Raised For Our Justification
Our study brings us to the conclusion that the humiliation of Christ by itself and isolated from his exaltation is of absolutely no value to us. If Christ is not raised, then we are still in our sins.
It is a commonplace of theology that the life of the incarnate Son of God can be divided into two major states. Reformed theologians call these two states the state of humiliation and the state of exaltation.
The humiliation of Christ begins with his incarnation, when the divine Word of God left the bliss of his Father's glory and willingly became flesh for our salvation. His birth was in humble circumstances–his mother laid the divine baby in a feeding-trough for animals. His upbringing was unattended by the gaudy displays of wealth normally associated with the ...