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The Incarnation

(Tenet No. 3)

1. What are we to understand by the word “Incarnation”?
The Act of God the Son, in taking to Himself, as a Divine Person, a human nature, thus becoming the God-man (1st John 1:14, Phil. 2:6,7)

2. Why did He become incarnate?
To redeem mankind from the fall, restoring man to God, and thus destroying the works of the devil. (1st John 3:8, Matt. 1:21, Eph. 2:13)

3. In what way was our Lord made incarnate?
By being born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:21-23)

4. What are we to understand by the virgin birth?
That He was conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Virgin Mary, of her substance, but that He had no human father. (Luke 1:27,31,35)

5. Was Christ the Son of God, sinless man?
Because the Scriptures say concerning Mary, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the highest shall overshadow thee; therefore that Holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35)

6. Why did Christ take upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh?
That He, through His vicarious death, might be the Mediator of the Covenant of Grace to reconcile man to God. (1st Tim. 2:5-6, 1st Pet. 2:24)

7. On whom does Covenant of Grace depend?
God’s only-begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb. 9:15)

8. Why was it necessary that the Mediator should be God?
Only He who was God could answer God on our behalf, and thus be the Saviour of mankind. (Heb. 1:2,3, Phil. 2:5-11)

9. Why was it necessary that the Mediator should be Man?
In order that He might die for our sins and represent us before God. (Heb. 9:13-15, 2:17)

10. Is it possible to have any other mediator?
No. For there is no other mediator that would have served to atone for sin. (1st Tim. 2:5)

11. Why is His mediation acceptable?
Because being God and Man in one Person sinless in nature and behaviour, He is able to save unto the uttermost those that come to God by Him. (Heb. 7:25)

12. Does our Lord Jesus Christ still act as Mediator between us and God?
Yes. He ever liveth in the presence of God to make intercession for us. (Heb. 7:25, 9:24)

13. What do we learn from the truth of the incarnation?
Without the incarnation, man could not have been reconciled to God, or have partaken of the blessings of the Gospel. (Acts 4:12)