By Elvin C. Myers
Scripture Reading: I Timothy 1: 15
In our text verse, Paul gives us a reason for the incarnation; . "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." Not everyone believes this.
Some say the incarnation never happened because it is impossible. Others say it doesn't matter if it did or it didn't; nothing depends on it. In defense, the true believer in Christ says it matters altogether. The Bible gives at least three reasons why the Word became flesh.
1. Christ came into the world to reveal the Father (John 1:18). "No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him." In John 14:7-9, Jesus said to know Him was to know the Father. In Colossians 1:15 we read that Christ is the image of the invisible God.
2. Christ came into the world to destroy the works of the devil. I John 3:8b says, "for this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil." The devil was a betrayer, slanderer, liar and murderer, among other things.
3. Christ came to put awaysin. I John 3:5 says, "And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin."
Our sins are the sum total of all our transgressions, a random number no man can count. All our personal sins are in that number. Christ did not come to cover our sins, but to take them away, forever. To one and all alike, the sin problem has been solved. The Father sent the Son to die and pay the wages of sin for all mankind. Christ is our Savior; we have no other. If we acknowledge that Christ was born to die for us, then we will know the reason for the season; and Christmas will mean something special to us.
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:3
The word "incarnation" is not found in the Bible. It is not even found in the index of Strong's Systematic Theology. Neither are other words, like trinity, rapture or missionary, in the Bible. These words are used for concepts found in the Bible; so even if the words are not in our English translations, the ideas are there.
The incarnation is a teaching that the person of the triune Godhead referred to as the Son entered the human race by being born as a human baby and growing to adulthood. He was wholly God and wholly man at the same time, but He had no sin nature.
Romans 8:3b says, "God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." Philippians 27-8 says, "But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
John 1:14 says, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." Romans 1:3 says, "Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh."
The incarnation is the word that describes the entrance of the Lord into the human race by becoming a human being. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, might not have mentioned the Virgin birth and its accompanying details; but he makes it abundantly clear that Christ was the sinless Son of God who paid the debt of the sin of all humanity. It is up to man to accept the gift of God's love, namely salvation, by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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