Another major tenet that has to be fully believed in the Christian faith is the doctrine of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. This one doctrine is so important and so powerful, that even demons cannot make this confession out to anyone when they are being properly tested by a believer.
The Incarnation is the belief that Jesus Christ, who is both God and Lord Himself in the Divine Trinity, became fully Man and came down to our earth in the flesh so He could then go to the cross to die for all of our sins. Jesus Christ was thus fully Man and fully God when He was down here walking in the flesh for 33 years.
Here are several good definitions on exactly what the word “incarnation” means in reference to Jesus from some of the different Bible Dictionaries and Commentaries:
- A theological term for the coming of God’s Son into the world as a human being
- Literally “in flesh.” Theologically, the doctrine that in Jesus of Nazareth God took on human flesh and became the God-man
- The incarnation was the act of God the Son whereby He took to Himself a human nature
- Doctrine that affirms Jesus Christ is the earthly manifestation in the flesh of the divine Logos, and that as a corollary, He is fully God and fully man
- God becoming human, the union of divinity and humanity in Jesus of Nazareth
To think that God the Father would allow His one and only Son Jesus, who is both God and Lord Himself and the second Person of the Divine Trinity, to incarnate into a human, flesh body so He could then become fully Man, but yet still retain His full divinity in the Triune Godhead, is enough to knock you right off the couch when you try and meditate on this extreme reality.
In our Statement of Faith on our home page, we have the following message:
“We believe that God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, came to our earth in the flesh, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect and sinless life, went to the cross to die and shed His blood for the sins of this world and then was buried. We believe that Jesus Christ then rose from the dead on the third day and then ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God the Father as Lord of lords and King of kings.”
Part of the doctrine of the Incarnation is also the belief that Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit, but was actually born into this world through the virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit thus conceived and brought Jesus into Mary’s womb supernaturally. Jesus was not conceived in Mary’s womb by natural means through Joseph. He was conceived in her womb supernaturally by the Holy Spirit. And from there, Jesus went through the normal birthing process with Mary to come into our world.
Since Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Divine Trinity, we are talking about God Himself coming down to our earth in a human flesh body, but yet still retaining His full divinity within that human flesh body.
Here is the verse showing that demons are not allowed to confess that Jesus Christ has come to our earth “in the flesh.” And if demons cannot make this confession when they are being properly tested, then you know that this is a very powerful, divine fact and reality – that Jesus Christ really did come to our earth in the flesh, thus making Him both fully Man and fully divine.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, BUT TEST THE SPIRITS, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (1 John 4:1-4)
Again, this basic fundamental tenet is what completely separates us from the rest of the other false religions that are in the world today. None of them will ever confess or admit that Jesus Christ is both God and Lord Himself. They will say that He was a great man and a great prophet, but they will never admit or confess that He is also God Almighty Himself. As such, we can never, ever lose this powerful tenet as part of our basic belief system in the Lord. Take away the incarnation of Jesus Christ and Christianity will completely fall apart.
This is part 5 of our 13 part series on the Basic Tenants of our Christian Faith.
1. An Introduction to the “Basic Tenets of Christian Faith”
2. Jesus Christ is the Only Way To Eternal Salvation With God the Father
3. We Are Saved by Grace Through Faith – Not by Works
4. Jesus Christ is the Son of God
5. The Incarnation of Jesus Christ
6. Resurrection of Jesus Christ
7. The Ascension of Jesus Christ
8. The Doctrine of the Trinity
9. The Holy Bible is the Inspired and Infallible Word of God
10. Baptized With the Holy Spirit at Salvation
11. Renewed – Regenerated By Holy Spirit
12. The Doctrine of Hell
13. The Return of Jesus