Jesus Christ is the point at which God and man intersect.
Not only did Jesus make amazing claims about Himself, but so did the apostle Paul. in Colossians 2:9, he wrote, “For in Him (referring to Christ) all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.”
What an incredible statement! Listen to it again and let its meaning sink in – “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” The truth of the incarnation is summarized in the twelve words that make up that verse. The biblical doctrine of the incarnation states that Jesus Christ is undiminished deity and perfect humanity united in one person forever.
Jesus is undiminished deity because “all the fullness of Deity” dwells in Him. His “bodily form” is that of a perfect and sinless human nature that is untainted and unpolluted by sin. Somehow, by the will and power of God, both the divine and human nature of Jesus are brought together to dwell in Him forever.
The Scriptures, as well as two thousand years of Christian theology, are consistent in their belief and teaching that Jesus was not a deified man or “watered down” god, but on the contrary, he is fully God and fully man. There is no mixture or mingling of His two distinct natures – divine and human. Jesus is one person with two natures.
But how can “the fullness of Deity dwell in bodily form”? How can the eternal and transcendent God be limited by time and space? How could the God who is omnipresent be in only one place at one time? How could the Creator become a creature Himself? How is it that the One who sustains, controls, and guides the universe be subject to pain, hunger, thirst, and the elements? How do Christ’s two natures relate to each other?
The incarnation is a doctrine that is full of wonder and awe, but we can’t forget that it is a mystery (in the biblical sense of the word). We can’t fully comprehend how “the fullness of Deity” can “dwell in bodily form,” but thankfully that’s something we were never asked to do. We are asked, however, to believe it – and believe it we must! May our belief in the incarnation be generously mixed with equal amounts of amazement, awe, and wonder.
Something to think about this Christmas season.
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