Incarnation: Jesus has always existed. He had no beginning and He has no end. In order to save humanity, He came to earth for a number of years and lived as a man. He took on human flesh. While He never stopped being God, He chose to limit Himself for a certain number of years in order to accomplish what we could not, namely the defeat of sin and death so that we could be in unbroken relationship with God once more.
Related Concepts and/or Examples
Sin – rebellion against God
Hypostatic Union – Jesus was (and remains) fully God and fully man
Virgin Birth – Jesus was conceived by the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit
Kenosis – “emptying” or setting aside certain attributes
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