Bewildered Questions???

Sometimes the human mind finds it difficult to understand and accept the incarnation of Christ, seeing it as illogical, which often raises ideas and questions about the reality of these important topics such as:
• Why? Why did God have to leave his throne and come to earth as a human being?
• Is Jesus Christ really God? Or is he just a great man and an honored prophet?
• How could you think, or accept that the Almighty, most high God would become a Human being in our image?
• Is this not an insult to the divine one or his divinity?!
• How can this be? Was God married to have begotten a son?

• Is this the truth that is hard for the human mind to understand?
• Are the reasons provided for the Incarnation in the Bible adequate and reasonable to make this fact acceptable?
• Was the Almighty God, the Creator, unable to find another way for redemption other than Incarnation?

Before we start to answer the questions, I invite you to lift your heart to God in this prayer with me

Almighty God, Creator of all things, You alone are God
You alone are worthy of all worship
You are the Holy One who is separated from all evil, and every appearance of evil

You are the miracle worker and the source of all blessings
I know You can do anything, and nothing is impossible for You
I want You to reveal yourself to me and show me your truth
I want You to touch my heart and my mind
Let me understand the story of Your love for mankind and for me personally
Let Your Holy Spirit move through my life and change and renew my thoughts
I completely submit to Your will

The Story of Mankind.

God in the Christian faith is the creator of man, not for the purpose of being worshiped by man (as in other religions). If that were true it that would mean God only created man to make up for his insecurities- God forbid that to be true!
So why did God create man?
God created man because he loved him and wanted a relationship with a rational free willed being made in his image. A man who will also enjoy a relationship with his creator, while in obedience and submission to him, being able to communicate with him, walk with him and worship him out of love and from oppression. God declared this by saying “my delights were with the sons of men." Proverbs 8:31.

Unfortunately, man fell into sin and broke the covenant with God by disobeying the divine command that is to not eat from the forbidden tree. Man obeyed the voice of the devil. This fall was the beginning of a journey of misery for humans. It included everything from disease, pain, grief, and death, which were all due to man’s separation from God. Mankind had now become blemished with sin; man had lost his innocence and thus his fellowship with the holy God that does not tolerate sin. His descendants inherited the rebellious and corrupt nature of sin. It is said “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5. With this, man failed to enjoy being in the divine plan of company with God and his human family whom he loved.

Another Chance!

Nevertheless, God still loved man and wanted to give him another chance. So, He chose a righteous man named Abram and called him to leave his land and his people to enjoy, along with his descendants, being the chosen people of God. It is said “Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God.” Exodus 29:45 God blessed and privileged them greatly, and gave to them “a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Exodus 3:8) He also gave the Law which they were to follow in order to keep in the company of God who dwelled among them. “It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.” Deuteronomy 13:4

And thus they will enjoy all the great blessings as promised in this scripture, “If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors.” Deuteronomy7:12

Once again man rejected God. Man failed to reconcile with him, please him and submit to his commands. Therefore fell into disobedience and rebellion against God. It is written “So I told you what the Lord said. But you wouldn't listen. You refused to obey his command.” Deuteronomy 1:43Man lost the blessings, and instead gained curses, which was the natural outcome of sin. “They [the curses] will follow you everywhere. They'll catch up with you. You will be under the Lord's curse until you are destroyed. That's because you didn't obey him. You didn't keep the commands and rules he gave you." Deuteronomy 28: 45 The many prophets sent by God to return man to his rightful condition all failed.Once again man returned to point zero; he failed to obey the law and follow the prophets.

What Is The Solution?

There were two and only two ways to solve the problem of sin. The first was for God to leave man to his inevitable fate, which was the curse, in death and eternal doom. That, however, would mean failure of God’s plan for a relationship with man – and God the Almighty will never fail. This leaves the second way, which is as follows:

1- That God Himself come down man who failed to go to him.

2- That God Himself repair what man could not.

3- That God Himself pay the price of sin, which is a price that no human can or ever will be able to pay.

4- That God Himself create a new creation; one that can unite with him and live up to his holiness.

How Is The Solution Possible?

1- Incarnation: There had to be a messenger between God and man, in doing so, he had to assume human form and be completely both God and man, “a messenger, one out of a thousand, sent to tell them how to be upright.” (Job 33:23)

In other words, God comes in the form of a human being, "God was manifested in the flesh" (1 Tim 3:16) meaning that the appearance of God himself in his divine nature and his declaration of himself through a human body. It also means that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who is God himself, "I and the Father are one" (John 30:10) He has humbled himself, and rid himself of his eternal glory and accepted to take the form of a human body. “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage, rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very natureof a servant, being made in human likeness ‘And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
(Philippians 2:6-8) With this came the greatest miracle known to mankind, that God would be revealed in a way we see and know. He speaks with us and reaches out his hand to touch us and in the end he had suffered, had been crucified, died, buried and arose, completely fulfilling the divine purpose.

2- Reconciliation: “It is all from God. He brought us back to himself through Christ's death on the cross. God was bringing the world back to himself through Christ. He did not hold people's sins against them.” (2 Cor. 5:18-19).

3- Redemption: “He did not enter by spilling the blood of goats and calves. He entered the Most Holy Room by spilling his own blood. He did it once and for all time. He paid the price to set us free from sin forever.” (Heb. 9:12).

4- The New Creation: “Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. The old is gone! The new has come!” 2 Cor.5:17.

God Is Love

The conclusion is simply one word: love and love alone. God is love. For it is written, “God is love. How did God show his love for us? He sent his one and only Son into the world. He sent him so we could receive life through him. What is love? It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins.” (1 John 4:8-10) Also “The One who loves us! He has set us free from our sins by pouring out his blood for us.” (Rev. 1:5)

Is Jesus Christ Really God? Or is he Just A Great Man And An Honored Prophet

One can easily believe that Jesus is a meek man, a great teacher and miracle worker,
and an honored prophet worthy of respect and appreciation. However, it is difficult to believe the incarnation of God, or the fact that he is both God and man in one. Where did these truths come from? Did the Bible clearly speak about the doctrine of Incarnation? Does the bible declare that Jesus is truly the son of God, the one born of a virgin taking the form of a human body in our likeness or are these just myths and distorted teachings?

The doctrine of Christ’s incarnation has been firmly believed by the Church since the first day of its founding and since the Ascension of Christ in the first century. This doctrine was clear and declared ever since. Moreover, the apostles who were around Christ and saw his life, miracles, crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension, which the Holy Spirit used in the writing of the Bible, were eager to declare and establish this doctrine.

The Incarnation and Redemption are the focal point and heart of the entire bible. With both its old and new testaments, it was written by forty of God’s saints lead by the Holy Spirit during a period exceeding 1400 years. The bible speaks with full certainty about the incarnation of Christ. Even though the bible did not specifically use the term “incarnation” it did mention the story of the incarnation and explained its meaning throughout its holy books. The doctrine of incarnation wasn’t only mentioned in the new testament (i.e. after it had already occurred), but in fact, it was talked about in the Old Testament many times. We will cite some of the different scriptures in the Bible regarding this doctrine revealing to us that the incarnation of Christ is not merely a passing thought or few misunderstood or misinterpreted verses, but rather an integrated doctrine that fills both Testaments of the Bible.

Is There Any Proof About Incarnation In The Old Testament?

The Old Testament speaks a lot about the coming of the Messiah [Christ]. These prophecies show us very clearly not only the divinity (deity) of the Messiah, but also his humanity. We find one of these prophecies which declares both facts together (his divinity and his humanity) in these verses:
"Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son (birth = physical humanity of Christ), and call his name Immanuel (God with us = the deity of Christ)" Isaiah 7: 14

“A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us [son of man]. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace [son of God].” Isaiah 9:6

Please examine this prophecy again..... Indeed He was born and He is God!! A son and a father!! What a miracle beyond the grasp of the human mind and it was achieved through Christ Jesus.

  • Verses on the theology of Christ [the Messiah] : “Bethlehem Ephratah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One [Jesus] will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity.” Micah 5:2
  • Verses on the human nature of Christ: “I will put hatred between you [the serpent] and the woman. Your children and her children will be enemies. Her son [Christ will be the child of a woman not a man] will crush your head. And you will crush his heel.” Gen 3:15.

This verse speaks of the Redeeming Messiah who will come to save mankind. Who but Jesus is the son of the woman who will crush the devil by his death on the cross?

“And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed My command.” Gen. 22:18

Once again it speaks here about the human person born to Abraham and of Isaac, a prophecy about the Messiah. How can there be a human being other than Christ Jesus, God in the flesh, who exceeds beyond the capabilities of mankind, and through him all the earth will be blessed.

“I see him, but I don't see him now. I view him, but he isn't near.A star will come from among the people of Jacob. A king will rise up out of Israel.” Num 24:17.

 You can understand fully what the prophecy speaks of if you read the following verse:

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this witness for the churches. I am the Root [Creator] and the Son of David. I am the bright Morning Star” Rev 22:16

Is There Any Proof About Incarnation In The New Testament?

In the New Testament it is no longer a prophetic declaration, but a reality spoken about in clarity in almost all the books of the Bible. We will take some of the most important of these verses:

“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary and Joseph had promised to get married. But before they started to live together, it became clear that she was going to have a baby. She became pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit…’She is going to have a son. You must give him the name Jesus. That is because he will save his people from their sins…’and he will be called Immanuel.’ “The name Immanuel means God with us.” Matt 1:18-23.

“But what about you?’ he [Jesus] asked. ‘Who do you say I am? Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ. You are the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah! No mere man showed this to you. My Father in heaven showed it to you’” Matt 16:15-17.

“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee.’ John baptized him in the Jordan River. Jesus was coming up out of the water. ‘He saw the Holy Spirit coming down on him like a dove. A voice spoke to him from heaven. It said, ‘You are my Son, and I love you. I am very pleased with you.” Mark 1:9-11.

“But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must name him Jesus [son of man]. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest God [son of God]’…He will rule forever over his people... His kingdom will never end.’ Mary asked the angel, How can this happen, I am a virgin? The angel answered, The Holy Spirit will come to you and the power of the Most High God will cover you; and so the holy one that is born will be called the Son of God… nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:30-37.

“In the beginning, the Word [son of God] was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God ... All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. Life was in him [son of God].” John 1:1-4

The Word became a human being [the incarnation- son of man]. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the one and only Son.” John1:14

“How did God show his love for us? He sent his one and only Son into the world. He sent him so we could receive life through him.” 1 John 4:9.

“He [God] made his Son [Jesus] to be like those who have a sinful nature. He sent him to be an offering for sin.” Romans 8:3.

“But then the right time came. God sent his Son. A woman gave birth to him. He was born under the authority of the law.” Galatians 4:4.

“In his very nature he [Jesus] was God… Instead, he made himself nothing. He took on the very nature of a servant. He was made in human form. He appeared as a man. He came down to the lowest level. He obeyed God completely, even though it led to his death. In fact, he died on a cross” Philippians 2:6-8.

“There is only one God. And there is only one go-between for God and human beings. He is the man Christ Jesus.” 1Timothy 2:5.

“There is no doubt that godliness is a great mystery. God appeared in a body.” 1Timothy 3:16.

“Those children have bodies made out of flesh and blood. So Jesus became human like them in order to die for them. By doing that, he could destroy the one who rules over the kingdom of death. I'm talking about the devil.” Hebrews 2:14.

“So he [Jesus] had to be made like his brothers in every way. “ Hebrews 2:17

“The blood of Christ set you free from an empty way of life…You know that you were not bought with things that can pass away, like silver or gold. Instead, you were bought by the priceless blood of Christ. He is a perfect lamb. He doesn't have any flaws at all. He [Jesus] was chosen before God created the world [eternity]. But he came into the world in these last days for you.” 1 Peter 1:18-20.

- The last of the Disciples of Christ is the apostle John who lives around the year 90 AD. In response to the philosophy of the Gnostics that did not accept the doctrine of Christ’s Incarnation in the belief that matter is associated with evil and thus cannot be associated with the most holy God said The Apostle John said:

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know you the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God. This is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come, and even now already is it in the world.” 1 john 4: 1-3

In these verses the Apostle John declares that there are many prophets and philosophers who speak lies influenced by demonic spirits against the mind of God Almighty. He put a sign with which to know the truth that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God who has come in the flesh and that anyone who resists this teaching is under the influence of a false demonic spirit called “the spirit of the antichrist.”

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this witness for the churches. I am the Root [Creator] and the Son of David. I am the bright Morning Star” Rev 22:16.

After all these verses are from our Holy Bible, which were only briefly mentioned, we’ve seen how there is unanimous agreement about this truth among all the different writers used by the Holy Spirit to write the Bible. Even though they had different educational and cultural backgrounds and their writings were during different times (1400 years), in different countries, they were all fully convinced of this truth.

As well as the stunning consistency between the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah and the New Testament verses about the birth of Christ despite the passage of hundreds of years between all these different scriptures. Is this sufficient to answer the questions about the Incarnation of Christ?

Pray With Me

Lord, creator of the entire universe
O God most holy, there is none like you among the gods

Thank you that you loved me, although I’m not worthy of your love

Your love for me made you come down taking the form of a servant to pay for my sins and disobedience

I believe in your love and your incarnation; I believe in your salvation, death, and resurrection for me.

Because you love me…you are my king and lord

Amen

 

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