Emmanuel! (24)

He deigns in flesh t’appear, widest extremes to join;
To bring our vileness near, and make us all divine:
And we the life of God shall know, for God is manifest below.

—Charles Wesley


Emmanuel! (23)

The Son of God, who created Adam for sonship, communion and immortality, does not abandon His loving purposes for humanity, but in order to redeem humanity Himself becomes man, that He might fulfill for us in His own person God’s purposes of love and obedience and worship.

—James B. Torrance, “Christ in Our Place” in A Passion for Christ, 47

Emmanuel! (22)

In incarnation enfleshment the God who is spirit took to Himself man’s own bodily life.  God thereby affirmed man’s bodily state by making it His own, and affirms it even today since, at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, stands Jesus Christ with His human nature intact in glory.

—Nigel Cameron, Complete in Christ, 75

Emmanuel! (21)

I am suggesting, then, that the incarnational Christology of the New Testament had its roots not in philosophical speculation, and still less in the gratuitous imitation of supposedly similar ideas in other religions and cultures, but in Christian experience of Jesus, both in His earthly ministry and in His risen power, and that it was the natural translation of this experience into an attitude of worship which provided the seedbed for New Testament Christology. To fail to explore and account for this attitude of worship, as has much modern discussion of the origins of Christology, is to discard the real life situation of a warm and experience-centred devotion to Jesus in favour of a process of philosophical speculation which lacks an adequate starting-point in the life of the Christian church.

—R.T. France, “The Worship of Jesus: A Neglected Factor in Christological Debate?” in Christ the Lord: Studies in Christology Presented to Donald Guthrie, 33

Emmanuel! (18)

Leader: Let us now proclaim our faith with the saints of the ages:

All: We profess that God fulfilled the promise
that He had made to the early fathers
by the mouth of His holy prophets
when He sent his only and eternal Son into the world
at the time set by Him.
The Son took the “form of a servant”
and was made in the “likeness of man,”
truly assuming a real human nature,
with all its weaknesses, except for sin;
being conceived in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
without male participation.
And He not only assumed human nature
as far as the body is concerned
but also a real human soul,
in order that He might be a real human being.
For since the soul had been lost as well as the body,
He had to assume them both to save them both together.
In this way He is truly our Immanuel—
that is: “God with us.”

Belgic Confession (1561), Article 18