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Bible Doctrine 1,8 The Incarnation

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LESSON EIGHT

THE INCARNATION

  1. IN THE INCARNATION THE LOGOS BECAME FLESH:

Scriptural Reference:

“And the Word became flesh (Human, incarnate) and tabernacled among us” (John 1:14,

Amplified New Testament).

The dictionary meaning of “to incarnate” is given as “to embody in flesh.” In the incarnation

the Logos became flesh (John 1:14) and God was manifest in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16). This

is correct Scriptural terminology. God could not be born of Mary but He did manifest Himself

in that flesh that was born of Mary. The flesh that was born was the Logos incarnate. This

does not make two persons for the Logos was God.

We are able to say with Charles Wesley: “veiled in flesh, the Godhead see! hail, the Incarnate

Deity!”

  1. QUOTATION FROM THE WRITINGS OF BRO. ANDREW URSHAN:

The thought of the incarnation can be explained clearly by quoting here a paragraph written by

our beloved Bro. Andrew Urshan:

“Our Lord before He came in the flesh; He eternally existed as “God and Word,” notice: He

was not only the Word of God, (Logos) but also the very God, just as His beloved apostle said,

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Here

our Lord is declared to be both God and the WORD. The reader must also notice that God did

not become flesh and God was manifested in that flesh. So to say “God incarnate” is not right;

for God cannot be begotten, nor can He be born of a woman, but to say the Word incarnate and

God was in that personified Word reconciling the world unto Himself yet remaining in His

Heavenly habitation, without any change whatever in His glorious and omnipresent Being, is

scriptural teaching. Hence Jesus Christ was not only that limited human personality, He was

The Mighty God and the Everlasting Father also.” See Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1, etc. Herein lies the

great mystery of Godliness. “God was manifested (not by the flesh) but in the flesh, justified in

the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up

INTO GLORY.” (The Witness of God. December 1958).

  1. JESUS WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM:

Scriptural Reference:

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of

thee shall come forth unto me that is to be ruler of Israel” (Micah 5:2).

Bethlehem is one of the oldest towns in Palestine, and while the Gentiles controlled it, it was

called Ephratah. We note that “Bethlehem” and “Ephratah” are linked together for the

“incarnation.” This shows that both Jew and Gentile are brought together in the plan of

redemption.

Bethlehem is approximately six miles from Jerusalem. For many years it was under Arab rule

in the Kingdom of Jordan. Since the Six-Day War it has been governed and occupied by

Israel.

This is David’s native town, and the story of Ruth took place here. Benjamin was born here and

Rachel died here.

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