God Incarnate

Recently, I commented on a blog about Incarnation. As the blogger I follow explained, “…incarnation literally means the act of becoming flesh” Christians believe it is “…the embodiment of a deity or… the union of divinity with humanity in Jesus Christ”.

I remember in catechism classes, the nuns trying to teach us about the Immaculate Conception and the birth of Jesus. They went on to tell us the story of Jesus being born in a manger in Bethlehem. As we continued our catechism lessons, they told us about the short life of Jesus. They told us of the miracles He performed. Another mystery was the crucifixion of Jesus and His resurrection. They explained how the disciples followed His teaching and after Jesus’s death, they spread Christianity.

These were confusing stories and difficult as children to understand. When we questioned the Sisters, they would tell us to believe and not question. It was God’s mystery. When we completed our catechism classes, we celebrated our First Communion. Several years later, the Bishop confirmed us. Now we were members of the Catholic Church even when we still did not understand the mysteries.

As adults, we look at the concept of God in a different way. We attempt to use human logic to understand. When we do, it leaves so many disparities. We are still left with all these mysteries to comprehend.

Let’s look at the concept of God as an entity. To be an entity, He must have “… separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality”. Does that meet the understanding of the God they taught us? To have existence or conceptual reality, then God would have to be finite?

Yet, Christian Theology states that God is infinite (e.g. without limits). Doesn’t everything created have to have a beginning and an end? We believe God created the universe. Does that make the universe finite or infinite? If the universe is finite, how does that relate to God being infinite?

Over 2,000 years ago, God became flesh (Incarnate) in order than man might begin to understand His Infinite Love. With God becoming man, (e.g. Jesus Christ) we could actually see Him, hear Him, and touch Him. Did the Incarnation actually work for man to understand?

Perhaps the Disciples and those earlier Christians did since they witnessed or it was handed down soon after it happened. Today men and women have difficulty getting their hands around the concept of Incarnation. Yet, because our beliefs are based on faith, we accept.

As the Disciples witness God in the flesh, we too can see God’s Infinite Love. All we have to do is witness that Love at work in our lives and the lives of others. It is so simple and it makes sense. All you need to do is accept and immerse yourself in the beauty and the intensity of His Gift to us.

God’s Gift of Love that is beyond understanding and yet we accept it by faith alone. Nothing we can do is worthy of this Gift, yet He gives it to us unconditionally. One of the Bible’s popular verses is, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that who ever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” <John 3:16>. By reading and comprehending this verse, it confirms our belief in God Incarnate.


 

 

 

3 Replies to “God Incarnate”

    1. I’m not sure if I am understanding your comment by using John 1:12 and then Galatians 2:20. I am going to give you my interpretations of each of these readings and how they relate to “God Incarnate”. You tell me if I understand your use of them correctly.

      The Gospel of John at this point is sharing his view of who Jesus is. These early references to John (e.g. 1:6) are not referring to the Apostle John, but rather the cousin of Jesus who would be known as John the Baptist. John recognized Jesus as the Son of God and/or God Incarnate. John later states, he is not worthy to baptize Jesus. He states I baptize with water, while this man (Jesus) baptizes with the Holy Spirit.

      Now we move to the Apostle Paul’s writing to the Galatians. Paul states that he is no longer the man he was before (“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live…”). By his acceptance and his faith in the Son of God and/or God Incarnate, he acknowledges the Holy Spirit resides within him. He states that through the sacrifice and crucifixion of Jesus, he is able to receive the Holy Spirit.

      Both of your references show how the followers of Jesus understood the Incarnate God. It was perhaps easier to understand and accept because they were witnesses of God’s work. Today we have the writings of the Gospels as our faith foundation. Yet, we need to use our faith to see the work of God Incarnate working in our lives and the lives of others.

      Thank you taking the time to read and comment on my post. I hope I have done justice to your response. God Bless.

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