Incarnate Son of God

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Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative


The concept of incarnation arises from John 1:14.

"And the Word became flesh…" (John 1:14)

Latin: "et Verbum caro factum est"

Incarnation describes the condition where deity and humanity exist in the person of Jesus Christ. Theologians use the phrase "hypostatic union" to describe this incomprehensible union of Jesus Christ's human and divine natures in One Being. And yet it makes sense of Jesus Christ's virgin birth.

As Jesus identifies Himself as the Son of God and the Son of Man, the concept of image of God takes on a greater meaning that is more encompassing than simply a "visual representation" of God.

Paul speaks to this, "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation" (Col 1:15).

In contrast to Adam, who was originally created in the image of God, Paul sees Jesus Christ as the very essence of His Father the invisible God; Jesus Christ reasserts the image of God as the power and authority over earth (John 14:9).

When God identifies His Son as the firstborn, He is one whose character He approves of. With that approval, the firstborn is the recipient of special privileges and responsibilities; the Son receives the birthright (Matt 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22; 2 Pet 1:17).

To learn more, see:

What does incarnate mean?

Jesus as the Image of God

Who do I pray to – Jesus or God?

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