Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Incomprehensible Incarnation

"The mystery of the Incarnation is unfathomable. We cannot explain it; we can only formulate it. Perhaps it has never been formulated better than in the words of the Athanasian Creed, "Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man...perfect God, perfect man...who although he be God and man: yet he is not two, but one Christ; one, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh: but by taking of the manhood into God." Our minds cannot get beyond this. What we see in the manger is, in Charles Wesley's words, "Our God contracted to a span; Incomprehensibly made man."
Incomprehensibly. We shall be wise to remember this, to shun speculation and contentedly to adore."
J.I. Packer, Knowing God pg 58

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