Monday, May 05, 2014

Saphir: carnal?

Monday, May 5, 2014
    When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
    —Luke 24:30-31 (NIV)
    The word “carnal” is ambiguous. “Flesh” means sin and corruption, and is opposed to the Spirit; but embodiment, outward manifestation, concrete form, is not opposed to the Spirit. “Carnal” means sinful and hostile to God; the evil spirits, who we suppose possess no bodies, are carnal, but the Son of God became man, the Word was made flesh, He took upon Him a human body as well as a reasonable soul. God’s ways and thoughts are not ours. While the abstract and ethereal imaginations of human reason create a god, who is not spirit, and whom they do not worship in spirit and truth, the God of the Bible is God manifest in the flesh—Immanuel... Did not Jesus, after His resurrection, eat before His disciples, who gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and honey? Is not the earth to be the scene of God’s triumph and manifestation? Whatever is revealed in spiritual, whatever man imagines is carnal; the end o! f the ways of God is embodiment.
    ... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 180 (see the book)
    See also Luke 24:30-31; Matt. 1:17-18,23; 13:55-56; Luke 1:30-35; 24:36-43; John 1:14; 20:26-27; Rom. 9:5; Gal. 4:4-5; 1 John 1:1-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You became one of us for our sake.
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