Thumbnail Theology: Incarnation & Virgin Birth

Thumbnail Theology is a brief statement summing up my most important beliefs about a certain topics within theology. I attempt to keep these under 300 words (most of these topics would be easier to write in 1000).

In the fullness of time (Gal. 4:4), God sent forth His eternal Son as Jesus the
Messiah (Matt. 16:16), conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:34-35), and born to his virgin mother Mary (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:34-35). The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (Isaiah 7:14 calls him, “Immanuel,” God with us [Matt. 1:23]), and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14), He took on full human nature, since the children share in flesh and blood, he himself partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, the devil (Heb. 2:14). Therefore he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people (Heb. 2:17) so that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one Person, without confusion or mixture.

The Person of Jesus Christ was and is fully God and fully man who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men (Phil. 2:6-8). The incarnation was a sign of Christ’s unique deity and holiness, demonstrated most clearly through the miracle of the virgin birth.

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3 Responses to Thumbnail Theology: Incarnation & Virgin Birth

  1. Kent Eilers says:

    Andrew, I love it. I was noticing as I read the moments in which you almost, but not entirely, pick up the language of the Church’s ecumenical creeds. I wondered if your statement(s) might benefit from a referenced remark here or there that signaled your commitment to our creedal tradition.

    Just a thought. Looking forward to reading more as they appear.

    Cheers

  2. Andrew Hess says:

    Kent, I tried to use my own words as much as possible, but it was easy to lean on the creeds. Greater minds then mine pulled those together!! In future Thumbnail Theologies, I’ll try to reference the creeds I’m aligning with (or borrowing from) 🙂

  3. Kent Eilers says:

    Andrew, I thought you did a brilliant job concisely and elegantly stating several very key commitments. I think you can reference the creeds without losing that and I suspect it might add a greater sense of the historical “rooted-ness” that I know you value so highly.

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