Jottings: Incarnation

Jottings

There is no Christianity without the Incarnation. Moreover, the Incarnation is not some vague notion of the divine identifying with the human. It is relentlessly concrete: the Word that was with God and that was God became flesh (as John writes elsewhere, 1:1, 14 in the gospel of John). That is fundamental in John’s day, when he is combating those who presuppose that what is truly spiritual might don human flesh but could not become a human being; it is fundamental today, when we might be combating a philosophical naturalist who insists that the only reality is what occupies the continuum of space and time.

Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God : A daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. Volume 1 (December 2). Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books.

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Jottings – Appearance of the Saviour

Jottings

For in speaking of the appearance of the Saviour amongst us, we must needs speak also of the origin of men, that you may know that the reason of His coming down was because of us, and that our transgression called forth the loving-kindness of the Word, that the Lord should both make haste to help us and appear among men. For of His becoming Incarnate we were the object, and for our salvation He dealt so lovingly as to appear and be born even in a human body.

Schaff, P. (1997). The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Second Series Vol. IV (38). Athanasius: On the Incarnation

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