The CONDESCENSION and INCARNATION of God, who became a flesh and blood man, is the first truth contained in this blessed gospel of Christ crucified. The crucified Christ speaks of the depth of man’s fallen nature to such an extent that God must become a man to pay that debt, else no man could live; and that it was necessary that God condescended to become a real man of flesh and bone, else His death would mean nothing.
The substitute for our sins must be righteous; and that righteousness must not only exceed that of every man who has ever lived, but it must also abide in such unique holiness as to warrant standing in the pure righteousness of God Almighty.
Jesus Christ is the Word who became flesh, dwelt among us as the only righteous Man who ever lived, the only Servant who ever ministered in perfect humility, the only Jew who ever kept the Law of Moses in utmost purity, the only Prophet who ever spoke the words of heaven in supreme verity, the only Son who ever obeyed His Father in absolute honesty, the only Priest who ever interceded for God’s people in loving equity, and the only King who ever walked upon the earth with holy authority.
The incarnation of Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, being very God, yet very Man, is all-important to the truth of the gospel. The beloved apostle, John, states that the denial of the incarnation is an utterance from the very spirit of antichrist:
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 1 John 4:3
Denial of, or even thinking indifferently upon, the truth that God must become a man in order to redeem His people, indicates the deplorable depths into which mankind’s state has fallen.
This excerpt is taken from Christ and Him Crucified, ch.III, pgs.16-17.
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