WHI-1289 | The Incarnation: God With Us

Sunday, 20 Dec 2015

On this program we are continuing our discussion concerning the person and work of Jesus. Our topic is the doctrine of the incarnation. Nancy Guthrie joins our roundtable discussion to parse this central doctrine out. Nancy is a teacher and the author of several books including Holding On to Hope: A Pathway through Suffering to the Heart of God; Be Still, My Soul: Embracing God’s Purpose and Provision in Suffering; and a five-volume series entitled Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament.

What is the significance of Jesus’ incarnation? To answer this question we will examine key New Testament texts that announce the birth of Christ and walk through numerous Old Testament prophecies in which these promises are rooted. Join us for this edition of the White Horse Inn.

“A couple things jump out, one is from John’s prologue itself from verse 14, that remarkable expression, ‘The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.’ He pitched his tent in our midst. So, we’re picking up the whole tabernacle theme that God’s presence with us is now not in a tent, it’s in this person. This is why Jesus is the true temple and the true Israel and why people looking for the nationalist promises can miss the whole point of what Christ came to do, that’s fulfilled in him.
“The other thing is, it strikes me as you go through that wonderful summation, how many times we read in the scripture in one way, shape or form, the promise, ‘I will be your God and you will be my people.’ And at the end of history, that promise is reiterated that God’s presence with us – we’re his people because he’s now in our midst in a way that’s far greater than Adam’s experience of God and Eden.”
– Kim Riddlebarger
Of the Incarnation of the Son of God
We confess, therefore, that God has fulfilled the promise which He made to the fathers by the mouth of His holy prophets, when He sent into the world, at the time appointed by Him, His own only-begotten and eternal Son, who took upon Him the form of a servant and became like unto man, really assuming the true human nature with all its infirmities, sin excepted; being conceived in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit without the means of man; and did not only assume human nature as to the body, but also a true human soul, that He might be a real man. For since the soul was lost as well as the body, it was necessary that He should take both upon Him, to save both.
Therefore we confess (in opposition to the heresy of the Anabaptists, who deny that Christ assumed human flesh of His mother) that Christ partook of the flesh and blood of the children; that He is a fruit of the loins of David after the flesh; born of the seed of David according to the flesh; a fruit of the womb of Mary; born of a woman; a branch of David; a shoot of the root of Jesse; sprung from the tribe of Judah; descended from the Jews according to the flesh; of the seed of Abraham; since he took on him the seed of Abraham, and was made like unto his brethren in all things, sin excepted; so that in truth He is our Immanuel, that is to say, God with us.
(The Belgic Confession, Article 18)

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