The Incarnation – Part 2

In part 1, we looked at how the word “incarnation” is not specifically used in the Bible, but that the concept and teaching clearly is.  Essentially the doctrine of the incarnation states that Jesus, as the Second Person of the Trinity, took on humanity Himself when He was born.  The teaching of Jesus’ incarnation comes from various verses that use the words “flesh” and “in.” 

Now, we will consider some of the purposes of Jesus’ incarnation.  In other words, why did God send His Son in the flesh? 

The first reason is that Jesus reveals God to us (John 1:18).  If you want to know what God is like look at Jesus (John 14:7-11).  Second, He came to provide salvation to all who would believe in Him (1 Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 10:1-10).  A third reason is related to the promise of the Davidic Covenant.  God had made this promise (covenant) many years earlier in 2 Samuel 7:4-17.  The angel Gabriel told Mary that her son would inherit the throne of David (Luke 1:31-33). 

Jesus’ birth was not accidental but served many purposes.  Therefore, the incarnation has many implications for our lives especially as we consider the birth of Jesus this Christmas.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven