God cannot change - He cannot be two people, one Divine and one human.

Incarnation is a word frequently used by Christians, especially around Christmas time.  It means the ‘act of being made flesh’.  It comes from the early Latin version of John 1: 14:  “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us…”, and the term has stuck through these many centuries.  There are many references to the incarnation throughout the Bible.  Jesus tells us of the incarnation in Matthew 22: 42-46, and again in Revelations 22: 16.  Paul talks of it:  Romans 1: 3-4, Galatians 4: 4, Colossians 2: 9, etc. John talks of it: John 1: 1-3, I John 4: 1-3, etc.  Peter talks of it, Matthew 16: 16, I Peter 1: 18-20.   Now we know that God cannot change (Hebrews 13: 8).  Christ did not become two people, one Divine and one human, but He became one person with two distinct natures, a fully human nature and a fully Divine nature.  Notice John 17: 5:  “And now, Father, glorify Me in your presences with the glory I had with you before the world began.”  Jesus refers to His Divine nature He had from eternity past, and His human nature which needed glorified.

Adam sinned which brought about death.  Nobody could redeem him.  “No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him—the ransom for a life is costly no payment is ever enough.” (Psalms 49: 7-8)  God had to become man in order to pay the ransom.  “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” (Galatians 4: 4-5)   So, there are two basic reasons why the incarnation was necessary.  First, to reveal God to man.  “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.” (John 1: 17-18)  And, secondly, to redeem fallen man.  Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19: 10) “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10: 45)  As we celebrate this Christmas season with our family and friends, let us always remember the greatest gift of all.

About The Author

Dan Porte
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Dan is a graduate of Otterbein College (now University). He graduated with a degree in education. From time to time Dan still substitute teaches. His interest in history led him to investigate the historical accuracy of the Bible. This, in turn, led to a full investigation of Apologetics.

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