The Incarnation: Why did God become Man?
Jesus’ existence didn’t begin with His birth or conception
by Dr Jonathan D Sarfati
Jesus’ existence didn’t begin with His birth or conception, but pre-existed Creation, as made by Him and for Him. Jesus was both with God and God Himself. That such a divine Person exists is taught throughout Scripture, starting in Genesis. The plurality within the Godhead makes it possible for God to be intrinsically a ‘God of Love’.
In Jesus, God took on human nature, so He could die for our sins as a fellow human, taking the penalty we deserve for our sins. In fact, this was planned from Eternity, as the names of the Redeemed were already written in His Book of Life from the foundation of the World.
When Jesus took on humanity, this was an addition to His divine nature, not a subtraction of His divinity. Thus everything He taught, He taught with authority—including about Creation and the Flood.
CMI sends all our fans best Christmas wishes. But why should a creationist organization even care?
It comes down to the most important thing: the identity of our Creator. In our Statement of Faith, we state:
- The scientific aspects of creation are important, but are secondary in importance to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Sovereign, Creator, Redeemer and Judge.
- The doctrines of Creator and Creation cannot ultimately be divorced from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
One whose birth is celebrated at Christmas was none other than the One who brought the whole universe into existence! Our Creator took on the nature of one of His creatures, a helpless infant.
The reasons these doctrines are even more important than creation is that the Bible provides at least two key concepts that were in operation even “before” the Creation of the world, let alone Jesus’ birth. The biblical teachings are impossible to understand without these…
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