the Doctrine of Incarnation

The Incarnation of Christ
1) Introduction
2) What is the real need for the
3) How did the Incarnation happen?
4) What is the meaning of Incarnation?
5) What are the blessings of the
1) Introduction
• In Christianity the Doctrine of
Incarnation is:
+ A Cornerstone
- Without Incarnation there is no Christianity
+ Redeeming
- Salvation from Adam’s death
- God’s Mercy vs. Justice
+ Uniting
- God is united with Man
2) The need for Incarnation?
God Forgiveness vs. Incarnation:
• The punishment: “for in the day that you eat of it
you shall surely die” Genesis 2:17
• The result: human “nature” is corrupted eternally
and forgiving the disobedience “action” is not enough
to satisfy God’s Justice.
• The solution: God, to satisfy His Mercy, had to
unite with the human flesh and carry the death
3. How did the Incarnation happen?
Who for us all and for our salvation came down
from heaven and was incarnated of the Holy
Spirit and of the Virgin Mary and became Man
The birth of Christ occurred in 3 steps:
1) Divine: from the Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary forming “God
2) Human: God Incarnate grew in St. Mary’s womb .
3) Divine: Baby Jesus (God Incarnate) was born preserving
St. Mary’s virginity then and forever.
“This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it
because the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be
shut” Ezekiel 44:2
4. Meaning of Incarnation?
God humbled Himself and took the same
flesh as ours and manifested Himself in
flesh as a Man.
“And without controversy great is the mystery
of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh”
1Timothy 3:16
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among
us” John 1:14
4. Meaning of Incarnation? “Cont’d”
God Incarnate has two natures in one
without change of God’s divinity.
“He (God) made It (Christ’s Body) One with His
divinity without mingling, confusion and
alteration” (Liturgy)
4. Meaning of Incarnation? “Cont’d”
God Incarnate (our Lord Jesus Christ)
appeared as a True Man and a True God in
one Person when He was in the flesh.
Man: He was born in Bethlehem, Matthew 2:1
God: Before Abraham was, I AM, John 8:58
Man: “For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save that which was lost”, Luke 19:10
God: “but these are written that you may
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of
God”, John 20:31
The Blessings of Incarnation
• Revealed God’s love to Man; John 3:16
• Was the first step for Man’s redemption;
John 3:17
• Renewed the corrupted nature of Man; 1Cor
• Gave the man the knowledge about God;
John 1:18
• Presented to man the high example for
human perfection; John 8:46