The Incarnation: A Doctrine Of First Importance

The Doctrine of the Incarnation is a doctrine of first importance that we can not lose.  To let this doctrine slip into the category of secondary or tertiary importance, or worse, to let it go altogether is detrimental to the very foundation of our salvation.

– Hebrews 2:14-18
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers 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. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Because the second person of the trinity, namely, Jesus Christ, partook of flesh and blood:
1.  He has destroyed the Devil  (v. 14)
2.  He has destroyed the Devil’s power which is death (v. 14)
3.  He has delivered us from the fear of death (v. 15)
4.  He has become our perfect sympathizer (v. 17, 18)
5.  He has, through his death, become the wrath absorbing substitute for our sins (v. 17)

Hold fast to this doctrine, and may it be a springboard for exalting Jesus Christ.

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