)God dwelling with menJ. The Word, "by whom all things were made," came to be made Himself. We are not now dealing with the limited powers of men but with the omnipotence of God; and what the Almighty chooses in His wisdom to do, even if it be to assume a human form, He can do.II. )Full of grace and truth.The fulness of ChristJ. The depth and manifoldness of Christ's character form the reason for the well-nigh two hundred lives and harmonies which have been launched upon the world. We have not been able to cope with the ancients in marble, but it is generally admitted, I believe, that we have greatly surpassed them on canvas. Christ's glory not manifest to the rest of mankind.II. We may see Him, may read about Him, but before we can know Him we must get help from some one who knows Jesus Christ and also knows us. (4) Not made by compounding, and so a third thing produced of both, as Eutyches.2. V. JEHOVAH IS AWFUL IN HIS INEFFABLE PURITY, BUT THAT WE MIGHT HAVE COURAGE TO APPROACH HIM the Word was made flesh. What he teaches as a substitute for the Gospel is taught by the Gospel itself, is the only form in which it is worthy of a moment's consideration. It shows us a Son, not by creation in time, but by generation in eternity, and consequently shows us a Father, not in virtue of His creative, but of His generative energies. The human nature is a glass, through which we may see the love and wisdom and glory of God clearly represented to us. In the Son of God alone could the necessary merit be found.3. (Canon Liddon. The singular advancement of Christ's human nature, it being hereby replenished with an unparalleled measure of Divine graces (Psalm 45:8), and so He becomes the object of worship (Acts 7:59).3. "Who hath delivered us from the wrath to come. The intensity of kindness may always be measured by the sacrifices to which it leads. Cynddylan Jones, D. D.)The significance of the IncarnationBp. We have not been able to cope with the ancients in marble, but it is generally admitted, I believe, that we have greatly surpassed them on canvas. This, then, is St. John's contention. To have taken the nature of angels — to have appeared on earth in the pomp of majesty had been a humiliation. At His Ascension.II. No wealth or position could cure our loneliness; no rule or law could overcome our weakness; no plan or good deed could earn our healing. Special in the case of the apostles. Believers in the Incarnation, therefore, burn with a quenchless desire to go and rescue poor, down-trodden, despised human nature in lands afar off. THE TESTIMONY WHICH WE WHO HAVE SEEN HIS GLORY ARE SURE TO BEAR. The Incarnation was to man a revelation of God; to angels an inveiling of God.III. "The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet. When a man has discarded the eternal hope in Christ it is not strange that he should ask "Is life worth living?" The Incarnation unlocks for us the secret of the Divine, Eternal Will, the Will which is at the root of all things, and which rules all things, and shows us that its first and last word is love.(D. Being made flesh He will be a benefactor to it. "Who hath delivered us from the wrath to come. And He let us know them by sending Jesus Christ into the world. Because painting is more feminine, and therefore more capable of expressing the softer, gentler virtues. TO CHRISTIAN WORK IN RELATION TO THE EVANGELIZATION OF THE WORLD. Voices of audible command or promise spoken perpetually from heaven to earth would have formed a revelation as grotesque as ineffectual.4. Such he finds in the Incarnation which, uniting, his nature to that of the Being who made Him, restores to man his self-respect, and makes him feel his moral poverty without God and his utter dependence upon Him. He was made of a woman, which explains partly those fine feminine traits discoverable in His character. The word is that from whence a theatre is derived; as men with good heed behold things there. Thus God is libelled and His cause compromised. Do you know what it is? Certainly it would be in the highest degree unnatural and incredible and monstrous, that the Word should become man, if that Word were not, by original constitution, so intimately related to man, But once see the spiritual constitution of man in this living and life-giving Word of God, as John and Paul saw it, and the Incarnation becomes not only unnatural, but, in the highest sense of the word, natural; not merely not incredible, but eminently credible, because so entirely in accordance with man's needs, and with God's original constitution of human nature. The fact and the person both take their place in the public scenery of events, in inspired Scriptures, in general history, in a line of great transactions inexplicable without them; and they have become imbedded in the experience and enshrined in the reverent and loving faith of millions of men through fifty generations. Sin and suffering are inseparable, they say, and thus those who preached a gospel of love without law, now preach a gospel of law without love. The life of the Saviour imparts must be sustained by the same energy.5. "Whoso layeth his hand on a human body toucheth heaven," said Novalis and Carlyle. We have seen. General in the case of all believers.3. Both result from Divine interposition.2. All creation is expressive; but one part of Creation is more expressive than another. (1) As prophet; for as God He knows the mind and will of God (John 1:18; John 3:13); as man He is fitted to impart it to us (Deuteronomy 18:15-18 cf. He refers all creation to the instrumentality of One whom he calls the "Word;" whom, afterwards, he calls the "Light"; and presently as Incarnate, the "Son." — Christ came down to the tabernacle of our nature which had broken down and become a ruin, and to raise it up and repair it, making it fit for the habitation of God by His own indwelling.(W. The one may become a curse to man, the other must be a blessing. He effects a great deliverance, and bestows an infinite wisdom. A difficult character to understand fully, for its beauty only grows upon us by degrees. Such he finds in the Incarnation which, uniting, his nature to that of the Being who made Him, restores to man his self-respect, and makes him feel his moral poverty without God and his utter dependence upon Him. It is the female face of art. ITS NATURE. Left to himself he has no solid ground of confidence in any estimate he may form. God gave His Son, but that Son was one in heart and mind with Himself. )The glory of Christ beheldC. M. Taylor, D. D.I. And Christians may find their faith strengthened by finding the conclusions reached by the Bible arrived at by other roads.I. Offer man a Saviour crowned with visible power, or who shall secure wealth or pleasure, who would not acknowledge Him? )Christ clothed in human fleshThe pure Godhead is terrible to behold; we could not see it and live; but clothing Himself with our flesh, makes the Divine nature more amiable and delightful to us. )And dwelt among us and we beheld His gloryChrist the tabernacle of GodArrowsmith., G. J. No one was ever more energetic in opposition to wickedness; but what strikes us more forcibly is His unprecedented meekness under wrong; and thus He originated a new type of goodness.V. A stable His palace; a manger His cradle; poor clouts His array. )The NativityBp. He is the Holy Spirit. Divine wisdom. Nature does not disclose this manifestation of love. If Christ be not what John represents him as being, then the world can never know and rejoice in a full and personal revelation of the supreme mind and heart and will. (2) Integrally. The Holy Trinity existed previously, and dim prefigurations of the doctrine are noticeable in the Old Testament. THIS ASSUMPTION OF OUR BODY BY CHRIST IS A PLEDGE OF ITS RESURRECTION, and such being the case, how we ought to reverence it!VIII. )The NativityBp. But infidelity must go back to Christ or forward to despair. Christ possessed tenacity of purpose in an extraordinary degree. M'Cheyne. How can we, who believe the Godhead has found room enough in it to dwell in all His inexhaustible fulness, think low of it? So it has been since the Incarnation. If we begin in the remote past, with Samson and Hercules, we shall not experience any very formidable difficulties in grasping the principle which fashioned their characters. So it has been since the Incarnation. THIS ASSUMPTION OF OUR BODY BY CHRIST IS A PLEDGE OF ITS RESURRECTION, and such being the case, how we ought to reverence it!VIII. THE DOCTRINE OF GOD. Christ had them pre-eminently.III. Both create great epochs; the temporal advent was the crisis of history. Indeed, a vast change has imperceptibly stolen over the minds of men, which is seen in the fact that whereas sculpture was the prevailing form of art among the Greeks, painting is the prevailing form among Christians. Grace invites; and His glory is such that it is full of grace; His mercy as great as His Majesty. This is the mighty Being by whom the world and man was made. THE TESTIMONY WHICH WE WHO HAVE SEEN HIS GLORY ARE SURE TO BEAR. Hence men were carefully trained to repress, and, if possible, eradicate all feeling. It shows us a Son, not by creation in time, but by generation in eternity, and consequently shows us a Father, not in virtue of His creative, but of His generative energies. Utterance, action, suffering, all were one continuous and incessant testimony to an unseen Father in heaven.2. He does not hide the truth, however terrible; but He utters it with infinite compassion. How then do we come to know Hebrew? There are many who are loving but not faithful; many sternly honest, but not kind. He continues to reveal to the loving earnest gaze His glory, "the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father."(J. If he would see an example of "altruism" he must take Christ's atonement. (2) And yet distinct from God. Deny the Incarnation and you deny the deepest Divine Fatherhood. For all creatures owe this obedience, even unfallen angels. When a man has discarded the eternal hope in Christ it is not strange that he should ask "Is life worth living?" But if the one is not impossible, why the ether? The marriage of God and man eighteen hundred years ago is but the prophecy of a day when the bells of heaven shall ring in the nuptials of a ransomed Church with her royal spouse.(Prof. As regards our text, let us see —I. — He moves before our vision in the form of a man; we look inquiringly and affectionately, and then we penetrate the outward guise and behold the inner splendour. Rent and torn; crowned with thorns; crucified. Liberalism does not know how to reconcile these ideas, and by rejecting the Incarnation has rejected the only method of reconciliation.V. Cynddylan Jones, D. D.)The influence of Christ's grace and truth upon artJ. )The grand purpose of the IncarnationW. At the manger of Bethlehem we may dare to look forward to that union of human love, of human hearts, of which the noblest of our race have ever dreamed, a brotherhood sometimes recommended as abstract argument, sometimes dictated by revolutionary terrorism, but which, to be genuine, must be a perfectly free movement of human hearts and wills drawn towards each other by supreme attraction. (1) Grace and truth are spoken of in the concrete; not full of the news of grace and truth. Being made flesh, He will not suffer this of ours, the same with His, to perish, but repair it again and raise it out of the dust.(Bp. The gracious character of the Saviour is an encouragement to sinners to come to Him. H. Barrows, D. D.).The Hypostatic UnionJ. The mightiest and brightest light that makes God known, is that of gentleness, tenderness, self-oblivlon, patience. Man's ideas were always far in advance of his noblest achievements; in Christ both go hand in hand.VI. (1) The external world reveals God's power and Godhead through its Maker, the Word. The atonement is therefore based upon the Incarnation. Still men's judgment about himself rises and falls with the varying circumstances of his life and modes of his mind. Sir Joshua Reynolds says that when he visited Italy to make the acquaintance of the celebrated masterpieces, he was much cast down. (4) So that each nature retains its own essential properties distinct, and the two understandings, wills, powers, etc., the human and the Divine are not confounded as Eutyches held. At best there would have been an invertebrate manhood, a molluscous morality.3. His promises are true, etc. That He might die. or what profit is there of the Incarnation? The gracious character of the Saviour appears from the great design of His dispensation. The mind of man had to be prepared. What is said about the Word. Thus "the Word was made flesh," that we might be able to say, "we saw His glory. O. Mackey.One of the secrets of Victor Hugo's power over the French people was their memory of the following: When the disasters of the Franco-German war were falling thickly, and the iron band was closing round Paris, word came that Victor Hugo was coming to the city. There is in Him not only the nature, but the wisdom of the Father. We may take any article of the Christian creed, except those which affirm or imply the unity of God and the natural depravity of men, and attempt to separate it from this supreme and central fact, and we fail.2. Consider —(1)From whence He came;(2)To whom;(3)The circumstances in which;(4)Why.(T. Because he disclosed all God's counsel — the Word effective.3. But what is man that He should be made him, or the Son of man that He should take His nature upon Him?4. He who knew no sin was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. The hand that Jesus reaches down to rescue man is the hand of the Almighty. Take each by itself. Their sculpture exhibited a simplicity, a severity, a chaste grandeur which far outstrips all efforts of modern ages. "Who hath delivered us from the wrath to come. )The Person and work of ChristW. And shall He who creates the capacity leave it unsatisfied?III. The greatest glory of the Tabernacle was the most holy place. Death dissolves that, but this is indissoluble. So comprehensively, so minutely, so influentially. In the Son of God alone could the necessary merit be found.3. Did you ever see a Hebrew book? Two streams. INEFFABLE GRACE combined with RESOLUTE FIRMNESS.1. (1) Surely, most kindly. The Incarnation reveals the Fatherhood of God. Most of … John 1:1-14 | Search Results | Sermon and Worship Resources This Week (3) As king, had He not been man He had been heterogeneous, and so no fit head for us, and if not God He could not rule or defend His body the Church.IV. Humanity begins again with a possibility and offer of a restoration which is salvation to all who will receive it. Rick Ezell is the pastor of First Baptist Greer, South Carolina. (1) Some have traced it to the Jewish Targums, where the angel of the Lord of the Old Testament is designated the Word of God. God is in nature; but nature is dumb. There, in those pages, the inward voice of conscience becomes an outward voice also; the latter attested by the former, the former cleared and deepened and intensified by the latter. Because he disclosed all God's counsel — the Word effective.3. What flesh? And oh! FEELINGS AND KNOWLEDGE, heart and intellect, in perfect accord. "Here is fulfilment, higher than had yet been known, of the ancient word, I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you, and anticipation of what shall yet be when the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them; and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them — their God."(J. "Christ did not gain one perfection more by becoming man, nor could He lose anything of what He possessed as God. The ability to appeal to the historic facts concerning the life of our Lord is the strongest confirmation of the truth of our religious instincts. THE REAL KISSING THE IDEAL. How can we behold?1. )Full of grace and truth.The fulness of ChristJ. Almighty compulsion would have crushed human freedom, put human virtue aside, turned grace into magic.2. That of two distinct natures and persons by one spirit: mystically.3. Of His triumph.IV. There was a tremendous necessity; how should it be met? THEIR EXALTED PRIVILEGE. The gracious character of the Saviour is a reason why His people should continually apply to Him.4. General in the case of all believers.3. In Exodus 34, the glory of God lay in His grace. No! The offended party was the Author of the reconciliation. 1. In like manner Christ, who is "the brightness of the Father's glory," the true Shechinah, tabernacled among us. We are not now dealing with the limited powers of men but with the omnipotence of God; and what the Almighty chooses in His wisdom to do, even if it be to assume a human form, He can do.II. )The True Tabernacle and its gloryC. Thus "the Word was made flesh," that we might be able to say, "we saw His glory. Consider them together. Hence men were carefully trained to repress, and, if possible, eradicate all feeling. (1) Full of grace. But how merit this? And then as God must have created out of love, so out of love He must bring a remedy to the ruined creature. His wonderful birth is succeeded by a wonderful life.(W. Being made flesh, all flesh may come to him to present their request.3. It is part for the whole. Hence the whole nature is denominated by that part, and called flesh.3. Now we need not be afraid to look upon God, seeing Him through Christ's human nature. Because He cometh as the Word to teach us — the Word preceptive.4. The Incarnation in relation to MAN.1. Then those who have rejected Him will meet their doom.(J. Offer man a Saviour crowned with visible power, or who shall secure wealth or pleasure, who would not acknowledge Him? A. He who knew no sin was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. How is this to be accounted for? The origin of the expression. "The Word became flesh": such is St. John's statement. It was necessary that the world should know that He was God. And so consequently to qualify and prepare Him for a full discharge of His Mediatorship. Not a house to stand for ever, but a tent to be taken down again. He effects a great deliverance, and bestows an infinite wisdom. See to what a height God intends to build up the happiness of man in that He has laid the foundation so deep in the Incarnation of His Son.8. His flesh, that is, His body of human nature, was as a tabernacle, in which resided that Divine nature of which the glory in the Jewish tabernacle was the symbol. But the grace of His heart was not expended by its earthly efforts; after He ascended to glory, He manifested in an equal degree the forbearing kindness of His heart, the distinguishing sovereignty of His grace. Brown, M. This of two distinct natures in one Person: hypostatically.For the more distinct management of this latter I shall speak of it —1. Add the Incarnation to Theism and we have peace, "Ye believe in God, believe also in Me." What responsibilities!(Bp. But all people do not accept the Bible; we have therefore to move along other lines of argument. THE NAME BY WHICH OUR LORD IS DESCRIBED.1. All is by the Word, expressive: but into the life which is the light of men — that is to say, which in men becomes self-conscious, intelligent, capable of reflecting the Maker's image, He, the Word, can pat more meaning, more expression, than he could into the inorganic creation; and so can render it more significant, more declaratory of the Divine thoughts, mind, and will. He is full of grace, but He has not neglected the sterner quality. Of His self-sacrifice.4. A memorable ovation was given him by the people, and they never forgot his voluntary sharing of their sufferings.(H. Applying to Scripture the argument of design, we conclude that it was constructed on a plan which must have existed in a single mind before it was executed in the progressive publication of the separate books. How different with Christ! Why, if he is only an animal, should the question of his life be followed more anxiously than that of an ox or a sheep? Full of truth. As the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ. Jesus became a medium through whom the dazzling attributes of Deity were modified, and a focus in whom the infinite perfections of Diety were centred.II. It is equally clear that a man who denies all cannot be invited to the Lord's table. How reconcile justice and mercy? Nor does it matter that His life was lived on a small planet. What is this fact? A sacrifice must be found that is both pure and human. Being made flesh He will be a benefactor to it. With wonderful condescension He came not as before in power and majesty, but in weakness and shame, in the likeness of the fallen creature whom it was His purpose to restore.III. The heart was systematically crushed under ancient forms of civilization. How is this to be accounted for? Of other remedies nothing has been told us, but we know that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.II. Denton, M. A. Who would have thought that the kindness and grace of our Lord would have rested upon such a man as Saul?4. As the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ. There is grace in other men; but they have it as water flowing through a pipe: He as water in its fountain. "Here is fulfilment, higher than had yet been known, of the ancient word, I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you, and anticipation of what shall yet be when the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them; and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them — their God."(J. The concourse and co-operation of each nature to His mediatory works, for in them He acts according to both natures. "Rejoice in the Lord alway." But of all characters, ancient or modern, none demand so much intent gazing as that of Jesus Christ. Not by surrounding influences. John 1:1-14 Sermon Posted on January 29, 2012 by Steve and Lindsay There are 364 days in the year that are not Christmas–unless you count the 12 days of the Christmas season and let’s be honest: nobody counts the 12 days of Christmas. "(c)The world. And this impression is deepened by the vicissitudes to which men are exposed, and the cheapness of human life. That He might have sympathy with us. And we are eye-witnesses of it (1 John 1:1, 2, 3).(J. "Whoso layeth his hand on a human body toucheth heaven," said Novalis and Carlyle. His flesh, that is, His body of human nature, was as a tabernacle, in which resided that Divine nature of which the glory in the Jewish tabernacle was the symbol. )Why was the Incarnation delayedJ. And oh! Garbett, M. A.I. Each individual believer in this covenant of grace, lives eternally. )And dwelt among us and we beheld His gloryChrist the tabernacle of GodArrowsmith., G. J. The singular advancement of Christ's human nature, it being hereby replenished with an unparalleled measure of Divine graces (Psalm 45:8), and so He becomes the object of worship (Acts 7:59).3. THE AFFIRMATION HERE MADE CONCERNING THE WORD "became flesh." He effects a great deliverance, and bestows an infinite wisdom. (3) Not made as friends are made, who continue two several persons still, and while the flesh suffered the Word stood by and looked on as Nestorius. TO MAN'S PLACE IS THE SCALE OF BEING: correcting the depreciation of man by science and the exaggerated dignity conferred upon him by Pantheism. You cannot understand the account of His life unless you recognize His Godhead and manhood.1. We, not one but many.3. )The NativityBp. (2) As we may say, in this guarded manner, that in the Incarnation the Divine became human; so we may say also, somewhat paradoxically, that in the Incarnation the Eternal became temporal, clothed itself in forms of time and space, in order to reveal that which was before the foundation of the world, which is from everlasting to everlasting. True, we do cherish very humble views of it; but humble views are not low views. In a palace, cradle of ivory, robes of estate! Thus "the Word was made flesh," that we might be able to say, "we saw His glory. From the means adopted to secure the design of His mission. Experience.3. Being past these points of belief, LET US PAUSE TO STIR UP OUR LOVE TO HIM WHO THUS BECAME FLESH FOR US.1. Communion.III. How can we behold?1. His generation eternal as the Word of God is as the inditing of the Word within the heart. J. Vaughan, M. A.1. So it has been since the Incarnation. Written communications must have been subject to manifold hindrances and limitations as an agency of salvation, as was shown when they were actually employed.5. THE REAL KISSING THE IDEAL. The avatars of India and the Apotheoses of Greece are only efforts of the mind to anticipate this great doctrine of Christianity. "This is the victory, etc."(d)Wrath. A man might have uttered the Beatitudes, but as mere man, being modest and truthful, could have said, "I and my Father are one." In the first, Christ is introduced to us by John the Baptist as the Lamb of God; in the second, He is the Temple of God; in the third, He is the glorious anti-type of the brazen serpent; in the fourth, He says, in answer to the woman's question, "I Am;" in the fifth, He is the Judge of all; in the sixth, He says: "I am the Bread of Life;" in the seventh, He is the Water of Life; in the eighth and ninth, He says twice: "I am the Light of the World; " in the tenth, He says: "I am the good shepherd;" in the eleventh, He says: "I am the Resurrection and the Life; " in the twelfth, He is the King of Zion riding in triumph to His capital; in the thirteenth, He is the perfect Exemplar; in the fourteenth, He says: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life;" in the fifteenth, He says: "I am the True Vine;" in the sixteenth, He is the Precursor of the Comforter; in the seventeenth, He is the great Intercessor; in the eighteenth, He is, by His own solem asseveration to Pilate, the King of a spiritual domain, whose fundamental principle is truth; in the nineteenth, He is the Willing Victim; and in the twentieth, He is again the Resurrection and the Life.IV. At His Resurrection.6. There are some who say this name was given because so many excellent words of prophecy and promise, and all of Him, are spoken in this Book — the Word objective.2. His CHARACTER and life, and therefore open moral and spiritual eyes were needed to see it.III. From the means adopted to secure the design of His mission. The Word is made flesh, and sojourns among men; and they find in Him the very fulness of the Godhead bodily.(J. A man may be a Christian who does not accept all the doctrines of the creeds. THE CHARACTER AND CONDUCT OF CHRIST CAN ONLY BE EXPLAINED ON THE GROUND THAT HE, THE WORD MADE FLESH, IS THE SATISFACTION FOR THIS DESIRE. Were it a mere question of love or power, He could have been sent earlier; but as it was also a question of wisdom, He must not be sent at a period likely to defeat the end in view. Class Jesus, as some do, with Plato and Shakespeare, and He would receive no more honour than they. 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