It is the same with the Word made flesh — with Jesus. (4) All the truth that man has ever learned has been through Him who is the True Light that enlighteneth every man.II. The angels saw Him, and the wise men and the apostles, etc., etc.2. A. In this respect He was the "brightness of His Father's glory." With wonderful condescension He came not as before in power and majesty, but in weakness and shame, in the likeness of the fallen creature whom it was His purpose to restore.III. We know not what we shall be, but we know that we shall be like Him. The scribe and the Pharisee, the philosopher and the guide into the paths of pleasure, the bringer forth of things new and the bringer forth of things old, whatever their pretensions, alike failed to satisfy the cravings of human hearts, so manifold and deep, and left them sighing, "Who will show us any good?" Cynddylan Jones, D. D.)Jesus Christ the fountain of GraceS. But at the same time He evinces a depth of emotion and delicacy of feeling quite foreign to them. We are not now dealing with the limited powers of men but with the omnipotence of God; and what the Almighty chooses in His wisdom to do, even if it be to assume a human form, He can do.II. But in the Word God has spoken. The incarnate life of Christ stands in close relation to the development of Christian character. "The Word became flesh": such is St. John's statement. By being Man and yet one with the Father, He was able to consummate on the cross His redeeming sacrifice, drawing the heart of man to God and the heart of God to man.III. (3) Others to the phrase, "the Word of the Lord came upon him," in the prophets, understanding by that not an influence or a communication, but a person. All is by the Word, expressive: but into the life which is the light of men — that is to say, which in men becomes self-conscious, intelligent, capable of reflecting the Maker's image, He, the Word, can pat more meaning, more expression, than he could into the inorganic creation; and so can render it more significant, more declaratory of the Divine thoughts, mind, and will. Yet the properties of our nature are not imparted to the other, nor is it proper to say that the Divine nature suffered, or that the human was omniscient. It is part for the whole. A FAVOURED PEOPLE. "Sin shall have no more dominion, etc."(b)Satan. Is not such an innovation on the association, if not on the conditions of His Eternal Being? Both create great epochs; the temporal advent was the crisis of history. But that of —II. We see our calling. It is more for Him to be made than to make many worlds.3. It required that His Godhead should be manifested under certain limitations. It is the comprehensive truth of revelation. Both awaken antagonism, the former Herod's hostility, etc., the latter that of the depraved nature. At His Baptism.3. The gracious character of the Saviour appears from the great design of His dispensation. Strength is necessary to greatness. (1) As prophet; for as God He knows the mind and will of God (John 1:18; John 3:13); as man He is fitted to impart it to us (Deuteronomy 18:15-18 cf. The truth is gracious truth, steeped in love, saturated with mercy. Then the Christian will be like Him, for he will see Him as He is.2. The Apostle, speaking of the same act (Hebrews 2:16), uses another word, fitly rendered "He took on Him," or He assumed: which assuming, though inchoative, it was the work of the whole Trinity, God the Father, in the Son, by the Spirit, forming or creating that nature; as if three sisters should make a garment betwixt them, which only one of them wears; yet terminative, it was the act of the Son only; it was He only that was made flesh. The hard stone was fetched from the rock, and carefully chiselled and elaborately polished to represent the "human form divine." The FEMININE AND MASCULINE VIRTUES in sweetest harmony. From the means adopted to secure the design of His mission. )Voluntary sympathyH. He gazed steadfastly and could not behold their glory. Christ had them pre-eminently.III. If man, yet the man hath part — the soul.5. Cynddylan Jones, D. D.Inasmuch as God is unchangeable, and the love exhibited in Bethlehem was in Him from days of old, I make bold to affirm that He embraced the first opportunity to work out the redemption of the race. Not only made, but made stay.2. If we study the great principles which constitute His doctrine we hear the voice of one who spake as never man spake. Let Christians inform themselves of this momentous trust, and hold it fast against subtle adversaries.2. The Incarnation reveals the Fatherhood of God. In other words, the one gift we all need for all of eternity can be found at only one source. The Divine did not assume the human necessarily but voluntarily; not out of indigence, but bounty; not because it was to be perfected by it, but to perfect it.2. But infidelity must go back to Christ or forward to despair. — He moves before our vision in the form of a man; we look inquiringly and affectionately, and then we penetrate the outward guise and behold the inner splendour. (1) Surely, most kindly. THAT GOD IN HIS LOVE HAS SENT DELIVERANCE. INEFFABLE GRACE combined with RESOLUTE FIRMNESS.1. At best there would have been an invertebrate manhood, a molluscous morality.3. The moral beauty of which mankind is capable appeared in Jesus as it never appeared before or since. )The Person and work of ChristW. There are three illustrious unions m Scripture.1. It is THE BIRTHDAY OF CHRIST. The Apostle, speaking of the same act (Hebrews 2:16), uses another word, fitly rendered "He took on Him," or He assumed: which assuming, though inchoative, it was the work of the whole Trinity, God the Father, in the Son, by the Spirit, forming or creating that nature; as if three sisters should make a garment betwixt them, which only one of them wears; yet terminative, it was the act of the Son only; it was He only that was made flesh. (3)Omnipresence (Matthew 28:20). Prior to the Incarnation a wide gap divided the Creator from His creation, but the Incarnation filled it up, and did away with the antithesis. He who knew no sin was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. He seeth us daily in himself. But apart from Christianity nature also opens out another side to the matter. Cynddylan Jones, D. D.In the life of Jesus we see —I. AN INCARNATION OF GOD IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE. John Piper Nov 16, … The doctrine is woven in the very texture of the sacred books. How wonderful a comfort is it that He who dwells in our flesh is God.(J. Cynddylan Jones, D. D.)The influence of Christ's grace and truth upon artJ. That round which it turns is the biggest of all miracles, and if you take that all the rest is natural.II. "(3) Jesus redeems us by His blood (1 Peter 1:18, 19). So comprehensively, so minutely, so influentially. There is grace in other men; but they have it as water flowing through a pipe: He as water in its fountain. We look, then, as we are bidden to look, for the reuniting power between God and man, to the Word made flesh and dwelling among us.I. (2) Others to Philo, who spoke much of a semi-divine person called the Word of God. In the ancient ethnic religions, in the Gnostic theosophies and emanations of the East, as in modern Deism, Pantheism, and Positivism, there is nothing that can be mistaken for it.III. You cannot understand the account of His life unless you recognize His Godhead and manhood.1. Culross, D. D.)Christ's glory in the fleshJ. THE DOCTRINE OF GOD. These philosophers resolved the unity of the human personality into a triad of principles. AN INCARNATION OF GOD IS NOT IMPROBABLE.1. In this way, all those long ages before the Incarnation, He was in the world — a world made by Him, yet a world which knew Him notII. (2) How born? Any religion which is to take permanent hold upon the world must offer a theory of the universe and tell me whence I am and whither I am going; must prescribe a code and teach morality; must stir the emotions and take hold of the heart; Christianity unites these three ideas in the Incarnation.VII. )The glory of ChristA. That is marked by a tone of serious, disheartened scepticism. "In Him was life; and the life was the light of men." "Here is fulfilment, higher than had yet been known, of the ancient word, I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you, and anticipation of what shall yet be when the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them; and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them — their God."(J. (1) Grace and truth are spoken of in the concrete; not full of the news of grace and truth. THE PROOF WHICH IS FURNISHED OF THIS TRUTH. Have you seen?IV. Four thousand years were needed to accomplish the former; but the instant it was brought to pass, "God sent forth His Son into the world, made of a woman, made under the law."(J. This was a meeting place between God and His people. There, in those pages, the inward voice of conscience becomes an outward voice also; the latter attested by the former, the former cleared and deepened and intensified by the latter. Nature does not disclose this manifestation of love. Divine wisdom. )The NativityBp. ", Her Daddy gave her the same response, "Honey, God loves you and will take care of you.". meets in it, the A.D. starts from it. The human nature is a glass, through which we may see the love and wisdom and glory of God clearly represented to us. But we can only surrender ourselves to its power when we admit that it is the life of the Word made flesh. What comfort do we get from the conception of an infinite brain? "(3) Jesus redeems us by His blood (1 Peter 1:18, 19). 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