Three Scriptures on the Incarnation

Four verses from Philippians, two from Hebrews.  Each describe the voluntary act of Jesus humbling himself to the Father’s will.  Each describe him as smaller, weaker or lower than his original state, and each ends in death.  But as far as we are concerned, his death was his greatest moment.  He tasted death so that none of us have to.  Death that is separation from the body maybe, but not the death that is total separation from God.  And he defeated the one with the power of death, that is the devil.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
(Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)

But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
(Hebrews 2:9 ESV)

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,
(Hebrews 2:14 ESV)

Heaven is the realm of the Godhead, earth is the realm of Satan.  Jesus has light and life, Satan has darkness and death.  Jesus came from heaven and entered the realm of Satan and his angels, the world of sin and death.  Jesus, through his death and resurrection, defeated death, hell and the grave.  He has the words of life and has defeated death.  He is the light that entered darkness; and the darkness could not overcome it.  Satan will be cast into the pit to which Jesus holds the key.

He did this so you and I might live.  Why serve any other?

4 thoughts on “Three Scriptures on the Incarnation

  1. Oh God, the only God, help us to see through the enemy’s deception and know that “In all the world there is no one but you, dear God, there is no one but you.” (Oswald Chambers)

  2. Earth is not the realm of Satan, according to scriptural tradition; rather, “The Earth is God’s, and the fullness thereof.”

    Incarnation rebuts the idea that earth and heaven cannot be One.

  3. When Lucifer was cast from heaven (and a third of the angels with him) this plane of existence is where he fell to. Genesis 3 never explicitly says the serpent was Satan but that has certainly been the traditional view and other scriptures seem to indicate as much. The curse in Gen. 3:15 is often interpreted as a veiled reference to the work of the Messiah and the fact that Satan will one day be struck down. I was trying to counter the notion that God is in heaven and Satan is in hell. This world we live in now is where heaven and hell meet, a staging ground for each person to choose one’s eternal destiny. One might encounter angels or demons in the struggle.

    The earth exists today in a fallen state, first affected by sin and then by the curse. The great flood further destroyed the world that God had made and called good. But you are right in that it will one day be redeemed. God will reclaim what is his, death and hell will be cast into the lake of fire. Satan and those who reject God will suffer eternal death and heaven and earth will be one. The present, however, is the age of darkness. We live in a world of disease, hunger, suffering and death. These are the effects of sin and judgement and Satan is an agent, a catalyst of bringing those. (I don’t want to say responsible because it’s all God’s plan after all.) But God is here too and that’s why there is hope. What we have is shadows of former things, remnants of the beauty and perfection God created. It’s like a fixer upper and yes, he is going to fix it right up.

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