Understanding The Bible
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BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST (Chafer,
Vol. 5, pp. 39-52)
Chafer, p. 42: "No human mind can ever grasp the significance of the occurrence and consequence of the incarnation. That a Person of the Godhead should become one of the human family--the sphere of His own creation--with a view to remaining in that form, though glorified, throughout eternity, must continue an insoluble mystery to the creatures of this world."
Old Testament anticipation
Acacia wood - Christ's humanity (Ex. 26:15; Isa. 53:2) Veil of tabernacle - Christ's body (Ex. 26:31; Mt. 26:26; 27:50; Heb. 10:20).
Isa. 7:14; 9:6; 11:1; Mic. 5:2-3
Must have His own identified human spirit, soul, and body. Otherwise there would ever be the question regarding the genuineness and permanency of His humanity. Therefore the process must be more than possessing or appropriating some existing human being. This would be simply an indwelling. (Chafer, pp. 47-50; Bancroft, pp. 50-53)
The fact of the virgin birth (Mt.
1:18-25; Lk. 1:26-35)
The belief arose from the fact. Commonly it is urged that His virgin birth proves His deity. The opposite is true. How else could God unite Himself with the human family but uniquely? His deity demands and gives credence to His virgin birth.
The meaning of the fact
The historical reality of His person
His deity (Jn. 1:1)
His sinlessness--the hope of
humanity (Jn. 18:38*; Mt. 27:19,24)
(*Note: Dr. Mason's original notes listed Jn. 8:48 as the above reference, which has been corrected by the editor)
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