, took on humanity Himself when He was born.  It is important to remember with the incarnation that Jesus did not come into existence at birth, but rather existed eternally before the incarnation (see John 8:58; 17:5).

In part 2, we will consider the purposes of Jesus’ incarnation.


Pastor Steven