The Incarnation

(Abridged from the full book of 80 pages)

©2010 Dr. Irene Faulkes        

Scripture in the Old and New Testaments prove the co-equal Deity of Jesus Christ with that of the Eternal Father.  This Deity shows He is Eternal and was with the Father and that on earth He is still the same Eternal Son having co-equal Deity.

In John 1:1 we are told the "Word was ’God'," and as the Word is Jesus, Jesus is God.  Jesus was the incarnate Son, a man among humans, and after His resurrection, He hung on to His humanity.  In future eternity, His eternal glory will be revealed, He who is now forever, both God and man.  Jesus is the God-Man, meaning God and man, God Incarnate, God in his Self-revelation, God Manifest.  He is the centre of humanity and the revealed centre of Deity.  He is the incarnate Logos (the Word).  As such, He is the head of the human race and of all creation. 

He is the "last Adam", 1 Corinthians 15:45, or the "second man, the Lord from heaven".  In Jesus Christ, creation and the Creator meet.  It is not mere union by "image" only.  He, as the son of Mary, of David and of the first Adam, is the created of God.  As God and the Son of Man, He is the eternal Creator of the universe, Colossians 1:15,16, "Who is the image of the invisible God", "all things were created by him, and for him", Proverbs 8:22 and 2 Corinthians 4:4,6 "Christ, who is the image of God - to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ".  Jesus Christ is the Divine Wisdom, the One creator God, who acted in creation.  He is distinguished from the Father.  This is monotheism and not pantheism, dualism or paganism.

The Jewish nation often recited Deuteronomy 6:4, "Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God, the Lord is one".  It was their basic belief.  The Apostle Paul, as a Jew, recognized this belief and followed it.  In 1 Corinthians 8:4, he re-affirms, "There is no God but one".  However, in verse 6 he states, "There is but one God, the Father ...there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ".  Jesus is the "Lord" of Deuteronomy 6:4!  Paul re-states Deuteronomy 6:4, "There is but 'one God'," but he enlarges it to show that Jesus, the Messiah, is placed within the Jewish confession and belief in the one God.  Also, he shows this to the people of God, the elect, now being recognized as those belonging to Christ, as Son not the Father.   

The very nature and being of God were perfectly revealed in Him.  In Christ, the Messiah, the invisible God became visible.  He is the image of the invisible God.  He is the very Presence of the transcendent God.  Man has seen this "Presence", whereas Moses in Exodus 33:30 was told "You cannot see My face".  John 1:18 in the Interlinear Greek-English New Testament reads, "God no man has seen never; only begotten God the being in the bosom of the Father, that one declared (Him)."  The New International Version has a footnote, "but God the only begotten", that expands their translation which is "but God the only (Son), who is at the Father's side, has made Him known".  

This Word who became flesh, in the flesh, was God.  We cannot say that God is Jesus only, as the Person called Jesus does not include the whole Trinity.  Here are three Persons in One, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 2 Corinthians 13:14; Jesus the human Image of God, John 14:9.  "with God", John 1:1.  The Father cannot be with Himself.  Rather, the Son was "with God", the Father.

The Gospel of John speaks of the manifestation of God through the Son, Jesus, who is that Eternal Life who was with the Father in eternity.  It is a Life of the Eternal Word who "tabernacled" (came in a "tent"), i.e. in human nature.  In John, the Incarnation does not appear to show the humiliation of the Eternal Word.  It shows the Incarnation as the veil that covers the Son's eternal and lasting glory that He still had while on earth.

This He is Jesus who acted as God all the time on earth, not just as an anointed man.  He is Immanuel, God with us.  Ephesians 4:8-10 speaks of His descent from heaven to earth, then as man He went to the Cross.  He did not descend into Hell itself to defeat Satan.  Paul here quotes Psalm 68 and speaks of the past and the future; He shows Christ did not descend into Hell.

This Psalm relates how God descended in fire in Exodus 3:7-10 to deliver or save His people, "I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians", Exodus 15:1-6.  His descent was to earth, to deliver.  It was not into Hell.  He ascended in fire on Mount Sinai, Deuteronomy 33:2.  "You ascended on high; You have carried captivity captive" or "You ascended the high mount, leading captives in your train".  This was God appearing as Christ, the Angel or Messenger of the Covenant, even in the Old Testament.  We particularly note Exodus 3:2,4,6; John 8:58.  Psalm 68:17; Acts 1:11.  Revelation 5:11 show angels present.  It was a type of Christ's descent in birth to earth and in humiliation to the Cross.  Then it typified His ascent from earth into heaven.

Christ in Ephesians 4:10 descended to the Cross and ascended to heaven in glory, angels being present those two times.  In both cases, in Ephesians and Psalm 68:17, the descent brings deliverance, takes captivity captive and defeats Satan, death and the Law against us at the Cross, Colossians 2:13-15.

John's gospel that shows the Divinity of Jesus Christ reveals the Logos as Light.  Christ is also shown as Love.  This Logos (the Word) is Life.  The Bible shows that God has as His essence, Light, Love and Life.  Therefore, when John says the Word who was amongst them is also of that Essence, He is saying again that Jesus is God.  He is pointing out that the Jesus they knew, had not laid aside the attributes of His Deity, as the heresy regarding the Kenosis set out further on says.  He was in full possession of His Deity while on earth, even while He was on the Cross and His body was in the grave.

When He became incarnate, He gave up, not the possession of divine attributes, nor yet the use of them, but rather the independent exercise of them.  The self-emptying of Christ meant that He kept His divine qualities and powers.  They were under the restraints and limitations of a human life.  He voluntarily suspended the full exercise of divine attributes in His incarnation.

Jesus says, "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am there am I in the midst of them.  Matthew 18:20.  "There I am," not there I will be.  He said this while He was a man, on earth.  Jesus all the time He was on earth, was God with His attributes.  He did not lay them aside to come to earth.

Pentecostals and Charismatics like to emphasise the operation of the Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus.  It is important enough to be emphasised.  It is not necessary to override the Deity of Christ still part of His Being while on earth.  It is important to understand that the Lord Jesus was always acting upon His infallible knowledge.  The source of this while He was on earth either came from within Himself, as God, or from the Father through the operation of the Holy Spirit.  John's Gospel in its opening chapters, shows Jesus, in John 1:48, acting from His Divine knowledge within Himself.  He said to Nathanial, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you".  Another occasion is found in the next chapter at the wedding in Cana where He turned the water into wine.  In John 2:11 it says, "Jesus did this, the first of His signs, and revealed His glory".  In verse 24, 25 after He had spoken of "My Father's house" (He did not need the Holy Spirit to say that) and the raising of the temple of His body, it is said of Him, "He knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone, for he himself knew what was in everyone".  He Himself knew.  It was not said, "He knew by the Holy Spirit".

In John 3:12,13 He says, " How can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?  No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven and is now in heaven (some translations)".  It appears He was teaching Nicodemus from His infallible knowledge within, that He brought down from heaven. 

When Jesus Christ was crucified He was not crucified as a mere man.  He was crucified as man and as God, the God-man.  That He was crucified as God (as well as a man, Hebrews 2:17) is in 1 Corinthians 2:8 where they "crucified the Lord of glory".

We should understand the nature of the Man, Christ Jesus.  At the time of being conceived, the human nature of Christ was immediately united to the Person of the Eternal Son of God.  From that time on, there was never any division in this Person of Jesus Christ.  There was a complete union of His human nature with His Eternal Divine nature. 

The Divine nature of Christ was not implanted or put into His human nature.  His human nature was not given Divine qualities.  His human nature was not a part of His Divine nature.  This is why in Matthew 27:46 He could cry, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?"  At that time, deserted of the Father in His human nature, there could not be any communication between His Divine that also felt the agony of separation, and His human nature.  This is the Mystery of "godliness".

The Son filled His human nature that he took with the power of His Divinity that He kept.  It was also filled with the Spirit, who dwelt in that Divinity and that filled Him as a man.  The Divine nature was not only there to be beside the human.  It filled His human nature in areas where the two natures are alike.  It was in the sphere of the Spirit this occurred.  He was filled with the Spirit in both natures that are essential to His personality.  He allowed Himself to be limited but now in heaven the dominion of the Spirit is absolute.

Now in His glorified state, the Divine element interpenetrates the human and the human the Divine.  From Him in His present Divine-human state, proceeds the Holy Spirit Who proceeded from the Father.  The Spirit completely fills our Lord.  It is "His own Spirit".  This is why it was said in Acts 21:7, "Spirit of Jesus".  The Lord in His human nature as well as Divine, inter-penetrates the Spirit Who has first of all inter-penetrated the human nature of Christ.  Thus the Spirit now has a human element and can inter-penetrate our human nature, in a mingling of Him with us.  "I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me", Galatians 2:20.  Christ's own Spirit becomes one with our own spirit.  His Spirit is also our Spirit, 1 Corinthians 6:17, explained below.

This does not mean that our spirit is as Christ’s Spirit is.   Hinn has demonstrated two glasses, one for the Spirit of Christ  and the other for a believer.  He poured water from one glass to the other saying that what we are and have is similar to what the Spirit of Christ is and has.   He is very wrong.  To start off with, how could millions of believers each be the same identically as Jesus Christ?  That would make millions of Jesus Christs!  A logical impossibility.  He also says that we are one in a mingling, Christ with each believer, again making millions of those “ones”.  Moreover, his preaching is totally against Scripture. 

The second thing I that a believer can say, 1 Corinthians 6:17, “But the man who joins himself to the Lord becomes one with him, spiritually speaking”.  It is not an interpenetration of a believer’s spirit with Christ’s Spirit.  That is an impossibility and a blasphemy.  A believer is merely “joining himself to the Lord” or “united with the Lord” and thus in that sense, becomes “one with Him”.  “To be joined” is “to glue stick join keep company”.  Ephesians 5:30 says that  “We are members of His body” or more aptly perhaps, “But we are the living parts of Christ’s body”.  To be one with Him  must also take into consideration this thought here, “we are the living parts”.  We are not even His body.   Not one of us can say “I am His body”.   This verse also precludes the possibility of there being any truth in what Hinn has said in at least one DVD. 

In 1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it”.   This verse sets out in a nutshell, what being one with Christ in Spirit means in essence.  Also, it is “in” Spirit.  Not that you, that I are so one with Christ individually that the water from Him fills you and your water fills Him as per the glass demonstration.  As said by Henry, “One Spirit lives and breathes and moves in the head and members. Christ and his faithful disciples are one.”

There is also Ephesians 5:23, “Christ is the head of the body of which He is the Saviour” .  Immediately we see from this verse that not one believer is as Christ is, He is the head of all of us together as He is of all of us, our only Saviour.   “Head”, as the Greek dictionary informs us, is “in the sense of seizing”.  Does not a husband also do this in love for his wife.  So indeed does Christ do this in love for His church, His body, who collectively are part of Him, the Head, of the body.  Only Christ’s love and protection of His Bride,, the church, can be called salvation, He being the Saviour.  This cannot be said of a husband.

Jesus Himself showed that his human nature did not hold the attributes of Divinity, such as Omniscience, when He said in Mark 13:32, "Of that day and of that hour no man knows... not the Son, but the Father".  We understand that at those times there was still the union of the Divine and the human natures but it was the human that was to the fore.  The Divine nature of Christ, having the power to will to give understanding to the human nature, did do so. 

However, in obey the Father, He did not act in His Divine nature on the cross so that his human nature could suffer being left by the Father.  This was because He bore our sin on His body, being the sin offering for our sin.  As God, He still suffered the agony of being forsaken by the Father.

The Father was not Incarnate.  The Holy Spirit was not Incarnate.  It was the Son who was Incarnate.  Therefore it was the Son who took upon Himself, our human nature.  That was the act of the Son.  He, the Son, became flesh, and took on our nature, without its sinfulness.  He was not "born in sin and shaped in iniquity", Psalm 51:5, as we were.  See John 1:14; Romans 1:3; Galatians 4;4; Philippians 2:6,7; Hebrews 2:14, 16.

He took our nature, without its sinfulness, as in Hebrews 2:14, so that our sin could be imputed (reckoned) unto Him, Romans 8:3,4; 2 Corinthians 5:21.  He was sinless, spotless, pure and holy, 1 Peter 1:19; 2:22; Hebrews 9:14.  He was conceived and born without sin because -

  It is not transmitted through the blood of the father, and that is a medical fact, that the child does not get the blood of the father literally.  Rather he receives his father's blood type that comes from his seed, through his genes.  David said, "In sin my mother conceived me", showing that sin also comes through the genes of the mother.

  It cannot be said that Adam being innocent does not transmit sin, but rather Eve does.  Eve is not counted as the sinner, as she only "fell into transgression" because she was merely "deceived by Satan", 1 Timothy 2:14.  It is Adam who brought sin into the world and not Eve.  See Romans 5:12, "As by one man sin entered the world," i.e. Adam, as is clearly shown in Romans 5:14,17,18. 

"Kenosis" comes from "ekenosen".  In Philippians 2:7, it is rendered in the Authorised Revised Version, "emptied Himself".  That is a wrong translation.  The King James correctly translates it, "He humbled Himself".  This word is found elsewhere only in Romans 4:14; 1 Corinthians 1:17; 9:15; 2 Corinthians 9:3 and it means, "to make void", "of no effect, account, reputation".  All of those verses show meanings like "the promise is void".  In Philippians it can only have the same meaning.  It means "that Christ made Himself of no account, reputation, and did not assert His divine prerogative".  He took the form of a servant.  This happened while He was still in the form of God.

The correct translation that one should take, after considering the various ones by quite a few scholars, is - "not regarded as something to be taken advantage of".  This follows the correct Greek translation of the foregoing phrase to be, "divine equality, already possessed".  Jesus Christ, having in eternity, "divine equality (already possessed)", did not "regard it as something to be taken advantage of".  It does not mean, as followers of the Kenosis doctrine would have, "divinity itself" that was "abandoned".  It means He said, "I will not retain all My glory on earth".

It does not mean that He laid aside His essential character of Deity.

In the Greek, "Ekenosen" does not refer to form of God but to "einai"  "theoi" (dative), i.e. His being on an equality with God.  The point is that He humbled Himself to take on the form of a servant, as the King James shows.  There was no exchange.  He did not exchange His Being as God to have being as a man.  While in the form of God He took on the form of a servant.

Hagin - "He made us the same class of being as Himself.  Man lived on equal terms with God; the believer is called Christ.  That's who we are; we're Christ."

Copeland - "Adam was not a little like God.  He was not almost like God.  He was not subordinate to God even.  God reproduced Himself "  "You don't have a god in you, you are one."  It must be stressed from 2 Corinthians 4:4 that only Christ is the Image of God!  Indeed, "Christ is in us", Colossians 1:27.

Cerullo - "You're not looking at Cerullo; you're looking at God, Jesus."

Hinn - "I am a 'little Messiah' walking on earth."  The Jews wanted to stone Jesus for blasphemy, because He admitted He was the Messiah.

Verse 6 says, "being in the form of God", or as N.R.S.V. reads, "though he was in the form of God".  "Being" or  "though" is from the Greek word, "hupako". This all means "indefinite continuance of being".  The same word is found in Luke 23:50; Acts 2:30 Romans 4:19 and 2 Corinthians 8:17.  In all those cases, the "being" meant it continued.  Joseph continued to be a "counsellor" while obtaining the body of Jesus.  The term "being a prophet" means he was that at the same time he looked to the future; Abraham, "being not weak in faith, even though he thought of his own body" shows the "being" was a continual thing.  While Titus was continually "being more zealous", he went.  All these cases prove in the case of Jesus, He continued in the form of God even while He became a man, incarnate.  In His state before He became incarnate in the womb of Mary, He was in the form of God.  In His incarnate state as human on earth He was in the form of God.

"Though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped".  This shows that here are two Persons.  The Son had "equality.

 "Morphe" meaning, "form" was first used in Philippians 2:6 of God.  The same word "morphe" meaning, "form" is used of Christ on earth it its real meaning.  This is in the phrase "form of a servant", Philippians 2:7.  It is used in the two opposite senses, first of God and then of a servant.  However, "form" must have the same meaning in both cases.  The word "being" means "He already was".  Thus, He was in the "form" of God while He was made into the "form" of a servant. 

While He was existing in the form of God He was made into the form of a servant (man).  It was impossible for Him to remove His divine nature.  If Christ had laid aside His Deity, the baby born would not have been this Eternal Being.  But this baby was even called, "Immanuel", meaning "God with us". 

While Christ was in the form of God in heaven, these things are spoken about Him.  For example,  "'The Lord swore, and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek," Psalm 110:1,4.  He appointed him to be "heir of all things," Hebrews 1:2; having "ordained him to be Judge of quick and dead," Acts 10:42; for unto this he was "ordained before the foundation of the world."  1 Peter 1:20 and "determined to be the Son of God with power"; Romans.1:4 "that be might be the first-born among many brethren".  All these verses refer to the same Person when He came to earth

Romans 8:29.  This act of condescension is eternally established in the mind and will of God.  We understand God's eternal purposes and the things He spoke from the beginning of the world when we see them happen.  They are accomplished and then we understand what He meant when He spoke.  We understand God's eternal purposes and the things He spoke from the beginning of the world when we see them happen.  They are accomplished and then we understand what He meant when He spoke. 

This Modern Belief Reduces Christ to Being Mere Man on Earth

Modern Kenosis theology is more dangerous than the early Kenosis beliefs.  The Christ is reduced to being no more than the "man for others".  According to it, Christ lived and acted, as well as died, only as a man.

Jesus Christ in His State in heaven had glory and majesty with God.  He humbled Himself from this state.  This happened at the moment of the Incarnation, when He was in the womb of Mary.  Then His glory and majesty in His equality with God was laid aside.  He showed it was laid aside when He took the form of a servant.  He humbled Himself by taking the form of a servant when He was made man.  That was how He took the form of a servant.  He then humbled Himself still further.  All this was while He was still being in the form of God.

He had a continuous self-consciousness all the time He was on earth that He was the Son of God.  It was the self-consciousness of the Son of God developing Himself humanly.

 He humbled Himself still further to the death of the Cross.  What humility!

The Effects on the Atonement   

The Atonement would be neither just nor powerful unless He Who hung upon the Cross were truly God, right up to the very moment of His death.  The Old Testament has revealed this in e.g., Jeremiah 3:23, “Truly in Jehovah our God is the salvation of Israel” or as the Targum, “in the Word of Jehovah our God”.  Jesus is the Word as we know from John 1:1 and He is God.  He hung on the cross, Jesus our God.  Also, from Isaiah  45:21, “A righteous God and a Saviour”; 49:27, “That all flesh shall know that I am the Lord your Saviour and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob”.

This was He who is God from eternity to eternity.  He emptied Himself of the manifestation and exercise of His Deity as it was His on the throne.  He did exercise His Deity on earth in John 2:11 when He revealed His glory.  In Revelation 1:8 and 17, Jesus said, "'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty", and "I am the first and the last".  The "I am" appeared as the "Son of Man", verse 13.  In John 8:58, while on earth, Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I am".  He was God at His birth.  He was God during His ministry and He was God on the Cross.

As man Christ redeemed us on the Cross.  As Deity, He defeated Satan for us on the Cross.  There is no doubt that it was as God, the Son of God, that He defeated Satan, 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14; Matthew 16:16,18,  Colossians 2:14,15, Galatians 2:20.  All those verses reveal Him as the Son of God who is being spoken about or speaking.  As God, He could not take on the nature of Satan.  It is blasphemy to even hint at it.

The Name of Jesus

What is the Name of Jesus, the Name He Possesses?  Philippians 2:10,11,"That at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow".  This Name is the Hebrew One given to the God of Israel, "Lord".  This exaltation after His crucifixion belongs to His human nature only.  As God He always had this.  Now as Man, He receives it.  It is the Name of Jehovah.

He was Equivalent to Jehovah (Lord) at Birth.  In Matthew 1:21, He was given the Name "Jesus".  This means "Jehovah is salvation".  That name alone would not indicate this baby would act as Jehovah, except that there is then added, "For it is He that shall save His people from their sins".  Also, He is called "Immanuel", "God with us".  The Name of Jehovah (Yhwh) in the Old Testament was not to be mentioned.  Now when Immanuel was born, the Name of Jehovah is made into a form, "Jesus", that is to be mentioned.  The name of Jesus is linked to the authority, power and wisdom represented by the name of God in the Old Testament.

 At His birth as a man, "Jesus", "Jehovah is salvation", and as Immanuel, "God with us", the angels sang, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace", in Luke 2:15.  Here is the marvel and revelation of the mystery of the One God.  In heaven, in His Divine perfections and glory, dwelling in invisible light, was God the Father.  Now on earth, He the Light, John 9:3, is the One God but in the Person of the eternal Son of God.  This One is definitely a Person and yet God the Father is still in heaven.  The fact of the Trinity is undeniable.

What Name?  The "Name" of Jesus, Is "Lord" or "Jehovah".  "The Son of God, not as the Son of David only, has been exalted since His death to be our Lord.  He has a new and real title of redemption and salvation.  The Name given to the Child, was "Jesus".  The Name given to Jesus when exalted is "Lord" or "Jehovah", Acts 2:36 "This same Jesus, God has made both Lord and Messiah".  "Lord" was in accordance with verse 34, great David's greater son, seated on the throne of heaven and having the sceptre of Omnipotence.

   Christ has not been exalted because it was appropriate due to His crucifixion.  Rather, it confirms His own being, as equal with God the Father.  His self-abasement was the outworking of the Divine love that required no reward of exaltation.  Love gives and it gives without wanting to receive back in return.

 Note that Jesus was made (or exalted to men's view as) LORD or Deity.  His resurrection and exaltation verified this.  Jesus was made Christ at the time of His baptism, when the Spirit of God descended upon Him.  He was "anointed", being made "Christ".  Christ comes from "Christos", meaning "the anointed".  He was anointed for the office.  "Christ" is not His name.  It is His title.  Lord means He is God. 

 "The Name" had a significance for all Hebrews, of which Paul was one.  "The Name, which is above every name," could mean nothing less than the sacred Name, Jehovah or Yhwh.  This name "Yhwh" is translated in the Old Testament in our bibles as "LORD".  It should be YHWH, or JEHOVAH.

The Jews thought it so sacred at the time of the translating of the Old Testament from Hebrew into the Greek Septuagint that they refrained even from writing it, let alone saying it.  Hence the Greek word "LORD" was used.

The Name of "JESUS" is the manifested Mystery of the Name "JEHOVAH".  It is the Highest of Names - the Name "Jesus".  It does not signify Him only as a man.  It signifies that He is Immanuel, Matthew 1:23.  The Name itself, as shown in Matthew 1:21, is given because "He shall save His people from their sins".  It is "Jehovah is Salvation".

In the Old Testament, according to a converted Hebrew, there are quite a few scriptures where in the original Hebrew, the actual Name "Yesha"  (or "Yeshua") or "Jesus" is used and translated "Salvation".

  Some are Genesis 49:17,18; Isaiah 12:2,3; 62:11; Habakkuk 3:13.  The latter reads, "You came forth with Yesha (Jesus) to your people, with your anointed One.  You crushed the head of the wicked house (Satan)".  Isaiah 12:3 says  "Jehovah... has become my Yeshua (salvation)", Isaiah 62:11 "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Lo your Yeshua (salvation) comes'.”  

Read all these verses in your Bible and read "Jesus or Yesha" where it says "salvation".  See Luke 2:30, where Simeon cries out to God, "My eyes have seen your Salvation", meaning the baby Jesus.

In Genesis 49:17,18, the "blessing" on Dan, who is spoken of being a "horned snake in the path that bites" (Satan, as also in Habakkuk 3:13), is wonderful.  It says, "I wait for your Salvation, O Lord (Jehovah)".

He gave to Jesus, the Son of Man, the Name which He gave to no other.  Isaiah 42:8 "I am the Lord (Jehovah) that is My Name."  Isaiah 55:23 "By Myself I have sworn... that unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear".  This is quoted in Philippians 2:10 as, "that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow".  Isaiah 5:8 "I AM the Lord (YHWH, JEHOVAH) and there is none else."  Jesus Christ is identified as Jehovah to whom every knee shall bow.

His Name is Jesus, and He is The Christ.

In 1 John 1:1 it implies they saw beyond the outward to discern the inward glory of the Eternal Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  "Our hands handled" is the same verb used in reference to the risen Christ, Luke 24:39.  This Life they saw and handled, is the true God and eternal life, 1 John 5:20.

 They saw a human way of existence that He substituted for His divine mode of existence, by humbling Himself in the Incarnation.  His soul and body were inseparably united in His Person unto the Son of God.

Verse 2, The man Christ Jesus is the manifested Life.  During all the days of his flesh, from the cradle to the grave, He was this.  Every incident, miracle, discourse, grace, wisdom and love is part of this manifestation of LIFE that is Eternal.

This is the eternal life which was with the Father.  That Life is unchanging, eternal and shared with the Everlasting Father - now shared with us.  That Life with the Father manifested to us, overcame dark death. 

 He is Priest after the "power of the endless life" of Him who is the "Life".  As Jesus on earth, He had endless life.  His priesthood is after the Order of Melchizedek, Hebrews 7:15,16.  This priesthood did not begin after His resurrection, but before He went to the Cross, He was Priest to offer the Sacrifice of Himself.  Even while in death, He was still Priest, as He possessed endless life.  He died in His body and was alive in His spirit that is eternal.

 In Verse 3, “Our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son.” There is no mention here of the Holy Spirit, although we do have fellowship with the Spirit, as in 2 Corinthians 13:13, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion or fellowship of the Holy spirit be with you all”.

 The Spirit is to teach us about eternal life, about Truth and about the things of Christ Himself.  John had the right perspective regarding the Holy Spirit.  He had heard Jesus say in John 14 that the Spirit would glorify Him, Jesus Christ, and not Himself, the Spirit.

   According to 1 John 2:20, He is the anointing within us.  This is the Holy Ghost Who is the anointing oil, the oil of gladness with which God has anointed Christ above His fellows, Psalm 45:7;133:2.  It is the presence, power and influence of the Holy Ghost shed forth upon and in Christ in fullness, without measure.  Christ gives us the Holy Spirit.

 The Holy One, Jesus Christ, gives the anointing to us on being born again.  We together share His anointing.  We can never be as Him in the fullness of His anointing.  He has sufficient to give of His anointing to all of us.  Through this anointing, the Son shows us the Father and we have fellowship with the Father and with the Son.  Christian fellowship is the "fellowship of the Spirit", 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:1 and maintained by the Spirit of Christ.  This all depends on our not being passive in receiving but active and willing to have it continue.

 With the baptism of the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:4, we are given the anointings to pray in the Spirit, to witness for Christ, Acts 1:8, and to minister as a member of the Body of Christ, 1 Corinthians 12-14.  We have these anointings but whether we live and act in those anointings is another question.  They are all an extension of the anointing that came into us when we were born again.  All are from the Holy Spirit.

 We can see how wonderful a Person is the Man Christ Jesus.  There is no one like Him in heaven or in earth .  He the Incarnate One became our Savour and our God as Lord of our lives. 

 The incarnation has brought  God in Christ into very existence on this earth and for eternity in heaven.  

Rev. Irene & Peter Faulkes
3 Kingfisher Drive
River Heads, Queensland,

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