Thursday, October 23, 2014

Saphir: the humanity of Christ

Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
    —Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV)
    Let us not forget the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us not think of it vaguely, and fall into the heretical fancy that the Son of God became man merely to transact certain things which were necessary to secure the salvation of men, and that after this object was achieved His human nature recedes into the background and impenetrable obscurity. No, it is not so; all-important as His work on earth was—the only foundation of our hope and blessedness—let us adore the revealed mystery that God gave us His Son, never to recall Him, as it were, and take Him away from us; He spared Him not and gave Him to us, allowing Him to become man, exalting Him as the Son of Man, enthroning Him because of his obedience unto death, and giving unto Him as the Son of Man all power in heaven and earth.
    ... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 145-146 (see the book)
    See also Phil. 2:5-11; Ps. 22:1-5; Isa. 53:10; Matt. 4:1-2; 11:29; 28:18-20; Luke 24:41-43; John 1:14; 3:16-17; Rom. 5:8; 8:32; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 12:2; 1 John 1:2-3; 4:2-3,10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we adore You that You have deigned to become one of us.
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